As we all continue to limit social interactions with those outside of our immediate household, LGBTQ+ youth in recovery face unique stressors that may pose a barrier to recovery. For some LGBTQ+ youth, friends, community centers, and even school can be a safe haven to express themselves freely. When home does not feel like an affirming environment, LGBTQ+ youth may not feel as if they have an outlet to be their true selves and may use ineffective coping skills to deal with this stress.
However, no matter where you are in your recovery journey, it is never too late to get back on the path towards full recovery. If you are reading this blog, you’re already making a positive step toward your goal! There are a number of action steps described below that may help you get closer to your goals while we continue to follow guidelines that are helping to keep us all safe and healthy.
To all LGBTQ+ folks in recovery, remember you are valid, you are not alone, and you are needed in this world. Recovery is possible and you can do it!
To find a list of LGBTQ+ youth resources: https://www.cdc.gov/lgbthealth/youth-resources.htm
Noah Granade (they/them pronouns) is a graduate student of social work who has professional experience in the eating disorder recovery community. Noah recognizes the unique struggles for individuals in the LGBTQ+ community who are also in eating disorder recovery. Noah recognizes the importance of culturally affirming treatment for all peoples and is an avid believer in complete recovery from eating disorders.