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In the Closet about Addiction and Sexuality

Every lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) person faces the decision to reveal or not reveal his or her sexual orientation and identity. Every LGBT person must fully understand him or herself, learn how to adapt to life and defeat prejudice and misunderstanding. Coming out of the closet takes guts. The brave men and women who embrace their identity are usually happier and more comfortable, but it takes time to get there.

Many people turn to drugs and alcohol to cope with the difficult emotions and family strain of an LGBT identity. It can be tempting to self-medicate the stressful emotions, depression, and anxiety that any brave life action requires. If you are in the closet, hiding your addiction and your sexuality, you can only find wellness through a reputable and licensed treatment program.

Integrated Rehabilitation

There are specialty addictions programs available that offer integrated services that will do the following:

  • Allow you to be yourself
  • Encourage your individuality
  • Offer guidance and support as you come out to live a free life

Integrated rehab programs combine the best in mental health care and targeted addiction treatment. Specialty LGBT integrated treatment programs understand that your sexuality is not a mental illness. You can be comfortable in your own skin without drugs or alcohol.

Integrated treatment can help heal the wounds from the following and more:

  • Bullying
  • Family conflict
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Trauma

Because integrated works to treat both emotional conflicts and addiction under one roof, you can heal more completely and achieve sobriety with a treatment team that works with you the entire time.

Complicated Emotions

It is a rare family or social network that completely accepts each person for who they are. Every person must make a decision in life about “coming out of the closet” about something. Some people must decide whether or not to share their issues with depression. Others may decide whether or not to share issues related to an illness, a financial situation, a family problem or success in career or school. We all carry secrets throughout life.

There are qualified and experienced mental health counselors who study, understand and have also experienced the complicated emotions related to coming out.

You owe it to yourself to find a supportive and welcoming community that understands what you are going through and can help you heal.

Help for Addiction

We offer a toll-free helpline that is designed to help each caller find supportive treatment, counseling or mental health care as needed. Our experienced recovery counselors dedicate their careers to helping people find licensed, reputable and proven treatment.

We can help you find family counseling, rehab care, detox services, mental health support, LGBT support and more. We are here 24 hours a day, so please call 760-548-4032 now to find out how we can help you.

Feeling Suicidal During Recovery

When you think about it, drug and alcohol addiction is like a slow suicide.[1] You may not want to end your life in the heat of the moment. But you do permit the gradual poisoning of your mind and body.

Some people also get strong suicidal thoughts and urges during their active addiction and subsequent recovery. Many people who become sober can stop the slow self-harm of addiction before much permanent damage is done. But too many die in tragic ways during an active drug or alcohol addiction. Understanding the risks of depression and suicide associated with addiction can help you or your loved one make the choice to get help.

Impaired Impulse Control and Judgment

Woman getting drunkWhen someone is addicted to drugs or alcohol, they go all the way each time. They drink to get drunk and use drugs to get high. When this happens, the physiological effects become overwhelming. And that is usually the point for the addict, because excessive intoxication is what it takes to escape reality every day.

Unfortunately, heavy drug or alcohol use also impairs the basic functions that allow a person to live safely. Judgment becomes distorted and unreliable. A highly intoxicated person can easily misjudge oncoming traffic, their risk for falling, or the wisdom of provoking an aggressive person. Impulse control is also reduced with high levels of intoxication. Part of this comes from the immediate side effects of the drug or alcohol. The person’s cycle of compulsive behavior and obsessive thoughts allow them to answer their impulses to drink or use drugs. This impulsiveness often disrupts other areas of a person’s life.

Impaired Judgment Increases Suicide Danger

When it comes to addiction, the risk of suicide multiplies in a scary way.[2] When poor judgment and poor impulse control combine, the despair and emptiness so many addicts live with every day is increased exponentially. At some point, multiple problems begin to pile up. The negativity of an addicted mind seizes the opportunity to drive the point home. Thoughts of, “I’m worthless, it’s all pointless, nobody would care, everyone would be better off if I ended it now, this won’t get better, there’s no hope,” spin out of control. A sober suicidal person may be able to reach out for help or at least stop themselves from taking action, but a highly intoxicated suicidal person is far more likely to act on an impulse that puts them in harm’s way. And if someone already has depression or a history of suicide, the pathway to suicidal thoughts and actions is even more likely. People who are intoxicated may make suicidal gestures in order to get attention. Unfortunately, they may die accidentally because they misjudged the risk of their actions.

Curb Suicide Risk by Getting Sober Today

The best way to reduce the risk of suicide is to get sober now. It may take a while for an addict’s life to really turn around, but the suicide risk will drop significantly. As things improve, a recovering addict may have less reason to consider suicide in the first place. But just to be safe, anyone with a history of suicidal thoughts or attempts should always have a safety plan as part of their larger recovery plan. Find out more about getting sober by calling us today at 760-548-4032.

[1] The Mayo Clinic. “Drug Addiction,” December 5, 2014. Accessed March 28, 2017. http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/drug-addiction/basics/definition/con-20020970

[2] Carolyn C. Ross M.D., M.P.H. “Suicide: One of Addiction’s Hidden Risks,” Psychology Today, February 20, 2014. Accessed March 28, 2017.