Program Spotlight: The LGBTQ+ Recovery Group


What? The LGBTQ+ Recovery Group is a therapy group that emphasizes hope and recovery from alcohol or drug abuse within the LGBTQ+ community.

Why an LGBTQ-specific group? The LGBTQ+ community experiences substance abuse at much higher rates than the general population. Though acceptance has grown for the LGBTQ community in recent years, homophobia and transphobia have continued, leading often to violence, discrimination, and barriers to care for the community.

Who? This group is for any 18+ member of the LGBTQ+ community who wants a safe space to share and get support through recovery. Topics covered include coming out and self-acceptance; establishing family of choice; coping with social stigma, heterosexism, and cissexism; and emotional and physical safety. 

When? The LGBTQ+ Recovery Group meets from 6pm - 8pm on every Monday at Columbus Public Health. Group members receive monthly individual counseling services in addition to weekly group therapy sessions.

For more information about the group, or to enroll/refer, please contact the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Program at 614-645-6839 or call 614-645-0451 to speak with group coordinators Anna Mendlein, LSW, SWT, and Terrahl Taylor, MSW, LICDC. 

Visit the program's webpage here.