Drug and Alcohol Support
What is addiction?
Addiction is a treatable, chronic condition that involves complex interactions among an individual’s brain and genetics, as well as their social context and lived experiences. People with addiction repeatedly use substances or engage in behaviors that become compulsive and often continue despite harmful consequences.
Unfortunately, it is well known that LGBTQ+ people disproportionately experience discrimination, stigma, trauma, and social isolation from a young age. This can persist throughout life and especially during periods of development. This can have profound impacts on an LGBTQ+ person’s relationship with drugs, alcohol, and unhealthy behaviors. These experiences have been connected to health disparities in the LGBTQ+ community, including higher rates of substance abuse, eating disorders, and health outcomes related to riskier sexual practices. Therefore, it is critically important for LGBTQ+ people to have social support and community, as well as access to LGBTQ+ competent mental and behavioral health providers that can help LGBTQ+ people develop and maintain healthy behaviors and strategies for coping with stress and discrimination. LGBTQ+ people need care providers and communities that affirm their identities and lived experiences while normalizing, not othering, the existence of LGBTQ+ people.
Where to Go for Care
Montgomery County Resources
LGBT AA Meeting
562 Clubhouse, MONDAYS from 8:00pm - 9:00pm
562 West Lancaster Avenue, Haverford, PA
Bradbury Sullivan Center in Allentown
*Funding to do Tobacco Outreach and Prevention work in Montgomery County with the LGBT community
1348 Bainbridge Street, Philadelphia, PA 19147
Mazzoni Center is a licensed outpatient mental health and substance abuse treatment provider, offering quality professional, accessible and culturally-affirming psychotherapy and psychiatric services for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and questioning (LGBTQ) individuals, couples and families who are seeking to enjoy healthy and more fulfilling lives.
LGBT NA Meeting
Promise of Hope, SUNDAYS from 5:30pm - 6:30pm
6001 Colgate Street, Philadelphia, PA 19111
Mirmont Treatment Center(s) SUD Treatment
100 Yearsley Mill Road
Media, PA 19063
825 Springdale Road
Exton, PA 19341
600 Abbott Drive
Broomall, PA 19008
LGBTQIA+ Pride Video Series
Montgomery County Office of Drug & Alcohol sponsored a Pride Month series during the month of June through a partnership with Prevention Education Solutions in order to raise awareness about substance use and mental health within the LGBTQ population. Recordings of the sessions are available here.