Addiction Treatment for the LGBTQ+ Community

Acceptance: For LGBTQ+ patients

You deserve to be your authentic self both inside and outside of addiction treatment. Recovery Centers of America provides the comfort and privacy needed so you can focus on getting well again.

According to, 40.3% (4.3 million) members of the LGBTQ+ community age 18 and older reported using illicit drugs in the past year, which is higher than the national average (18%).  People in the LGBTQ+ community can face social stigma, discrimination, harassment, and violence. Because of these factors and other stressors, LGBTQ+ individuals are at an increased risk for behavioral health issues, says the National Institute on Drug Abuse.

We know the best results yield from patients feeling accepted, safe, and respected. It’s critical for the LGBTQ+ community to feel included, safe, and treated fairly in all aspects of life, especially when it comes to receiving medical care.

Much like the stigma that surrounds addiction, members of the LGBTQ+ community still face discrimination. RCA believes in removing as many barriers as possible when it comes to addiction treatment, including discrimination and bias. RCA has zero tolerance for hate and discrimination. We know that patients thrive when immersed in a community of like-minded people who are dealing with similar life experiences – which is why we’ve created the Acceptance program specifically for our LGBTQ+ patients and others who wish to participate. Like our other programs – Breaking Free Trauma Program, Evolutions for Older Adults, etc. – participation in Acceptance is 100% voluntary.

Acceptance caters to the individual needs, situations, and histories of our LGBTQ+ patients– all without the worry of stigmas impacting your treatment.

Addiction Treatment Unlike Any Other

RCA treats each patient holistically: mind, body, and soul. We recognize each patient is different, and enters treatment with their own set of concerns, needs, and background. We take all of this into consideration as we apply our evidence-based treatment, starting with medically supervised detoxification, and moving to residential inpatient and outpatient services.

All of this is delivered by our compassionate team of masters-level primary therapists, nurses, therapists, addiction medicine trained physicians, and recovery support specialists – many of whom are in recovery themselves.

Our structured inpatient treatment consists of:

  • Medically supervised detoxification
  • Group, individual, and family therapy
  • Art and music therapy
  • 12 Step seminars
  • Keynote speakers
  • A comprehensive health and wellness program, and nutritional services
  • Spiritual services

Safe, Inclusive Environment

In Acceptance, you will be surrounded by LGBTQ+ individuals and others who support the LGBTQ+ community; individuals who have dealt with similar life situations and will be able to support one another through connection and shared experiences.

Our curriculum is designed to address common areas of interest and concern, including:

  • Coping with identity and coming out
  • Equating self-worth to social media popularity
  • Tackling self-harm and insecurities
  • How to be your authentic self outside of your comfort zone
  • Using religion and/or spirituality to calm the soul and fill deeper, subconscious needs
  • How to cope with loss of a family member or loved one or loss of a person or job due to discrimination
  • Facing stereotypes and stigmas.
  • Finding the right sponsor
  • Whether (and how) to inform others of your recovery and/or your sexual orientation and/or gender experience
  • Managing social media and online bullying by non-LGBTQ+ people
  • Understanding trauma (which may or may not be related to sexuality and/or gender) and secondary trauma
  • Investing in today and connecting with our communities and people around us


How are RCA staff trained to deal with common issues for LGBTQ+ members?
The entire RCA team has gone through sensitivity and trauma training and approaches each situation and each patient with these two key factors in mind. Our team understands the difference between gender and sexuality, binary and non-binary, and varying sexual classifications, and promises to:

  • Not assume how a patient wants to be addressed
  • Allow patients to be free to express themselves
  • Prohibit bullying
  • Invite patients to correct us if we unintentionally use incorrect language
  • Maintain confidences. We respect your privacy and wishes when it comes to disclosing your sexual preferences
  • Appreciate the personal struggles each LGBTQ+ patient may have endured
  • Discuss the concerns patients may have about navigating treatment as an LGBTQ+ patient

Do you offer family counseling? What if I’m not on good terms with my family?
However you define your family, family members are encouraged to participate in our family educational seminars and family counseling with our masters-level Primary Therapists. We encourage patients to have a solid support system, starting at home. Like you, loved ones need to adapt and embrace the road to recovery. You and your Primary Therapist will work together to determine what works best for you. We are willing to work with any family situation, whether the relationship needs to be completely rebuilt or the lines of communication strengthened.

I don’t want religion involved in my treatment – is that possible?
RCA believes in the power and effectiveness of an immersive 12 Step program. The best part about the 12 Steps is they are what you make them. If you’d like the Higher Power in the 12 Steps to be associated with a specific religion, you can do so. If you’d rather keep the 12 Steps more spiritual, instead of religious, you can do that as well. Any spiritual or religious onsite services are completely voluntarily.

Is my sexual orientation going to be reported to state or county officials or my employer?

Are your doctors and therapists trained in issues related or impact the LGBTQ+ community?
Before RCA launches a program, such as Acceptance, all staff in all departments are trained in the new program. With Acceptance, staff are trained to ensure sensitivity to the patients.

How do you handle incidents of bias against patients in the LGBTQ+ community within your facilities?
RCA does not tolerate any type of bullying, regardless of its source. Our job is to make your stay as comfortable – physically and emotionally – as possible, so that you can focus your energies on recovery. Staff are trained in intervening when bias rears its ugly head.

Do you allow a partner to be considered a next of kin?

Are LGBTQ+ members segregated in any way from the rest of the patients in the facility?
No, RCA finds that total segregation is counterproductive, because we all live together in the world. However, we do offer ample time for private discussions about your concerns, such as in small group or individually with your Primary Therapist.

RCA welcomes members of the LGBTQ+ community at all of our locations and we are proud to offer the Acceptance program at our Danvers, MA location. Acceptance is one example of our efforts to tailor our treatment to address common issues with specific populations, such as Young Adults, First Responders, patients who have experienced trauma, and more. We are inclusive and respectful of all patients, regardless of their gender, sexuality, and race. We honor each patient’s discretion to maintain privacy and personal preferences.

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