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How Does Your Gender Identity Factor Into Addiction Treatment?

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There are many resources available for addiction treatment—what some people may not know is that there are different inpatient programs available depending on your needs.

In Nova Scotia, for example, Ledgehill has two gender-specific facilities, with gender-specific addiction and recovery treatment options.

When an individual is referred to, or calls Ledgehill, they can choose a facility and treatment option based on the gender they identify with. 

Additionally, options are made available to individuals who may require a private room. For example, an individual who is binding or undergoing hormone therapy may want the privacy of their own accommodation. 

EHN Canada staff receive Rainbow Training, a standardized cultural competency training that clinicians go through to understand the nuances of working with members of the LGBTQ+ community. 

The training also teaches staff about minority stress: it is estimated that 20 to 30% of the LGBTQ+ community experience a substance use disorder, while the rate in the general population is 9%.

Regardless of How You Identify, There is a Treatment Program Available 

Individuals can go to Ledgehill to receive addiction treatment in any program they would like—through Ledgehill for Men, or Ledgehill for Women. 

EHN staff are trained to cultivate safe spaces for the LGBTQ+ community and have an understanding of minority stress and the types of experiences this community has gone through. 

They emphasize that if an individual feels that the addiction issues they are struggling with are specific to their LGBTQ+ status, the ALLIANCE Program at Edgewood is available as well. 

We Can Help You

Ledgehill’s two facilities in Annapolis County, Nova Scotia, provide gender-specific treatment for men and women who need to heal in a peaceful, supportive environment free from fear or distraction. If you’d like to learn more about the addiction and mental health treatment programs provided by Ledgehill, enrol yourself in one of our programs, or refer someone else, please call us at 800-676-3393.

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