Episode 6: Improving Addiction Services ft. Beck Gee-Cohen, MA, LADC

Mrs Marty Mann. Photograph taken around 1963, artist unknown. Source:  NCADD

Mrs Marty Mann. Photograph taken around 1963, artist unknown. Source: NCADD

Queer History Lesson of the Day

Margaret “Marty” Mann, also known as Mrs. Marty Mann, was born in 1905 to a wealthy family in Chicago, Illinois. Mrs. Marty Mann was one of the co-founders and longtime Executive Director of the National Council on Alcoholism (first known as National Committee for Education on Alcoholism) at Yale University. She is one of the first women to attain sobriety through the 12 step program of Alcoholics Anonymous and most definitely the first lesbian to complete the program. Mann relapsed several times within the first 18 months of AA but remained sober from 1940 until the end of her life (with the exception of one brief relapse in those 20 years). According to an article published in Revolvy, “ Mann became inspired with the desire to eliminate the stigma and ignorance regarding alcoholism, and to encourage the "disease model" which viewed it as a medical/psychological problem, not a moral failing.” Marty was one of the founders of the first recovery center High Watch Farm. She was a strong willed individual with a passion for making change

This episode is dedicated to our queer family who has been or is affected by substance abuse, mental health crisis, or suicide. There are many resources and individuals out there who are willing to help. You are not alone and you will never be alone


Marty Mann

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LGBT persons also have a greater likelihood than non-LGBT persons of experiencing a substance use disorder (SUD) in their lifetime, and they often enter treatment with more severe SUDs, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse. Addiction treatment programs offering LGBTQI and nonbinary specific care shows better outcomes for clients compared to those in non-specialized programs. It’s clear that treatment should address unique factors in individuals’ lives that include homophobia/transphobia, family problems, violence, and social isolation. Today, we talk to Beck Gee-Cohen about bridging the gap between LGBTQI+GNC communities and treatment. Beck is the founder of BGC consulting where he works diligently with families and young people to best set the stage for success at the intersection of LGBTQ identification, mental health, and recovery. He has worked for over a decade in clinical treatment settings including business development, admissions, residential, PHP, and IOP. Working from the vantage of 12+ years in personal recovery, Beck is an ardent proponent for equality and the acceptance of LGBTQ+ in sober communities. Beck’s passions include advocacy work, the creation of affirming spaces, and addressing the specific needs of recovery in the LGBTQ community. Please enjoy!


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