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Addiction Info On LGBTQ

Addiction And The Lgbtq Community


The rate of addiction and drug abuse within the LGBTQ society is significantly higher when compared to other groups. Favouritism, societal pressures and co-occurring disorders are simply some of the probable inducers for substance ill-use in this generation. LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer) community and its members have a high number of addictions because of the many challenges they are dealing with. Treatment facilities that cater specifically to sensitive needs of the LGBTQ community work on any underlying issues that may contribute to the addiction. 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.


Challenges People In The Lgbtq Community Face

The LGBTQ society has a higher rate of substance abuse when compared to the population in general.

This is as a result of many societal inflicted challenges they encounter, oftentimes on a daily routine, that people who establish as straight usually don't.

Alcohol or drugs are often used as a way to self medicate for LGBTQ individuals due to the stigmatization and judgement the face in society every day. Depression, nervousness, rage, fear and other unpleasant emotions can be, at least for a moment, quieted down with the use of some substances.


Some of these obstacles are:

  • Being stigmatized or discriminated against due to identifying as LGBTQ
  • Emotional abuse, threats, public mockery and embarrassment, and even hate crimes
  • Shame and rejection from friends and family after coming out
  • Losing their job or not advancing at work
  • Self-hatred

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Typical Reoccurring Disorders Among Lgbtq Community

Having to live a closet life is one aspect that often causes internal conflict for LGBTQ community members. They often lead a double life in regards to their sexual orientation as they hide their sexuality for fear of judgement. Maintaining one's sexuality concealed is a very huge psychological toll that may cause to the growth of emotional or mental disorders or other conditions.


Some emotional or psychological disorders in the LGBTQ community are:

  • Serious depression
  • General anxiety disorder
  • Extreme stress levels
  • Suicide attempts or self-harming

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

  • Compulsive sex
  • Sexual dysfunction
  • Anxiety related to sex or HIV
  • Sexual assault or abuse

Co-occurring psychological or sexual disorders are common among a lot of LGBTQ community members, which are either the cause of substance abuse or its continuation. To successfully overcome an addiction, the first step is to identify whether the addict has some co-occurring health problems when planning a program that will help an LGBTQ overcome his addiction.


Substances Of Choice Among The Lgbtq Community

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

  • Tobacco
  • Tobacco use among LGBTQ community members is up to 200 higher than with straight individuals.
  • Alcohol
  • Moderate to severe alcohol addiction is present in 20 to 25 percent of gay and transgender individuals.
  • Marijuana
  • Heterosexual males are 3.5 times less likely to use Marijuana than members of LGBTQ community.
  • Amphetamines
  • Those who identify as LGBTQ are 12.2 times more likely to use Amphetamines.
  • Heroin
  • Heroin is abused 9.5 times more in LGBTQ community compared to straight individuals.

Lgbtq Treatment Centres

Since their case is unique and they don't have the right tools to help them out, most of them prefer not to seek any assistance.

The challenges that LGBTQ members face and the negative consequences of rejection are the main problems that some recovery centres are out to address.

Problems that may happen simultaneously are usually identified by some rehab facilities specially designed for LGBTQs as a way of helping them break their addiction to permanently. 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 LGBTQ group level of dependence is very alarming, also, the wide difficulties and hardships these people undergo on a daily routine that lead to drug misuse situation.

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.