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