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La Fuente Hollywood Comes Out Of The Closet

Dear Friends and Colleagues, I’m writing to you with very exciting news about La Fuente Hollywood Treatment Center as we celebrate 10-years serving the Greater Los Angeles community. I felt compelled to share this news with you first because I consider you a trusted colleague or friend. As you may know, La Fuente opened its doors in 2005 as a sober living and in 2011 transitioned into a State Licensed alcohol and drug program providing detox, residential and aftercare services. La Fuente also earned its 3-year CARF Accreditation in July of 2014. Now…the NEWS! La Fuente has fully come out of the closet! Let me explain. The majority of La Fuente’s client base over the years has always been gay men. While we never felt a need to promote La Fuente as a gay specific center, after spending the last 10-years working almost exclusively with gay men, we’ve come to realize that a need exists for a treatment program and clinical staff who are attuned to the specific needs of the LGBT community. The question some of you may have is “can an LGBT client exist in a mainstream treatment program?” The answer may be yes, however, it can be extremely challenging. La Fuente has worked with families who’s loved ones insisted on leaving treatment due to not fitting in or being bullied. An LGBT client should be provided the same comfort and safety in treatment as anyone else. The question I ask you to consider when referring or placing an LGBT person is “would this client have a greater chance at success among similar people?” In my experience, the answer is unequivocally “yes!” La Fuente over the years has developed a curriculum designed to address the specific needs of LGBT people, and offers community integration for it’s clients that is not available at any other Greater Los Angeles treatment program. We would appreciate your support in helping us get the word out that La Fuente Hollywood Treatment Center has something very special and important to offer for a member of the LGBT community who may be struggling with addiction. We would love the opportunity to meet with you and answer any questions you many have. Sincerely, Manny Rodriguez, La Fuente Hollywood Treatment Center Executive Director

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