Pride Institute is a substance use disorder and addiction treatment program that was first opened in 1986 as a direct response to the HIV/AIDS pandemic. Pride exclusively serves members of the LGBTQ+ community who are 18 years of age or older in both residential and outpatient settings. This podcast is dedicated to the voices of our alumni who have successfully maintained their sobriety post-treatment.
Co-hosts, Kaylee Hoaby and Luke Miller, interview different guests each week on topics specific to the LGBTQ+ recovery community. Theme music and editing are done by Evan Sox.
Growth happens in the icky stuff
This week's guest, Allyn's energy is infectious as she chats about how to keep a positive attitude while being uncomfortable in early recovery. She takes a deep dive into some existential questions such as: How do we measure success? How do we work through our personal struggles in sobriety? How do we stay honest with ourselves and others? Allyn has been sober since 1/4/2022.
My first adult decision I made was not to leave treatment
This week's guest Joey heard about Pride Institute through a support meeting at the age of 16. He first started using at 10 years old. One thing that is immediately apparent when hearing Joey's story is the optimism he's gained from his sobriety. Joey has been sober since June 2, 2021.
Birthday party turned intervention
This week's guest, Jacob, had gone to AA meetings for years prior to attending treatment for the first time. He came to Pride after his family did an intervention with him on what he thought was his uncle's funeral. Jacob got sober on January 18, 2022.
Addiction cannot be familiarized without trauma being healed
Terry has been to Pride four times. The first time was after he graduated from college in the 90s when meth was still kind of new to the queer community. As the years went by he saw the drug begin to consume the community, his friends, and even himself. Terry speaks about career loss, financial devastation, homelessness, and how he was able to survive through sobriety. Terry has been sober since August 8th, 2021.
I know three things for sure: I’m a person living with HIV, I’m Bi-Polar, and I’m an Addict
This week’s guest, Pinki, came to Pride from Seattle, Washington. A Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LADC) by background, Pinki was working as a Case Manager when he had a six month relapse during the pandemic. Pinki also struggles with Bi-polar disorder and talks at length about the co-occurring disorders and poly-use as a means of self medication. Pink has been sober since May 24, 2021.
I got more flack for being overweight than I ever did for being gay
This week's guest, Miles, felt out of place when he first came to Pride Institute back in 2013. He was addicted to Adderall, a substance he used to treat his body dysmorphia, when most of the other clients used meth. He remembers others in the community telling him, "If you like Adderall, you better stay away from Meth," and while he never intended on using meth, it wasn't until a few years after his first stint in treatment that he found his new vice. Miles has been sober since September 9, 2021.