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LGBTQ And Dependence

The Lgbtq Community And Addiction


The rate of addiction and drug abuse within the LGBTQ society is significantly higher when compared to other groups. The people here take to drug due to these possible causes: segregation, pressures from the society, and some other factors. The high rate of addiction amount the LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer) community is in part due to the challenges the members face. Treatment facilities that cater specifically to sensitive needs of the LGBTQ community work on any underlying issues that may contribute to the addiction. Breaking an addiction becomes easy with this.


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.


Difficulties The Lgbtq Unit Comes Across

Other people do not depend on addictive substances like them.

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.

These challenges that has become part of their daily existence may move them to try drugs. Depression, anger, anxiety, and fear can all be numbed temporarily with these substances.


Some of those challenges are:

  • Being stigmatized or discriminated against due to identifying as LGBTQ
  • Public embarrassment, threats, scorn, or more severe hate crimes
  • After coming out they have to deal with rejection and dishonour from their loved ones
  • Work-related discrimination
  • Internalized bias or self-hatred

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Common Disorders Among The Lgbtq Community

Having to live a closet life is one aspect that often causes internal conflict for LGBTQ community members. This means that they have to keep their sexual orientation secret due to fear of being rejected and hence need to live a double life when it comes to their sexuality. Psychological or emotional disorders and illness can come as a consequence of mental suffering that is a big part of hiding your true nature.


Some of the common emotional and psychological disorders in the LGBTQ community are:

  • Severe depression
  • General anxiety disorder
  • Severe stress
  • They may inflict self-injury on themselves or kill themselves

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

  • Compulsive sexual activity
  • Sexual dysfunction
  • Anxiety relating to HIV or sex
  • Sexual misuse 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.


Common Drugs Within The Lgbtq

Of the many substances that can be abused, five are used most frequently in the LGBTQ community.

  • Tobacco
  • Transgender and gay people use different forms of tobacco, 200% more than heterosexual individuals.
  • Alcohol
  • Within 20 and 25 percent of LGBTQ people have mild to high alcohol addiction.
  • Marijuana
  • Gay males are 3 and a half times more prone to Marijuana use when compared to straight males.
  • Amphetamines
  • Gay and heterosexual people use Amphetamines 12.2 more times compared to straight people.
  • Heroin
  • LGBTQ community members are likely to use Heroin 9.5 times more than straight people.

Lgbtq Community Treatment Facilities

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.

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

Recognizing any co-occurring mental health problems is in the focus of treatment facilities for LGBTQ individuals, which can raise the chances of recovery for a longer time. Going back to the drug is possible if what triggers it 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.

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