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Addiction And LGBTQ

The Lgbtq Community And Dependency


LGBTQ community has alarmingly higher numbers of substance abuse and addiction that any other group. There are many reasons for these statistics for substance abuse in this group, like discrimination and peer pressure for example. 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. The possible causes of the dependence are considered by special rehab programs that are designed exclusively for them. 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.


Hardships Faced By The Lgbtq Community

The LGBTQ unit is dependent on drug misuse at a very higher rate than that of the entire public.

Those who identify as heterosexual typically don't face the same societal obstacles as those who are LGBTQ.

These challenges that has become part of their daily existence may move them to try drugs. 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:

  • Favouritism or stigmatization established on sexual preference
  • Hate crimes; emotional ill-use, warnings, public humiliation or ridicule
  • Being rejected or shunned by loved ones after coming out
  • Loss of job or not receiving appraisals
  • Self-hatred

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Co Occurring Disorders In The Lgbtq Community

Sometimes, members of the LGBTQ community feel forced to live their life "closeted," which causes significant internal conflict. 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. Different health problems may arise from hiding one's sexual inclination.


The usual mental or emotional disorders within the LGBTQ group include:

  • Intense sadness
  • They tend to express unusual worries about everything around them
  • Extreme stress levels
  • Tending to self harm and attempts at suicide

Along with the societal issues they have to deal with, LGBTQ individuals could also physical and health issues that relate to their sexuality. Their dependence on drugs may stem from these:

  • Sexual addiction
  • Sexual dysfunction
  • Fear of HIV or sex
  • Sexual assault or 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. Emphasis should be on tackling any co-occurring problems when you are thinking about the best treatment alternative for a member of LGBTQ community in order to have the best possibility of long-lasting results in rehabilitation.


Substances Of Choice Among The Lgbtq Community

There are five most commonly abused substances within the LGBTQ community, even though many other can be as addictive as these.

  • Tobacco
  • Gay and Transgender people consume tobacco up to 200 percent greater than individuals who identify as straight.
  • Alcohol
  • About 20% to 25% of LGBTQ individuals are reported to be between moderately to severely dependent on alcohol.
  • Marijuana
  • Heterosexual men are 3.5 times less prone to marijuana than men who are gay.
  • 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 Treatment Centres

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.

Gratefully, there are several healing programs that pay attention on closing off that members of the LGBTQ Community often go through, also the long impacts of carrying out a "closeted" life or being the victim of favouritism.

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. There is a far greater chance for relapse if these underlying issues are not addressed.


Get The Assistance You Desire

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.