Drug detox programs are often the first step to a safe and healthy recovery. Drug addiction and dependency are increasingly prevalent across the United States. Unfortunately, drug addiction is increasingly common among the LGBTQ community. Some may self-medicate to deal with social prejudice. Others may enjoy party drugs and find themselves dependent on drugs like MDMA and meth. LGBTQ drug and alcohol detox programs provide a safe, compassionate environment to help community members regain control of their lives.
La Fuente Hollywood Treatment Center is on the cutting-edge of drug and alcohol detox programs for the LGBTQ community. Call us to learn more about our Southern California programs today at 844.956.3514.
Do I Have a Drug Addiction?
Addiction looks different for everyone. Some people can use a party drug a handful of times and not develop cravings or dependency, while others get hooked after one dose. Those struggling with addiction are often very skilled at lying and manipulation, making it even harder to confront addiction. There are, however, common signs, including:
- Drug-seeking behavior
- Changes in sleep patterns
- Changes in appetite
- Weight loss
- Tremors and shaking
- Changes in behavior
- Mood swings
- Changes in breath and body odor
Those dealing with drug dependency also experience withdrawal when they stop using. Withdrawal symptoms can last days, weeks, and even months after a drug leaves the body. Often these symptoms mimic mood disorder symptoms. This can make it hard to differentiate withdrawal from mental health disorders. These symptoms may include:
- Feeling hopeless
- Mood swings
- Trouble concentrating
- Difficulty following conversations
Withdrawal symptoms are often the most challenging part of drug or alcohol detox. This is why detoxing at home often leads to relapse, overdose, or other drug-seeking behavior. Detoxing at home can also lead to further health complications.
Drug Detox Treatment
A professional rehabilitation program offered by a qualified drug detox center usually lasts 30, 60, or 90 days. These inpatient programs help clients safely detox and provide therapy to address addiction triggers. LGBTQ-friendly detox programs are both individual and community-minded. They focus on specific issues within the LGBTQ community that may trigger relapse and addiction.
Drug detox programs often use medical assistance to ease the detox process. These treatments use specific medications to ease withdrawal symptoms as the body detoxes. During drug use, the brain often stops making chemicals like dopamine because drugs like meth, MDMA, and opiates supply high levels of dopamine to the brain. As the brain and body become dependent on synthetic chemicals, it can take time to recover. During detox, withdrawal symptoms can make it easy to relapse. Over time, however, the brain will make its own chemicals again.
Detox treatments are tailored to an individual’s needs. For those in the LGBTQ community, specific programs can help heal the community beyond a single person. These are often partnered with mental health treatments like cognitive-behavioral therapy, group therapy, and family therapy to support dual diagnosis. These programs often include post-rehab treatment plans and recommendations for sober living facilities, as well as 12-step and alumni programs to keep sobriety a priority.
Begin Your Drug Detox Journey Today at La Fuente Hollywood Treatment Center
If you or someone you love is looking for compassionate, cutting-edge care for alcohol or drug detox, call La Fuente today. Our Southern California detox and rehab center provides a space for LGBTQ community members to safely detox and overcome various addictions. We use medically assisted detox methods alongside mental health support for a holistic healing experience. If you’re ready for a detox program, call us at 844.956.3514 to learn more about our drug detox programs.