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Addiction In The LGBT Community

Levels of substance misuse and dependence in the LGBT community are extremely higher when compared to those of other squads. Some probable triggers for addiction in this population are discrimination, pressure from society, and other disorders that might be present. Members of LGBT (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 LGBT community work on any underlying issues that may contribute to the addiction. This is an essential part of the recovery process.

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

Challenges Faced By The LGBT Community

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

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

Often, LGBT people will avert to substances or alcohol as a method of self-medicating from the bias they witness in the everyday society. Drugs can offer temporary reprieve from uncomfortable feelings such as fear, anger and depression.

Some of these difficulties are as follows

  • Favouritism or stigmatization established on sexual preference
  • Ridicule, emotional abuse, public humiliation and other forms of hate crimes
  • Desertion or dishonour from blood relations or friends when you come out
  • Losing jobs and not getting promoted at work
  • Internal homophobia or self hate

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Co Occurring Disorders In The LGBT Community

LGBT community members are frequently forced to live their lives hiding their true nature, which is a situation that might cause internal friction. This is the place where they conceal their sexuality from others because of fear of abandonment, and lead a double life in connection to pretending on their sexual stand. Mental and emotional conditions can develop from keeping one's sexuality hidden as it takes a huge psychological toll.

Some of the common emotional and psychological disorders in the LGBT community are

  • Major depression
  • They tend to express unusual worries about everything around them
  • Great levels of stress
  • Suicide attempts or self-harming

LGBT 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. They can also lead to an addiction and they are

  • Compulsive sexual behaviour
  • Sexual disorder
  • Anxiety relating to HIV or sex
  • Physical attacks and sexual abuse

Experiencing both mental and sexual problems that triggers drug abuse or complicates an addiction is common to LGBTs. When thinking about treatment options for people who identify as LGBT, 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 LGBT

Even though most of the drugs can be dependent, there are five that are ill-used more often in the LGBT group.

  • Tobacco
  • Transgender and gay people use different forms of tobacco, 200% more than heterosexual individuals.
  • Alcohol
  • Their addiction to alcohol is between average to serious in about 20 to 25% of the group.
  • Marijuana
  • Gay males are 3 and a half times more prone to Marijuana use when compared to straight males.
  • Amphetamines
  • Members of the LGBT group are 12.2 times with high chances to use Amphetamines.
  • