Several Common Bonds: Addressing the Needs of Gay and Bisexual Men in LGBT-Specific Recovery Housing

Amy A. Mericle, Adam W. Carrico, Jordana Hemberg, Rebecca de Guzman, Ronald Stall

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Recovery housing is a promising way to augment the substance use continuum of care, but we know little about the experiences of members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) community who live in them or about residences specifically for them. Within the LGBTQ community, gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men (MSM) often experience co-occurring syndemic conditions (e.g., trauma, depression, HIV) that present unique recovery challenges. Using qualitative data gathered from residents living in a recovery residence specifically for gay and bisexual men and from community key informants, we examine the experiences of men living in the home and factors that facilitate operating it. Findings highlight the need for residences that can address syndemic burden among gay and bisexual men in recovery and identify programmatic and community-level factors critical to operating residences for this population.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)793-815
Number of pages23
JournalJournal of Homosexuality
Issue number6
StatePublished - May 11 2020


  • Sexual minority stress
  • gay and bisexual men
  • recovery
  • recovery residences
  • substance abuse
  • syndemic

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gender Studies
  • Social Psychology
  • Education
  • Psychology(all)


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