Even in treatment, it can be hard to find a program that addresses these issues. Recovery Unplugged’s LGBTQ addiction treatment program is different. We’re not just another LGBTQ drug rehab-- our LGBTQ treatment centers focus on queer issues in constructive ways. We're ready to help you or your loved one take your life back.

The thought of living out and proud without using substances can be terrifying. At Recovery Unplugged, we’re committed to helping you make peace with the emotions that come with being queer. Don’t believe us? Check out Recovery Unplugged’s reviews. Our goal is to help you achieve peace of mind and balanced mental health while expressing who you are with pride.

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Our therapists have worked hard to create a safe space for everyone that comes through our program. We want our LGBTQ+ clients to have the opportunity to grow and heal as they are. The reality is that queer people have harder times accessing healthcare. Across the board, people in the LGBTQ community are often treated like second-class citizens. The substance abuse treatment industry is no different. Recovery Unplugged wants to change this.

What many LGBTQ addiction treatment programs don’t realize is that the queer community needs love and support. Rehab can be another scary experience when you’re gay. When you’re used to being considered “other,” it can be easy to expect the same from treatment programs. At Recovery Unplugged, we love you for who you are. Our goal is to help you build a support system while providing compassionate care.


Recovery Unplugged’s LGBTQ drug rehab is as unique as the community. Our LGBTQ+ rehab centers offer groups just for the queer population. Clients have the option to break gender-normative barriers and express themselves with proud. Above all else, we want you to be treated with the respect you deserve. It doesn’t matter if you’re trans, gender-nonconforming, non-binary, or queer. We’re here to give you the housing options, groups, and restroom access you need to feel safe, heard, and validated.

We know that it can be hard to find resources that suit your needs. That’s why we try to give our clients connections to sources within the LGBTQ+ and recovery communities. During your time in our LGBTQ drug rehab, we want to help you build a firm foundation in recovery. Sometimes, that involves helping you take steps to affirm your gender identity. Recovery Unplugged connects clients with other agencies that will help them gain access to important hormone therapies and gender-reaffirming resources.

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"My addiction started with the music scene in Atlanta-- just messing around. I played a lot of gigs and drugs are a big part of the culture. At first, it was weed, beer, and acid occasionally. It soon escalated into so much more. By the end of the year, right after I turned 15, I began smoking crack. I started doing heroin a few years later... I think the biggest trigger for the drug usage was definitely my gender issues. On drugs, I felt comfortable in my own body. Other things of course led up to varying degrees of using-- assault and things like that, but at the end of the day, my gender issues were my main reason for using. My lowest point was when I tried suicide by cop and ended up in a psych ward. I was in psychosis from a mixture of Xanax, Methamphetamines, and Fentanyl… I just lost it. I tried to hang myself, and that didn't work. I broke the doorknob. My parents called the police because I destroyed everything in the house. I told the police I had a gun, thinking they would shoot me. The police did the Georgia equivalent of Baker Acting me-- a 10-13, and I stayed in the psych ward for 11 days… Eventually, I realized that I was close to death. I was very sick, and I knew that if I didn’t go back to Recovery Unplugged I would die." Jonah B. Clean date: February 20, 2019 Interested in reading more of Jonah's story? Check it out at https://www.recoveryunplugged.com/humans-in-recovery/jonah-brooks/ #humansinrecovery #hir #recoveryunplugged #recovery #unplugged #pride #pridemonth #lgbt #lgbtq #lgbtqcommunity #clean #sober #cleanandsober #story #lifestory #inspirational #powerful #inspirationalstory #inrecovery #treatment #treatmentcenter #musicisourmedicine #musicmakesthedifference #recoveryrocks #iPartySober #musicalprescription

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Life isn’t easy when you’re queer, gay, or trans. Taking steps to come out and embrace who you are can often leave you with mental and emotional scars. That’s why at Recovery Unplugged, we have dual-diagnosis treatment to help clients address co-occurring mental health issues. We want clients to tackle the roots of their substance use and mental health issues in a safe environment. We believe that clients deserve compassionate LGBTQ addiction treatment programs that focus on the issues behind their substance abuse. Recovery Unplugged accomplishes this through a combination of traditional techniques and music-assisted treatment.

At our LGBTQ treatment centers, we offer medical detox to help with withdrawal. We also offer counseling to address the origins of addiction. All our programs are customized to each individual and include music-based therapies. Through music, our goal is to help clients center themselves and access the emotions beneath their substance abuse. It’s natural for LGBTQ patients to feel distrustful during talk-therapy. Many of these individuals have faced judgment their whole lives and are reluctant to open up to strangers. That’s why music is integral to our program.

