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Substance use disorder & harm reduction RESOURCES
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Substance use is a serious issue in the LGBTQ community. Too many people in our community are disproportionately affected by substance use disorder.

The San Diego LGBT Community Center has built strong collaborative partnerships with top community LGBTQ+ affirming providers and organizations, including Family Health Centers of San Diego, Live & Let Live Alano Club, UCSD Owen Clinic, San Diego Harm Reduction Coalition, and Stepping Stone of San Diego, providing our clients with a seamless link to immediate substance use disorder treatment and prevention support services.

If you are seeking help, know that you are not alone. Explore this page to connect with LGBTQ-affirming programs and resources for recovery and support.

If you are in distress or crisis please reach out to San Diego County Access & Crisis Line at 888.724.7240.

Resources to recovery

Offers support for people seeking recovery or support from alcoholism.

  • Address: 3628 University Ave, San Diego, CA 92105
  • Phone: 619-265-8762 (24-hour line)
  • Website: aasandiego.org

Offers support for people seeking recovery from crystal meth addiction.

  • Address: Various San Diego Locations
  • Phone: 855-638-4373 (24-hour line)
  • Website: sandiegocma.org

Provides counseling and support to reduce the negative impact of drug and alcohol use including structured outpatient treatment programs.

Provides counseling and support to reduce the negative impact of drug and alcohol use including structured outpatient treatment programs. 

Provides counseling and support to reduce the negative impact of drug and alcohol use including structured outpatient treatment programs.

Provides counseling and support to reduce the negative impact of drug and alcohol use including structured outpatient treatment programs.

  • Address: 7150 Broadway, Lemon Grove, CA 91945 (Project Prodigy) 
  • Phone: 619-806-6108     
  • Website: fhcsd.org/prodigy-project            

Provides an LGBTQ+ affirming environment for 12-step and other recovery related meetings as well as resources for continued support

  • Address: 3847 Park Blvd, San Diego, CA 92103
  • Phone: 619-298-8008  
  • Website:  lllac.org

Offers support for people seeking recovery from drugs including opioids.

  • Address: 3914 Murphy Canyon Rd Suite A240, San Diego, CA 92123
  • Phone: 619-584-1007
  • Website: sandiegona.org

Offers needs-based mobile syringe exchange, fentanyl test strips, Naloxone (Narcan) and safer sex kits.

Provides self-empowering recovery tools using a non 12-step approach.

An LGBTQ+ positive residential treatment program using evidenced-based, individualized strategies to help people recover from drug and alcohol addiction.

  • Address: 3767 Central Ave, San Diego, CA 92105
  • Phone: 619-278-0777 
  • Website: steppingstonesd.org

Like Stepping Stone, Stepping Out offers the same level of support in an outpatient setting which is flexible and allows people to live in their own home.

Address: 3928 Illinois St, San Diego, CA 92104
Phone: 619-763-1140
Website: steppingstonesd.org/programs/stepping-out/

  • Address: 4168 Front St, San Diego, CA 92103
  • Phone: 619-543-3995          
  • Website: healthlocations.ucsd.edu                             

Provides supplies, strategies, and health resources to help reduce the harms associated with substance use.

  • Address: 3928 Illinois St, San Diego, CA, 92104
  • Website: stepinsd.com
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additional services at the center

BEHAVIORAL HEALTH SERVICES: DISCUSSION AND SUPPORT GROUPS

The Center offers a number of weekly ‘Living with HIV’ groups facilitated by mental health professionals from The Center’s Behavioral Health Services, as well as peer-to-peer led groups.

bE THE GENERATION: HIV PREVENTION

The Center offers connection to HIV prevention services, resources, and information including: PrEP (Pre-exposure prophylaxis): Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) is an HIV prevention tool where HIV-negative individuals take anti-HIV medications before coming into contact with HIV to reduce their risk of becoming infected. The once daily pill has been shown to be up to 99% effective in preventing HIV transmission through sex. PEP (post-exposure prophylaxis): If you think you’ve been exposed, visit an emergency room or urgent care center and ask for PEP within 3 days! PEP prevent HIV from making copies of itself and turning into infection if taken within 72 hours. TasP (Treatment as Prevention): We can now say with confidence that if you are living with HIV and taking your medication as prescribed, and have had an undetectable viral load for over six months, you cannot pass on HIV with or without a condom. The risk is effectively zero. Other resources: Undetectable = Untransmittable; Looking for PrEP providers; Picking a Covered California Plan with HIV coverage; How To talk to your doctor about PrEP.

There are many prevention tools in the toolbox of sexual health. Which one is best for you? We can help you decide. Email bethegeneration@thecentersd.org for more information or to schedule an appointment with one of our Community Health Educators

hmpxv (monkeypox) resources

We know that many in our community are asking about hMPXV (monkeypox). As a trusted community messenger, The Center is here to help connect you to resources and information about hMPXV. Click here for some helpful FAQs that we have compiled from local, state, and federal health agencies, as well as information on the County’s next vaccination event this week. We will update our website as well as The Center’s Facebook and Instagram to share the latest updates.

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