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.
I wouldn’t change a thing... Okay maybe some things I’d change
Wright was born in Texas and struggled with his sexual identity growing up. He came to Pride from Denver, a more diverse city, in 2016 after his boss in Corporate America had given him the ultimatum between going to treatment or being terminated. To this day, he credits his boss as being a massive factor in his getting sober. Having gone through relapse and a few treatments in between, Wright returned to Pride and has been sober since October 2019.
If you go to the barbershop enough, you’re gonna get a haircut
Tom has been in and out of recovery for the last 32 years and lives in New York City. Tom was able to string together 10 years of sobriety before his first relapse, garnering two master's degrees along the way. Tom came to Pride having never really addressed his sexuality in prior treatment stints. He noted "The Velvet Rage" as being a book that was instrumental in his sobriety, going as far as to say, "it was the first time in his life where he felt seen." Tom has been sober since September 21, 2014.
I don’t wanna be like that guy from Shameless
This week's guest, Marc, talks about the paranoia of addiction, the stigma and shame of experiencing homelessness, and addiction's toll on loved ones. A professional truck driver, Marc, talks about the primarily male-dominated, heteronormative standards he has to live up to in his profession and has to hide from most of the time. Mark has been sober since November 28, 2020.
I’m a mother, you can’t let me die
Rachel describes her drug use as having created a numbness she had been seeking her whole life. Before treatment, she was homeless, living out of a storage unit in Fargo, North Dakota, and in full psychosis. Temporarily estranged from her daughter, Rachel now refers to her daughter as her best friend. She got sober on December 9th, 2020.
Resource: Aliveness Project
Matt and James from the Aliveness Project share what their organization can offer to the community, who can access their services, benefits of harm reduction and syringe exchanges, combatting shame and stigma for people living with HIV, safe sex and how someone can start on PrEP.
I came here because I was desperate for community
Gavin got sober from drugs in his early 20’s before relapsing later on alcohol. He came to Pride from Atlanta, Georgia, having lived in several different places throughout the United States, because he wanted to be surrounded by other queer folks. He decided to stay in Minnesota post treatment because of the thriving LGBTQIA+ recovery community. Gavin has been sober since November, 2015.