Studying How Addiction Recovery Residences Can Improve Health Outcomes in High-Risk Men
Men who have sex with men (MSM) are at increased risk for substance abuse, HIV/AIDS, and other adverse health conditions. Addiction recovery residences are an effective intervention, but the unique experiences of MSM in these settings was previously under-researched.
To address this gap in the literature, ARG’s two-year research study in Austin, Texas, examined the components of a recovery residence serving MSM in order to understand how differed from general recovery residencies. The study also identified the barriers or opportunities to opening and operating recovery residences for MSM and other members of the LGBT community.
This 2015 study found that MSM-specific recovery housing is not only important—but the care provided can lead to better long-term health outcomes. The findings also highlighted the importance of creating organizational infrastructure and support for LGBT-specific recovery residences, and members of the LGBT community who live there.