LGBTQ Intensive Outpatient Program

Struggling with mental health or addiction as an LGBTQ+ individual? Mile High Recovery Center’s LGBTQ IOP offers personalized care and understanding.

Our LGBTQ IOP Treatment

Mile High Recovery Center (MHRC) stands out for its comprehensive approach to addiction treatment. We emphasize mental healing as well as physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being.

But, what truly sets us apart is our unwavering commitment to LGBTQIA+ inclusivity. Find inclusive, effective, and compassionate addiction treatment in Denver, Colorado, with Mile High Recovery.


About Mile High Recovery Center

MHRC offers a spectrum of programs. These range from residential treatment for those needing intensive support to outpatient options for people transitioning back into daily life.
We cater to adults struggling with:

Personalized Care

MHRC recognizes that addiction manifests differently for everyone. That’s why we create personalized treatment plans based on each client’s unique needs and experiences.
Our program includes:

Mile High Recovery Center boasts a passionate team of professionals. Our therapists specialize in diverse areas to ensure each person receives care that resonates with their needs. The team at MHRC is committed to supporting each person’s recovery journey.

Importance of LGBTQ+ Inclusivity in Addiction Treatment

LGBTQ+ individuals often face stigma and discrimination within society. This creates additional barriers to seeking help for addiction. Inclusive treatment centers ensure a safe and accepting environment, helping people feel comfortable and supported.
LGBTQ+ individuals may have unique experiences and challenges related to addiction. Culturally competent therapists can offer relevant interventions and address specific concerns related to:
  • Sexual orientation
  • Gender identity
  • Discrimination
Studies show that LGBTQ+ individuals in inclusive treatment programs report higher rates of treatment completion, satisfaction, and long-term sobriety.1

Understanding LGBTQ+ Inclusive IOP for Addiction Treatment

Intensive outpatient programs (IOP) offer structured addiction treatment while allowing people to maintain some responsibilities, such as work or school.
They often involve:
An LGBTQ IOP provides intensive support within a flexible schedule. These programs can run from 3 to 5 hours a day for up to 5 days a week.

Inclusivity in an IOP

LGBTQ+ inclusivity in an IOP ensures a safe and affirming environment. This environment allows people to openly discuss their challenges and identities without fear of judgment.
An LGBTQ IOP focuses on acceptance and understanding. This makes a significant difference in treatment outcomes for LGBTQ+ individuals struggling with addiction.

Importance of an Inclusive LGBTQ IOP

An inclusive LGBTQ IOP is important for many reasons, including:
  • Reduced stigma: LGBTQ+ individuals face higher rates of discrimination and stigma. This creates barriers to seeking help. An inclusive IOP combats this by offering a supportive and accepting space.2
  • Tailored interventions: Those who identify as part of the LGBTQ+ community may have unique experiences with addiction. These experiences may be related to discrimination, family rejection, and navigating a heteronormative society. Culturally competent therapists can address these specific concerns and offer relevant interventions.

The Need for Inclusivity in Treatment Programs

Besides the higher rates of stigma associated with the LGBTQ+ community, there are many reasons why an LGBTQ IOP is important. One of the main reasons is that those in the LGBTQIA+ community are more than twice as likely to struggle with SUD than the general population.3
Despite the higher rates of addiction issues in the LGBTQ+ population, only about 12.6% of mental health and 17.6% of SUD facilities reported LGBT‐specific programs.4

Those in the LGBTQIA+ community also experience higher rates of depression, anxiety, and suicidality. These are factors that can worsen addiction. That’s why an LGBTQ IOP, like that offered at Mile High Recovery Center, is extremely important.5

How to Find an LGBTQ-Inclusive IOP

Here are some tips on finding an inclusive LGBTQ IOP:
  • Look for programs with clear statements of inclusivity on their websites or outreach materials.
  • Ask about staff training and experience working with LGBTQ+ clients.
  • Ask about the program’s policies on confidentiality and non-discrimination.
  • Seek recommendations from LGBTQ+ organizations or healthcare professionals familiar with the unique LGBTQ+ challenges and experiences.
An LGBTQ IOP can provide a crucial lifeline for LGBTQ+ individuals struggling with addiction. Recognizing their specific challenges and seeking out treatment in a safe and affirming environment is essential for successful recovery.

