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LGBTQ And Addiction

The Lgbtq Community And Addiction


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. 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. There are specific rehab centres catering to LGBTQ individuals and their needs as a community with an understanding of what aspects would push them to addiction. This is very implemental to the recovery program.


While only 9% of the people abuse drugs, about 20 to 30% of the LGBTQ does.


Hardships Faced By The Lgbtq Community

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.

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


Some of what they face are:

  • Discrimination and judgment because of their sexual orientation
  • Ridicule, emotional abuse, public humiliation and other forms of hate crimes
  • Being rejected or shunned by loved ones after coming out
  • Loss of job or not receiving appraisals
  • Internal homophobia or self hate

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Disorders That Are Commonly Reoccurring Among The Lgbtq Community

These people sometimes cave in and lead a reclusive life, this may give them emotional instability. 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. Different health problems may arise from hiding one's sexual inclination.


The LGBTQ members may face some of these problems:

  • Dejection
  • Generalized anxiety disorder
  • Elevated stress
  • Suicide attempts or self-harming

Along with the societal issues they have to deal with, LGBTQ individuals could also physical and health issues that relate to their sexuality. These can also increase the risk for addiction and include:

  • Compulsive sexual behaviour
  • Sexual dysfunction
  • Sex or HIV-associated anxiety
  • Sexual abuse or assault

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 looking at which healing alternative is the best for an LGBTQ person, there should be concentration on handling any co-occurring illness to enable for greatest opportunity affirmed sobriety when in recuperation.


Common Drugs Within The Lgbtq

Though there are many different addictive substances, five happen to be the most common among LGBTQ community members.

  • Tobacco
  • When compared to those who identify as Heterosexual, the LGBTQ community uses tobacco up to 200 percent more.
  • Alcohol
  • Within 20 and 25 percent of LGBTQ people have mild to high alcohol addiction.
  • 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 use increases by 9.5 times n LGBTQ members than in heterosexuals.

Lgbtq Community Treatment Facilities

There is a lack of specific resources available to help LGBTQ individuals meet their specific needs, which is one reason why they may not seek treatment.

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. There are greater chances of relapse where the underlying reason or condition that contributed to the person using are not addressed.


Acquire The Help You Need

Many everyday problems and challenges LGBTQ community members face that can lead to a substance abuse problem and addiction rates in that community are alarming.

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.

Get in touch with us on 0800 246 1509 if you or a loved one is trying to overcome addiction.