No YMCA either –
April 13, 2020 – “Community is vitally important for LGBTQ+ people,” Sorensen said. “And when you’re LGBTQ+ and in recovery, it’s even more important. I can tell you from personal experience that one of the most dangerous things a person working toward sobriety can do is to be isolated. Now we’ve all been told to do just that.”
Social isolation — even when done for the good of the larger community — can be particularly difficult for LGBTQ+ people in recovery. Todd Connaughty, director of clinical services for Pride Institute, an Eden Prairie-based residential and outpatient recovery program serving members of the queer community, explained that for many of his clients, connections to friends and members of sobriety organizations is more important to their psychological health and well-being than connections to their biological families.