Addiction and recovery services
Many studies have shown that LGBTQ populations are affected by substance abuse at higher rates than others. Among the contributing factors are higher rates of stress caused by experiences of discrimination, rejection, trauma and/or social stigma relating to their one’s sexual orientation and/or gender identity.
Having a place where you can share these struggles with a qualified therapist, and/or with others who understand this experience can be a significant help.
What we offer
At Mazzoni Center we offer individual, one-on-one counseling for people who are struggling with substance use and addiction, as well as weekly support groups that are open to any LGBTQ person at any stage of the recovery process -- even if they are simply exploring the idea of recovery, and whether it’s right for them.
We also have Certified Recovery Specialists who are peers in the recovery process who offer support and model hope through a unique perspective of lived experience.
The image that usually comes to mind when you hear the words “support group/meeting” or “recovery” is the “12 Step” model. And while many people find this program very helpful, at Mazzoni we recognize there are many different pathways to recovery. We respect each individual’s hopes and desires for a new life and work collaboratively with them to reach those goals.
Many who attend our groups find that staying totally free from all substances works best for them, but we don’t believe there is simply “one” way to reach and maintain recovery.
Our goal is to provide a safe space for LGBTQ people to explore, to ask questions, to consider the impact of their behavior, and (with the help of the group) to establish goals and practical strategies aimed at changing negative patterns and enhancing their overall health and well-being.
To learn more or to get started, please call Recovery Counseling Specialist Kirk Parsons at 215-563-0652 x243. Kirk will be able to provide information, help guide you in your search for recovery treatment and schedule a time to begin the process of entering out intensive outpatient program (IOP). In the meantime, you can attend our recovery support groups (SMART Recovery program format), and you do not need to be in treatment with us to do so.
LGBTQ SMART Recovery Meeting
Our SMART Recovery meeting for LGBTQ folks looking for recovery from their addiction(s) is an abstinence-based, sensible self-help program for people experiencing addictive behavior with any substance or activity.
It includes many ideas and techniques to help you change your life from one that is self-destructive and unhappy to one that is constructive and satisfying.
SMART Recovery is not a spin-off of Alcoholics Anonymous. No one will label you an “alcoholic”, an “addict” or “diseased” nor “powerless”, and if you do not believe in a religion or spirituality, that’s fine, too. Interested in more information (and great resources)? Check out smartrecovery.org!
SMART Recovery emphasizes:
- Enhancing motivation
- Effective coping to manage urges to use
- Managing life’s problems in a sensible and effective way without substances
- Developing a positive, balanced, and healthy lifestyle.
Mazzoni Center’s SMART group is presently online Wednesdays at 5:30 for 1 hour and Thursdays at 1pm, also 1 hour. Log on to join our support group.