At Michael’s House, we offer support and understanding for LGBTQ+ individuals seeking recovery. We understand that different populations have different needs, and to meet those unique needs we offer integrated treatment with gender-specific programs for both men and women. Within those programs, there is also a specific track for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals. The goal isn’t to separate – participants are still part of the larger population – but to provide a safe place to address both the external and internalized oppression that can often present barriers to an LGBTQ+ individual’s recovery from addiction and mental health issues. Our philosophy is to approach each patient with acceptance and nonjudgment, and our integrative model is highly supportive of the LGBTQ+ community.
Compassion and respect can go a long way in helping individuals recover from addiction. LGBTQ+ individuals often suffer from past trauma and negative life experiences that can complicate their road to recovery. By being able to process these experiences in a safe setting and surrounded by a supportive therapeutic community, LGBTQ+ individuals can rediscover themselves and find new strength in a positive life path. Drugs and alcohol are no longer needed to self-medicate emotional or psychological pain, and any mental health issues can be addressed and managed in a caring, comprehensive way.
LGBTQ+ Programming at Michael’s House
The LGBTQ+ track at Michael’s House was created out of a natural response to LGBTQ+ individuals coming to us from near and far looking for a safe place to recover from addiction and mental health issues. We show our support in a variety of ways. Michael’s House works to provide an LGBTQ+ affirmative environment within the community as well as offering support by participating in the Palm Springs gay pride parade. Our diverse staff is proud to be part of an integrated program where the LGBTQ+ and heterosexual communities work through their issues together as they deal with real-life during treatment and in ongoing recovery.
Each week, participants have the option to attend two LGBTQ+-themed groups: one process group and one group with an educational focus. Each educational series runs for six consecutive weeks to coincide with the rotation of the schedule, ensuring that the information is always fresh without repeating. While there are facilities that offer completely segregated LGBTQ+ programs, we’ve found that the LGBTQ+ community benefits greatly from an integrated approach, allowing them to interact with a wide range of individuals throughout the treatment process, just as they will in their post-treatment lives.
Our goal is to provide positive therapeutic experiences and trauma resolution that will help LGBTQ+ individuals live full lives in recovery.
Speak with an Admissions Coordinator 760-548-4032