Bisexual Drug and Alcohol Addiction Treatment
Individuals who live alternative lifestyles are fighting a “two front war” when they suffer from addiction. On one front lies the battle against the specter of drug and alcohol addiction – on the other is coping with ignorance about their lifestyle. For individuals of the bisexual community, facing up to and conquering addiction can be a challenge.
Why do Bisexual Men and Women develop Addictions?
Oftentimes, a bisexual individual will be faced with ignorance and intolerance over their lifestyle. As a result, many will slip into depression or suffer from other mental health issues. If these men and women do not seek professional help for these conditions, they are likely to self-medicate using drugs and alcohol. Unchecked, the combination of mental illness and substance abuse can lead to serious addiction issues.
In addition, there is sometimes a “party scene” attached to the bisexual lifestyle. In these settings there is an acceptance of heavy drug or alcohol use. That makes it very difficult for the individual to break the cycle of addiction (as they fear being ostracized by their peer group).
What Happens during Bisexual Drug or Alcohol Rehab?
When a bisexual individual enters into an addiction treatment program, their experience is not unlike that of many “straight” people who go through the same process. Primarily, the individual will take part in detox (to address the physical addiction to drugs and alcohol), psychological drug treatment and counseling and therapy (for the psychological component) and aftercare (helping the individual stay sober in the months and years following the completion of rehab).
What makes Bisexual Addiction Treatment Unique?
In addition to the standard processes listed above, there are some unique elements of bisexual addiction treatment that speak to the needs of these men and women. For example, if an individual is coping with depression over their family’s lack of acceptance of their lifestyle, these issues will be discussed during individual and group counseling. Also, if the bisexual man or woman feels “trapped” in a non-stop party lifestyle, counselors will work with that individual to help them find healthy alternatives to nightlife activities (that still allow them to maintain a presence among their peers).
Although there are not many programs dealing exclusively with addicted bisexual men and women – more and more programs are helping the GLBT community by providing specialized counseling and treatment within the main program plan.