What to Expect at Gay Men’s Institute 

Gay Men’s Institute offers a complete continuum of care in our gender-specific residential and outpatient centers. Patients will reside at Gay Men’s Institute with around-the-clock guidance and supervision from our clinical and medical staff. Our Gay Men’s Institute Treatment Team works with each patient to determine the appropriate length of residential care, but most people stay for 30-40 days after successful completion of detox. Our recommended program consists of residential treatment at Gay Men’s Institute, followed by aftercare treatment at the Gay Men’s Institute Outpatient Services Center.

Residential Schedule

Throughout their stay, patients will have a full schedule of individual and group activities tailored to their personalized treatment plans.  This is just an example of what patients can expect during their residential treatment at Gay Men’s Institute. Please note that this is a sample schedule and is subject to change.


  • Breakfast
  • Serenity Walk or Adventure Hike
  • Yoga / Movement with Intent
  • Community Peer Meeting
  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) Education
  • Primary Process Groups – Therapy
    • DBT Skills Sharing
    • Core Mindfulness
    • Emotion Regulation
    • Distress Tolerance
    • Interpersonal Effectiveness


  • Lunch
  • Individual Psychotherapy Sessions
  • Introduction to 12-Step social programs
  • Recovery Goals / Trigger Identification
  • Depression Reduction
  • Anxiety Reduction
  • Illness Management & Recovery
  • Nutrition & Wellness
  • Gay Affirmative Discussion Groups
  • Motivation for Change
  • Recreation Therapy & Pool Time
  • Art Therapy
  • Music Meditation
  • Gym Time/ Swimming Pool


  • Dinner
  • Community Recovery Meetings
  • Community H & I Panel Meetings (on site)
  • Personal workbook assignments
  • Free Time

The above list covers many of the therapy options offered during your stay. Your personalized treatment plan will determine the specific focus of your Individual therapy.

Weekends at Gay Men’s Institute give patients opportunities to bond with each other and with the staff in a more relaxed setting through organized group activities. After completing detox, patients are able to schedule with their primary therapist for one (1) weekly 15-minute monitored phone call, to be used for contacting spouses, partners, children, extended family, and friends. Emergency calls are permitted only at the discretion of the primary therapist and the treatment team, for the best interest of the patient.

Specialty Intensive Workshops

Upon successful completion of 30 days of treatment, patients who remain in residential treatment will be entitled to enroll in specialty workshops to augment treatment throughout the remainder of their stay. Below is a partial listing of specialty intensives offered at Gay Men’s Institute, the roster of workshops may vary depending on the availability of expert facilitators.

  • Equine-Assisted Therapy
  • Advanced Trauma Healing
  • Advanced DBT Skills Training
  • Affirmative Gay Identity
  • Healthy Sexual Expression
  • Gay Mentorship and Community Services
  • Same-Sex Marriage, Family, and Parenting

“Our Chosen-Family” Weekend Workshop

Once a month, families of patients are invited to Gay Men’s Institute for a two-day family workshop. Our staff will give a presentation about the disease of addiction and its effects on the brain, followed by an explanation by our clinical staff of our Gay Men’s Institute treatment approach. This allows families to understand what their loved-ones experienced when they were addicted, what they experience while being treated for the addiction, and how to help prepare them for a lifetime of recovery. On the second day of the weekend, patients join their families to participate in communication exercises together as a cohesive unit.

What Happens When I Leave Gay Men’s Institute?

Aftercare & Sober Living

Once patients have successfully completed their treatment, Gay Men’s Institute Discharge Planners work with them individually to discuss goals for life after treatment, otherwise known as an aftercare plan. Patients continue their care in a sober living community as they adjust themselves to lifetime recovery outside of Gay Men’s Institute. Our staff works with sober living communities both inside and outside Gay Men’s Institute’s network of partners based on the patient’s needs and his location preference.  Patients in a sober living community are mostly independent but still have the option to receive care based on their needs. Most of our patients who go to sober living after leaving our facility stay for around nine months.

Alumni Support

Gay Men’s Institute is dedicated to helping patients through their lifetime of recovery. We are proud to have a large, active alumni community organized by our staff. Gay Men’s Institute keeps alumni active and engaged through e-mail newsletters. Patients at Gay Men’s Institute are given the option to begin integrating into the alumni community during their fourth week of residential/inpatient treatment.

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