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Addiction In LGBTQ

The Lgbtq Community And Dependency


The rate of addiction and drug abuse within the LGBTQ society is significantly higher when compared to other groups. Co-occurring disorders, discrimination and pressure from society are some of the possible triggers that push this group to drug use. Members of LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer) community come across several difficulties that have lead to a great rate of dependence. There are special LGBTQ treatment facilities that can deal with any hidden aspects that may have led to an addiction and are thoughtful to the particular requirements of this community. Breaking an addiction becomes easy with this.


It is estimated that 20% to 30% of LGBTQ people are into substance abuse as compared to the general population average of 9%.


Difficulties The Lgbtq Unit Comes Across

The LGBTQ community is susceptible to addiction at a relatively high rate when compared to the general population.

Some reasons lay in the fact that, almost every day, members of this community deal with challenges in their surroundings and society that heterosexually oriented people don't have to go through.

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. Drugs can offer temporary reprieve from uncomfortable feelings such as fear, anger and depression.


Some of these obstacles are:

  • Favouritism or stigmatization established on sexual preference
  • Public embarrassment, threats, scorn, or more severe hate crimes
  • Being rejected or shunned by loved ones after coming out
  • Loss of job or not receiving appraisals
  • Self-hatred

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Co Occurring Disorders In The Lgbtq Community

Sometimes, members of the LGBTQ community feel forced to live their life "closeted," which causes significant internal conflict. That leads them to have double identities when it comes to their sexual orientation and to even hide their real sexuality from people because they are afraid of being rejected. Mental and emotional conditions can develop from keeping one's sexuality hidden as it takes a huge psychological toll.


Usual emotional or mental disorders that members of LGBTQ community face are:

  • Dejection
  • Anxiety disorder
  • Stress levels increases
  • Suicidal tendencies or self harm

There may also be physical or medical issues related to their sexuality in addition to the societal problems they face. They can also lead to an addiction and they are:

  • Sexual addiction
  • Sexual dysfunction
  • Sex or HIV-related anxiety
  • Sexual abuse or attack

Experiencing both mental and sexual problems that triggers drug abuse or complicates an addiction is common to LGBTQs. 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

The members of LGBTQ are addicted to these 5 drugs than others.

  • Forms of tobacco
  • Tobacco use is about 200% higher in transgender and gay people than other people.
  • Alcohol
  • Moderate to severe alcohol addiction is present in 20 to 25 percent of gay and transgender individuals.
  • Marijuana
  • Gay males are 3 and a half times more prone to Marijuana use when compared to straight males.
  • Amphetamines
  • Those who identify as LGBTQ are 12.2 times more likely to use Amphetamines.
  • Heroin
  • Members of the LGBTQ community are 9 and a half times more prone to Heroin use when compared to heterosexual individuals.

Treatment Places For Lgbtq

Not enough resources that can deal with LGBTQ community members' specific requirements is one of the reasons these individuals might hesitate to ask for help.

Luckily, there are several programs that provide support to the LGBTQ community by focusing on the isolation the may experience, the long term effects of living as a "closeted" person, or being discriminated against.

LGBTQ particular therapy bases assist check any co-occurring psychological health illnesses, which aids with long healing and recuperation. By not tackling the basic reason to utilize or any other situations that may be causing a dependence, there is a really huge opportunity for backsliding.


Obtain The Support You Require

The challenging situations that are responsible for the reliance as well as the number of LGBTQs that are addicted to one substance or the order give people much to think about.

By checking into a rehabilitation facility that specializes in working with LGBTQ community addicts, you will be in a place where you are one of the majority and also have encouragement and support from those who are around.

Get in touch with us on 0800 246 1509 if your or your family and friends have problems with abuse of drug.