Music can allow clients to confront their traumatic experiences in a safe and positive manner. The sad truth is that most people in the LGBTQ community have experienced some level of trauma and discrimination. Everyone, especially those who feel alone because of their queerness, can find peace in music. Recovery Unplugged uses this power, and we’re ready to use it to help you get clean and sober.


We know that for some people, gay culture and drug culture are the same. It can be hard to imagine having fun without using drugs or alcohol. The party doesn’t end when the drugs do. That’s why we’ve made it our goal to help the queer community say #iPartySober. We’ve had the chance to attend Pride in Austin and Wilton Manors, and plan on attending even more queer events.

Austin Pride Festival and Parade #iPartySober
Austin Pride Festival and Parade #iPartySober
Austin Pride Festival and Parade #iPartySober
Austin Pride Festival and Parade #iPartySober
Austin Pride Festival and Parade #iPartySober
Wilton Manors Stonewall Pride Parade and Festival
Wilton Manors Stonewall Pride Parade and Festival
Wilton Manors Stonewall Pride Parade and Festival


One of the realities of life in the queer community is that some areas of the country are far more welcoming than others. With facilities located close to Miami, Wilton Manors, and Austin, Recovery Unplugged has treatment centers in areas with large LGBTQ+ populations. By basing our LGBTQ addiction treatment programs in queer-friendly communities, our goal is to be an ally and provide support.

We’re here to help clients find a voice for themselves. We offer groups geared towards understanding one’s personal identity, self-worth, and how they affect substance abuse. A trauma track specifically to help those who have experienced trauma is also available. It can be hard to work through the process of finding an identity outside of the traumas we’ve experienced. That’s why our LGBTQ treatment centers focus on identifying and addressing the emotions that lend to substance abuse.

We offer LGBTQ-friendly facilities in multiple locations, including:


    Located just minutes away from Wilton Manors, our Fort Lauderdale treatment center is familiar with the local queer community. For us, members of the LGBTQ community are normal parts of our everyday lives. We don’t care who you love or how you identify. We only care that you want to get clean and that you love music. To us, you’re part of our family. Love is love, and we love you.


    Austin is unlike any other city in Texas. That’s why we opened not one, but three facilities in the capital. As arguably the queer-friendliest city in the state, Austin is a haven for the community. We want to be a haven for you too. Music doesn’t discriminate, and we don’t either. Our LGBTQ-friendly Austin treatment center is just waiting for you to come by and check us out downtown.


    There’s no city that does music like Music City USA. The only problem is, it might be hard to find an LGBTQ-friendly treatment center in the area. That’s why Recovery Unplugged doesn’t discriminate-- in fact, we’re proud to be an LGBTQ-friendly rehab center. It doesn’t matter who you love or how you identify, we only care that you love music. With a location in the lovely Brentwood neighborhood, Recovery Unplugged Nashville is ready to rock and roll in the South.


    Just half an hour away from the country’s capital lies our Northern Virginia center. It can be easy to get caught up in the politics of sexuality and let that drive you to using. At Recovery Unplugged, we don’t care about any of that-- we love you for who you are. Your sexuality or gender identity doesn’t impact our desire to give you the care you deserve. Whether you’re gay, bisexual, nonbinary, or anywhere on the spectrum struggling with alcohol abuse, meth, or any other drugs, our rehab is right for you.


    Lake Worth is known for art, history, polo, and soon for housing Recovery Unplugged’s state-of-the-art Lake Worth detox and rehab center. A proud supporter and ally of the LGBTQ community, we provide the highest quality addiction care for the queer community. Where others might hesitate, our support is stronger than ever. It doesn’t matter how you identify-- we only care that you love music and want to get better. Recovery Unplugged wants to help our gay, straight, nonbinary, and queer family beat addiction with the power of music. If you’re ready to quit alcohol, meth, crack, heroin, or any drug you struggle with, we’re here for you.


    In a state like Colorado, it can be a little harder to find the will to quit. That’s why we have an outreach center based in the heart of Denver. We want everyone, especially those in the LGBTQ community, to get the drug rehab they need. It can be hard to get the addiction treatment you need in the same place you began using. Whether you need outpatient addiction treatment or higher levels of care, we’re here for you and the whole community. In Denver and looking for more info on how we serve the queer community? Check out Recovery Unplugged’s Denver outreach center today.


