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Addiction In LGBTQ

Addiction And The Lgbtq Community


People living in the LGBTQ have people who are living on drugs than somewhere else. Some probable triggers for addiction in this population are discrimination, pressure from society, and other disorders that might be present. Members of LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer) community come across several difficulties that have lead to a great rate of dependence. 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 very implemental to the recovery program.


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


Hardships Faced By The Lgbtq Community

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

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.

Often, LGBTQ people will avert to substances or alcohol as a method of self-medicating from the bias they witness in the everyday society. 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 what they face are:

  • Their sexual life exposes them to segregation and bullying
  • Public embarrassment, threats, scorn, or more severe hate crimes
  • After making their sexual orientation public, they are turned down by their loved ones
  • There is the problem of inequality at work, loss of employment and not receive pay rises
  • Internal homophobia or self hate

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Co Occurring Disorders In The Lgbtq Community

These people sometimes cave in and lead a reclusive life, this may give them emotional instability. They lead a life of pretence in order to prevent the negative response they will receive from people. 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.


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

  • Intense sadness
  • Anxiety disorder
  • Great levels of stress
  • Suicidal tendencies or self harm

LGBTQ community members might also face physical or health problems that are connected to their sexuality, which adds to the society obstacles they have to overcome. These can also increase the risk for addiction and include:

  • Compulsive sexual activity
  • Sexual dysfunction
  • Sex or HIV-associated anxiety
  • Physical attacks and sexual abuse

A majority of people who are LGBTQ have a co-occurring sexual or mental disorder that either drove them to a substance abuse problem or is fuelling the abuse. 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.


Common Drugs Within The Lgbtq

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

  • Tobacco
  • Tobacco use is about 200% higher in transgender and gay people than other people.
  • Alcohol
  • A moderate to severe alcohol problems are present in 20-25 percent of the LGBTQ community.
  • Marijuana
  • Gay men use marijuana 3.5 times more than straight men.
  • Amphetamines
  • LGBTQ individuals are 12.2 times more prone to Amphetamine abuse.
  • Heroin
  • Heroin is abused 9.5 times more in LGBTQ community compared to straight individuals.

Treatment Places For Lgbtq People

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.

However, there are many treatment programs that are able to deal with the seclusion that LGBTQ community members frequently feel and the long-lasting consequences of discrimination or leading a double life.

Rehab facilities that specialize with LGBTQ treatment can identify co-occurring mental disorders and this contributes to a full and permanent recovery. Going back to the drug is possible if what triggers it are not addressed.


Find The Assistance You Need

There is a disturbing rate of addiction in the LGBTQ community along with a number of issues and hurdles that they are confronted with on a day to day basis that could lead to substance abuse and addiction.

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.