We’re taught from a very young age that abstinence is the key to conquering addictions. We’re forced to sign a form in elementary school in which we promise to never drink alcohol. We watch television depicting people with extreme addictions who drink bottles of Listerine for breakfast.
Where there’s despair, there’s the Broward House.
The following is a Table of Contents of feature stories we ran in our May 21, 2014 issue on addiction, substance abuse, and support.
Michael Botticelli understands all too well the effects alcohol and addiction has had, and continues to have, on the LGBT community. The acting Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy is not only gay, but also a recovering addict.
One treatment center does not fit all. That’s the mantra at PRIDE Institute near Minneapolis. The facility opened its doors in 1986 as the nation’s first treatment center dedicated to providing services exclusively for the LGBT community. Since then, PRIDE has graduated more than 14,000 people hailing from every state in the country and even some from Canada.
They know the effects. They’ve seen the damage. And enough and is enough.