Transpire Help: LGBTQ+ in Recovery

By Transpire Help

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A little bit of context

Drug and alcohol addiction has reached epidemic proportions. Without access to treatment and other kinds of mental health services, it is very hard for individuals to start out on a path to recovery. Studies show that those who are LGBTQ+ are 2-3 times more likely to develop a substance use dependency and often have fewer opportunities for support and solutions.

This is a BIG problem

LGBTQ+ individuals can face numerous obstacles from a young age due to their gender identity and/or sexual orientation, including family rejection and bullying by their peers. These intense experiences can lead to poor grades in school and a lack of the kind of structure that puts an individual on the path to success in life. LGBTQ+ individuals have higher rates of depression, homelessness, and suicide. Substance use often begins as a coping mechanism. When mental health, dysfunction at home or trauma are added to the equation, substance use can easily lead to addiction and the unmanageability that comes with it.   

Due to these obstacles, many LGBTQ+ individuals are less likely to have adequate health insurance or sustained employment and financial independence that makes addiction treatment and other mental health services accessible.  

Plus, treatment is only one part of the equation. Once an individual is committed to a clean and sober life there are other important factors to consider in what sustains long-term recovery. For example safe, sober, LGBTQ-friendly housing. For transgender folks, support with aspects of transitioning from Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) and name processing fees are incredibly important aspects of living a happy and healthy life.  

Another important element to keep in mind: recovery is a fellowship and if a person doesn't feel welcome by their peers a relapse into familiar social circles and toxic lifestyles can be hard to resist.   

Here’s what we’re doing about it

Transpire Help has been created out of necessity. We are dedicated to increasing opportunities for individuals to have a chance at a life in long-term recovery from drug and alcohol addiction. We are not only raising funds, we are raising awareness and redefining recovery from an LGBTQ+ perspective. 

Many LGBTQ+ people who have been to addiction treatment report that they have experienced uncomfortable environments that are not educated in LGBTQ+ culture or the best practices for the LGBTQ+ population. Transpire Help is committed to the outreach and LGBTQ+ education necessary to have a significant impact on addiction treatment and mental health providers. 

We are excited to offer applicants the opportunity to receive financial support for a number of resources and services that are foundational to living a happy and fulfilling life the clean and sober way. However, our main goal is to establish sober housing for the LGBTQ+ community following treatment. In addition to effective, compassionate treatment for the LGBTQ+ community, we have found that housing is the biggest need and this is where we are focusing our attention. 

You Can Join Us

We first launched this campaign during Recovery Month 2017. Our goal has been to raise $20,000 to lay a strong foundation for Transpire Help. Our hope is to exceed this number- you can help us with any amount, big or small! We founded Transpire Help in 2016 as a volunteer-run, non-profit organization.  

Where your donation will go: 5% percent of the money raised will cover outreach and education materials. 25% percent will be available for financial aid towards expenses such as hormone replacement therapy (HRT), other medications, name changing processing fees, mental health services and more. 75% of all money raised will go towards sober housing. 

Thank You, family & friends!

Thank you for your generous support! Please share our campaign!
We will be sending all donors beautiful thank you cards with original art from LGBTQ+ individuals in recovery. 

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Team Members

Transpire Help

Carrie Convers

Donna Weinberger

Dr. Brandi Baumkirchner Psy.D.

Jaki Neering

Joyce Matera

Maite Soria