Addicts deserve to be in a treatment program with diversity, where the staff is sensitive to their personal issues and where they respect the community that the addict comes from.
Lack of understanding of a specific person or community can generate negative attitudes and make an addict feel less welcomed into recovery. This increases the potential for dropping out, social isolation, returning to social using, and eventually, a return to addictive behaviors.
Sexual Identity and Gender Orientation Issues: The lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community has unique treatment issues. Negative attitudes toward LGBT individuals can still be detrimental to recovery. If you belong to the LGBT community, find a treatment program where the staff is sensitive and knowledgeable about LGBT challenges. Should staff try to deny your reality, or convert you into a mainstream or a religious reality, seek help elsewhere. The staff needs to be comfortable dealing with your unique emotional, family, and medical issues.
What if you feel you’re not able to openly acknowledge your sexual or gender identity? You must do what it takes to come out, at least to those closest to you, or find peace through healthy diversion, spiritual or therapeutic work, and self-acceptance.
First of all, you should be able to locate desirable treatment services in urban areas. Peer run support groups are an option. Hence, keep looking until you find what you need.
Other areas of diversity
Race, Culture, or Nationality: A large part of community is based on race, culture, and nationality. A few examples of how these communities play a part in recovery include:
- Cultures that use a pub as a social center
- Taboos that disallow leaving a family, gang, or tribe
- The cultural shame of admitting you have a problem for which you need help.
Furthermore, if you can’t find the support you need within your family or community, go outside of it. The worst likely outcome would be emotional upset or the need to separate from toxic family and friends. This is hard, so ask for support from someone who’s already found outside help. Don’t worry about being accepted by others. Most people will naturally accept you once they get to know you personally.