Traditional Sober Support Groups
There are a variety of sober support groups offered within the community: AA, NA, CMA, Health Realization, Women for Sobriety; groups specifically for LGBTQ, Young People, Adults, Women, Men, and more… Some are open groups, while others are closed groups.
Some of my clients have reported that they don’t feel comfortable attending the Traditional Sober Support Meetings within the community because they don’t feel like there is a sense of security in the meetings, they have said that people come and go from the meetings and they never know who will or won’t be there from week to week, so it’s hard for them to build trust. They worry that people will not accept them and that they will be judged if they talk about any of their LGBTQ issues or concerns. Many report that they just don’t talk about any of the issues or concerns that they really need to address and consequently, they end up using again.
How This Group Is Different
This group offers a Safe and Secure place for individuals of the LGBTQ community to come together to discuss their struggles and concerns with substance use and sobriety, how it affects their relationships both inside and outside of the LGBTQ community, and also offers a safe place to talk about sexual health concerns and/or any other sexuality, identity, or gender issues they may have. The safety of the group allows members the freedom to come as who they really are and to openly discuss all of their recovery issues in a group that offers inclusion rather than exclusion. Participants are able to meet new individuals from their own community and form a new Common Bond in Recovery. The group offers Acceptance, Understanding, Connection, Empowerment, Support, and Confidentiality among its members; while Judgement Is Left At The Door.
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What the Group Fee Covers (Besides coffee and treats)
A Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor will be present to lightly guide the group as needed, while encouraging as much group autonomy as possible. If the need arises, the Counselor may assist the group to collaboratively negotiate through difficult discussions. The Counselor can also answer questions for the group and/or provide Educational Information on Topics of Interest as well.
The Counselor will be available before and after each group, as well as during breaks to answer questions or to talk to participants individually; should any concerns come up during a group session.
*Group members also have the opportunity to meet with the Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor for Individual Counseling Sessions, outside of group times; if additional support is needed. *(Individual Sessions are Not included in the group fee).
What You Gain When You Finish This Group
The goal is for you to have 5-7 new sober supports from the LGBTQ community; encouraging you to continue your accountability to your own sobriety while expanding your Sober Network.
You should be able to walk away with new coping skills, different perspectives, and additional ideas about how to handle various issues/concerns/situations in your life.