Mile High Recovery Center’s Commitment to LGBTQ+ Inclusivity

Mile High Recovery Center is committed to providing compassionate and supportive care for everyone who walks through our doors. We serve people regardless of gender, race, religion, or sexual orientation.
We’re committed to creating a safe and affirming space for LGBTQ+ individuals. This dedication gives those seeking recovery a distinct advantage. It’s especially helpful for individuals who have faced unique challenges due to their sexual orientation or gender identity.

Mile High's LGBTQ IOP Program

Our program understands the unique needs and experiences of the LGBTQIA+ community. It incorporates this understanding into individual treatment plans.
This might involve:
  • Addressing specific traumas related to discrimination
  • Exploring the intersection of identity and addiction
  • Providing support for navigating challenges within the LGBTQ+ community
Our LGBTQ IOP offers dedicated groups specifically for LGBTQ+ clients. These groups create a space for shared experiences, understanding, and mutual support. This fosters a sense of belonging and reduces feelings of isolation.

Our Culturally Competent Team

We pride ourselves on our culturally competent team. The professional staff at MHRC undergo ongoing training in LGBTQ+ affirmative therapy. This ensures all staff understand the nuances of these identities and can provide sensitive and relevant care.
This team includes:
  • Addiction counselors
  • Therapists
  • Case managers
  • Psychiatrists
  • Nurses and nurse practitioners
  • Nutritionists
  • Behavioral technicians
MHRC maintains a strict zero-tolerance policy for discrimination or harassment based on sexual orientation or gender identity. We also collaborate with local LGBTQ+ organizations and healthcare providers. This strengthens our commitment to effectively serving the community.

The Impact of Inclusivity in an LGBTQ IOP

By prioritizing LGBTQ+ inclusivity, MHRC creates a space where people can:
  1. Feel empowered: Openly discussing their identities and experiences without fear of judgment fosters self-acceptance and empowerment.
  2. Develop trust: Trusting treatment providers is essential for positive outcomes. Inclusivity builds trust, encouraging people to engage fully in their recovery journey.
  3. Achieve lasting change: By addressing specific challenges and providing culturally competent care, MHRC increases the chances of long-term success for LGBTQ+ clients in recovery.
If you or someone you know is seeking a supportive and affirming environment for addiction recovery, consider Mile High Recovery Center. Our commitment to LGBTQ+ inclusivity creates a space where everyone feels truly welcome and understood.

Core Components of an Inclusive LGBTQ IOP

Addressing the concerns of LGBTQ+ clients requires an approach that’s personalized to each person’s needs. Not only is it important to create an environment that’s safe and nonjudgmental, but there are some key components to make an LGBTQ IOP effective.
Here are some of the core components of an LGBTQ IOP:

Individualized Therapy

An LGBTQ IOP program focuses on individualized therapy. Therapists are specifically trained in LGBTQ+ affirmative therapy, ensuring that they possess the understanding and sensitivity to navigate the unique challenges and experiences of the LGBTQ+ population.
These sessions become a safe space to explore:
  • The intersection of identity and addiction
  • Address past traumas related to discrimination
  • Work towards self-acceptance
Therapists collaborate with clients to develop a treatment plan considering their needs and goals. They incorporate interventions specific to each person’s journey.

Dedicated LGBTQ+ Group Therapy

In addition to individual sessions, an LGBTQ IOP should have group therapy sessions dedicated to LGBTQ+ clients. These groups foster a sense of belonging and shared understanding. They allow people to connect with others who share similar experiences.
In group sessions, people can openly discuss topics relevant to the LGBTQ+ community, such as:
  • Navigating relationships
  • Overcoming internalized stigma
  • Coping with discrimination 
Sharing experiences within this supportive group offers guidance and encouragement. It also empowers people to draw strength from one another on their recovery journeys.

Comprehensive Education

An effective LGBTQ IOP incorporates a wealth of educational materials and discussions designed to empower individuals with knowledge.
Clients will better understand:
  • LGBTQ+ history
  • Terminology
  • Legal rights
  • Mental health and addiction 
This helps to promote self-advocacy and a stronger sense of identity. It also equips each person with coping mechanisms and self-care strategies.