    Sometimes it’s easy to forget that Texas is in the South. It can be hard for someone gay or trans to come out without fear for their mental and physical health. Even if they do, oftentimes they can be ashamed to the point that drugs are their only escape. Recovery Unplugged is here to help you with our Dallas outreach center. Music doesn’t discriminate, and neither do we. It doesn’t matter who you love or how you identify, we only care that you love music. We’re here for you if you want to get clean somewhere that cares about and supports you. If you’re in the area, call or visit for more info about our LGBTQ addiction treatment program.


    We get how hard it can be to live your life transparently somewhere like Texas. Maybe you’ve been struggling with dysphoria or questioning your sexuality. Maybe you’ve been out for a while but still haven’t found the acceptance and support you deserve. There are so many reasons why drug and alcohol abuse is so big in the queer community. That’s why Recovery Unplugged Houston is here to help you get back on your feet. If you love music and want to get clean, we’re in Houston to give you the support you’ve always needed.

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"I was living in this godforsaken town called Lubbock, Texas, in the northern panhandle of Texas. They didn’t even have a bank in town. I was there chasing a guy I was infatuated with, so I went to live with him and his girlfriend. As weeks went past, I started using more and more and eventually got into a huge fight with him over nothing because I was super barred out and super drunk and high on meth. I was just trying to pick a fight with him, and eventually I got kicked out because we had this whole confrontation. Because meth is pretty big in the gay community, I had started doing a lot of meth and poppers and all of that stuff. I would meet up with dudes on Grindr and smoke meth at their houses, which is actually how I smoked meth the first time. I wanted to see what it was all about and try it. But every time I met up with someone from Grindr it was a sketchy meeting scenario, like real sketchy. Some people offered me GHB a couple times and I always took it for the hell of it. During the time I was homeless, I was just hitting up different guys on Grindr trying to get meth, and they would smoke me out. They would always try to take advantage of me but I was never down. I smoked a whole bunch of meth with creepy strangers, creepy older dudes, and then I was like okay, I’m going back to Houston. We have to try and remember why we wanted to be sober. That’s what I do. Sometimes I’ll glamorize getting high, but then I remember when I was high, I wanted to get sober and I just had to break the cycle." Chace A. Clean date: June 17, 2017 Want to read Chace's full story? Check out the link in our story! https://www.recoveryunplugged.com/humans-in-recovery/chace-andrea/ . . . #HumansInRecovery #RecoveryUnplugged #CleanAndSober #MusicIsOurMedicine #MusicMakesTheDifference #Recovery #RecoveryStories #RecoveryIsPossible #LifeStories #Clean #Sober #MusicHeals #LongLiveRockNRollAndYou

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Even decades into the 21st century, there remain obstacles to full acceptance of the queer community. Much of this stems from systemic issues that affect many of us to this day. As a result, these factors have led to high rates of substance use disorder (SUD) among members of the community. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) National Survey on Drug Use and Mental Health shows that queer individuals:

  • Are at increased risk for various behavioral health issues

  • Have higher rates of substance misuse and substance use disorders than people who identify as cisgender and heterosexual

  • Are more than twice as likely as heterosexual adults to engage in past-year drug use

  • Misused prescription painkillers at higher rates than the straight population

People in the LGBTQ community also consistently drink more than straight, cisgender adults. The US Census Bureau found more LGBTQ+ adults between 18 and 64 reported past-year binge drinking than heterosexual adults. LGBTQ+ people in treatment for substance use disorder also start drinking earlier than their heterosexual counterparts. These numbers only convince us more of the need for queer and gay-friendly drug and alcohol rehabs.

The way that our society views homosexuality and queerness is an issue. The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) reports that LGBTQ+ youth are four times more likely and questioning youth are three times more likely to attempt suicide, experience suicidal thoughts, or engage in self-harm than straight people. In fact, between 38-65 percent of transgender individuals think about killing themselves. Because such a large percentage of the LGBTQ+ population experiences mental health issues, many people use substances to cope. The need for gay rehabs and LGBTQ addiction treatment programs has never been greater.


We realize that patients’ struggles don’t end once they leave treatment. This is true for those in and out of the LGBTQ community. That’s why we provide customized aftercare programs that help patients avoid relapse and manage stressful situations. More than anything, we want our clients to be using the coping skills they learned during treatment. We also make sure that our patients have access to addiction-trained mental health professionals and recovery meetings in their area. You don’t have to be ashamed of who you are and let it drive you to drug or alcohol addiction. Call Recovery Unplugged today at 1 (201) 638-4069 so you can start writing your own recovery song.

Last modified on November 5th, 2019 at 12:41 pm