One Step at a Time: How Recovery Unplugged Reaches LGBTQ Addicts

by Matthew Wexler

EDGE Media Network Contributor

Wednesday July 1, 2020

Shane Ramos, Admissions Coordinator
Shane Ramos, Admissions Coordinator  (Source:Recovery Unplugged)

Shane Ramos is an admissions coordinator at Recovery Unplugged. He's also transgender and understands the complexities facing the LGBTQ community regarding substance abuse.

According to a National Survey on Drug Use and Health, LGBTQ populations are twice as likely as heterosexuals to suffer from a substance abuse disorder. Recovery Unplugged's innovative treatment model harnesses the power of music to tap into the root emotional causes of addiction, and creates an action plan for those in recovery to get and stay clean.

Ramos represents an LGBTQ-friendly staff that welcomes everyone, regardless of their sexual or gender identification — a hugely important first step toward recovery.

In this exclusive video created in collaboration with EDGE, Ramos shares his personal experience and why Recovery Unplugged is an industry leader in addiction treatment.

Are you or someone you love struggling with drugs or alcohol? Recovery Unplugged offers LGBTQ-welcoming substance abuse treatment. Visit or call 855-909-8818.

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Matthew Wexler is EDGE's Senior Editor, Features & Branded Content. More of his writing can be found at Follow him on Twitter and Instagram at @wexlerwrites.