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Addiction And LGBTQ

The Lgbtq Community And Dependency


LGBTQ community has alarmingly higher numbers of substance abuse and addiction that any other group. Co-occurring disorders, discrimination and pressure from society are some of the possible triggers that push this group to drug use. Many problems have led to the dependence by the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer, known as LGBTQ LGBTQ specific healing bases are very sensitive to the requirements of that community and quickly tackle any basic issues that may have lead to dependence. This is a critical component of the process of recovery.


Around 9 percent of the general population has substance abuse troubles, while this number in LGBTQ community goes as high as 20 or 30 percent.


Hardships Faced By The Lgbtq Community

When compared to the general population it is obvious that LGBTQ community is susceptible to drug abuse at much higher levels.

This is partly due to several obstacles imposed by society that they face nearly on a day to day basis that are typically not faced by heterosexual individuals.

On many occasions, people who are LGBTQ get into alcohol or drugs as a way to self medicate from the challenges they face from society. They sometimes feel depressed, angry or apprehensive which is why they turn to drugs to alleviate their emotional pains.


Some of those challenges are:

  • Favouritism or stigmatization established on sexual preference
  • Emotional abuse, threats, public mockery and embarrassment, and even hate crimes
  • Shame and rejection from friends and family after coming out
  • Loss of job or not receiving appraisals
  • Internal homophobia or self hate

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Co Occurring Disorders In The Lgbtq Community

LGBTQ community members are frequently forced to live their lives hiding their true nature, which is a situation that might cause internal friction. They lead a life of pretence in order to prevent the negative response they will receive from people. Mental and emotional conditions can develop from keeping one's sexuality hidden as it takes a huge psychological toll.


The usual mental or emotional disorders within the LGBTQ group include:

  • Dejection
  • General anxiety disorder
  • Severe stress
  • Suicidal tendencies or self harm

Besides the societal difficulties they undergo, an LGBTQ person may be witnessing health or physical challenges connected to their sexuality. These may also lead to addiction and can include:

  • Sexual addiction
  • Sexual disorder
  • Anxiety related to sex or HIV
  • Physical attacks and sexual abuse

A good number of individuals who identify as LGBTQ have a co-occurring psychological or sexual illness that either brings about drug ill-use issue or upholding this misuse. When thinking about treatment options for people who identify as LGBTQ, there needs to be a focus on any co-occurring disorders so as to increase the chances of long term sobriety.


Lgbtq Community Drugs Of Choice

Even though most of the drugs can be dependent, there are five that are ill-used more often in the LGBTQ group.

  • Forms of tobacco
  • Transgender and gay people use different forms of tobacco, 200% more than heterosexual individuals.
  • Alcohol
  • A moderate to severe alcohol problems are present in 20-25 percent of the LGBTQ community.
  • Marijuana
  • Gay men are 3.5 times more probable to exploit Cannabis than heterosexual males.
  • Amphetamines
  • Gay and heterosexual people use Amphetamines 12.2 more times compared to straight people.
  • Heroin
  • Heroin is abused 9.5 times more in LGBTQ community compared to straight individuals.

Treatment Places For Lgbtq People

A key reason why LGBTQ individuals are resistant to acquire assistance is due to lack of resources present to them that take care of their personal requirements.

Fortunately we have different treatment centres that are dedicated to the isolation that LGBTQ members deal with along with the effects of living a "closet" life or being victims of being discriminated.

LGBTQ particular therapy bases assist check any co-occurring psychological health illnesses, which aids with long healing and recuperation. Going back to the drug is possible if what triggers it are not addressed.


Acquire The Help You Need

The rate of addiction in the LGBTQ community is worrying, as are the daily challenges this community faces that could contribute to the abuse.

By entering an LGBTQ specific facility, you will be in the majority instead of the minority, surrounded by people who can provide understanding and support.

0800 246 1509 please call us today if you or a person you care for is having an addiction problem.