Goldstein, Irene Saunders
“[D]espite some recent advances in understanding and acceptance, LGBT [lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender] individuals remain subject to the traumas of negative stereotyping, rejection, marginalization, and discrimination—all of which impede help-seeking behaviors. To compound the problem, LGBT individuals with mental health problems, addictions, or both, may experience additional forms of prejudice and discrimination related to each of those conditions … SAMHSA [Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration] convened the dialogue to develop and/or enhance partnerships among people in recovery, to identify specific factors at the individual and systems levels that can promote or hinder recovery for LGBT individuals, and to help participants gain a better understanding of a variety of perspectives and experiences in advancing recovery for LGBT individuals. In addition, by convening a range of stakeholders to address collaboratively the critical need for improving services, supports, and systems designed to address the mental health and addiction recovery needs of LGBT individuals, SAMHSA anticipated that the suggestions and recommendations summarized in this monograph would serve as a starting point for individuals and organizations interested in taking concrete action to improve recovery opportunities for LGBT individuals. This booklet is comprised of four sections: overview; dialogue themes and findings—eight major themes, personal-level factors that promote or impede recovery, and system and contextual factors that promote or impede recovery; recommendations for action—major and strategic; and milestones in the LGBT mental health consumer movement.