Additional Resources

Alongside addiction education covering relapse prevention and building healthy lifestyle habits, an LGBTQ IOP provides access to:
  • Relevant community resources
  • Support groups
  • Healthcare providers specializing in LGBTQ+ issues

Supportive Activities and Events

Recovery extends beyond therapy sessions. An LGBTQ IOP like MHRC recognizes the importance of building a supportive community outside the clinical setting.
Social events specifically for LGBTQ+ clients create opportunities for:
  • Connection
  • Relaxation
  • Building positive relationships

Benefits of These Activities and Events

Taking part in community service projects fosters a sense of purpose, belonging, and social responsibility. It also helps people feel connected to their communities. Additionally, celebrating LGBTQ+ cultural events and milestones reaffirms individual identities.
Through these core components, MHRC’s LGBTQ IOP goes beyond treating addiction. It fosters a holistic and inclusive environment where LGBTQ+ individuals can:
  • Receive personalized care
  • Find understanding and acceptance
  • Build a supportive community

Addressing LGBTQ+ Specific Needs in Addiction Treatment

Effective addiction treatment for LGBTQ+ individuals requires recognizing and addressing the unique challenges they face. Moving beyond generic programs necessitates incorporating specialized elements that foster understanding, support, and a safe space for healing.
Here are some key areas of focus:

Trauma-Informed Care

Those in the LGBTQIA+ community are more likely to experience trauma, including discrimination, bullying, and violence. This can contribute to substance use as a coping mechanism.6
Trauma-informed therapists understand the impact of these experiences. They use techniques that avoid retraumatization, promoting trust and safety in the therapeutic process.

Gender-Affirming and Culturally Competent Treatment

LGBTQ IOP treatment should affirm and respect a person’s chosen gender identity and expression. Therapists trained in cultural competency understand the nuances of LGBTQ+ experiences and avoid harmful stereotypes or assumptions.
This creates a comfortable environment where people can openly discuss their identities without fear of judgment.

Addressing Internalized Homophobia, Transphobia, and Stigma

Many of those in the LGBTQIA+ community struggle with internalized biases and the negative impacts of societal stigma. An effective LGBTQ IOP should explicitly address these issues. It should help people challenge self-doubt and shame related to their identities.
This empowers them to develop self-acceptance and build personal resilience.

Exploring Intersections

Substance use for LGBTQ+ individuals can be influenced by various factors, including:
  • The stress of navigating discrimination
  • Challenges within families or relationships
  • Limited access to affirming healthcare 
Exploring these intersections helps create treatment plans that address specific needs and challenges related to both identity and addiction.
Investing in specialized LGBTQ IOP treatment that addresses these distinct needs empowers LGBTQ+ individuals to overcome addiction and thrive in recovery. Creating a safe and affirming space, acknowledging unique challenges, and providing culturally competent care can pave the way for lasting healing and positive change.

Finding Your Path to Recovery: MHRC’s Leadership in LGBTQ IOP Care

Mile High Recovery Center stands as a beacon of hope for LGBTQ+ clients seeking addiction treatment.
Our LGBTQ IOP is built upon the core principles of personalized care, understanding, and community. This sets us apart with our commitment to inclusivity and cultural competency.

Our Approach

We understand that the recovery journey is deeply personal. We provide effective, evidence-based, holistic approaches to meet each person’s needs.
Our approaches include:
Through these approaches, dedicated LGBTQ+ group therapy, trauma-informed care, and gender-affirming treatment, we address the unique needs of this community. Creating a safe space for healing and lasting change.

Contact Mile High Recovery Center Today

If you’re an LGBTQ+ individual struggling with addiction, know that you’re not alone. There are programs designed to understand and support your specific journey. Don’t hesitate to seek help in an environment that affirms your identity and celebrates your strength.
Reach out to Mile High Recovery Center today at 303-268-2144 or contact us online.
Additionally, here are resources for further assistance:

Take the first step toward a brighter future. Your journey to recovery starts with finding the right support. Reach out today and discover the difference an LGBTQ+ inclusive program can make.

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