At Cedar Hills Hospital and Outpatient Services, our providers work to create an open and non-judgmental dialog with clients. When people are able to converse respectfully and support one another, this opens the doors for real healing. Cedar Hills Hospital and Outpatient Services offer culturally responsive services and resources to people in the LGBT+ community. If you are looking for culturally responsive LGBT+ mental health care or substance use disorder treatment in the Portland area, Cedar Hills Hospital and Outpatient Services offers both acute hospital treatment and stabilization, and partial hospitalization or intensive outpatient mental health and addiction treatment. Contact us today at 503.944.5000 for more information.
Why is there a need for LGBTQ addiction treatment? All too often, people who are part of the LGBTQ+ community don’t feel accepted or understood. Sometimes, their own families reject them due to their sexual orientation. Other times, they may suffer discrimination or violence.
Drug and alcohol abuse affects people of all ages and demographics. For members of the LGBTQ+ community, addiction and mental health crisis happen more often than for others. Individuals who are gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender or non-binary have more complex issues tied to addiction and their mental health. An LGBTQ+ program can be especially beneficial for people who identify as a part of this community. One does not have to be “out” to other patients in order to access care from staff who understand these differences.
Unfortunately, LGBTQ+ individuals are more likely to fall into drug and alcohol addiction in order to cope with stigmas and discrimination. While some non-LGBTQ+ people in recovery have a strong family support system, many LGBTQ+ individuals do not. They often feel alone and ashamed. The right LGBTQ addiction treatment treats the substance use disorder and shows individuals how worthy and important they truly are.
If you identify as a part of the LGBT+ community, you don’t want a program or staff that simply tolerates you being there. You may want to feel accepted and recover alongside others who are in similar situations. By taking part in an LGBTQ+ program that is sensitive and responsive to your needs, you can better access the full benefits of treatment.
An LGBTQ+ treatment program that is culturally responsive can provide the following benefits for participants:
Above all, an LGBTQ+ treatment program should make individuals feel safe and supported. This may also be the first time you’ve ever felt this way.
Participants will learn to cope with negative emotions in positive, productive ways. Our programs are designed to dig deep into the core issues contributing to your illness.
Our culturally responsive LGBTQ+ services include:
We take a holistic approach to care using evidence-based methods that give individuals the best chance to heal.
If you or a loved one is struggling with mental illness, substance abuse or psychiatric distress, please call us at 503-944-5000 for a no-cost, confidential assessment. We cannot offer diagnosis, counseling or recommendations online, but professionals are available to speak with you 24 hours a day, seven days a week. If you are currently experiencing an emergency, please dial 911 or go to the nearest emergency room.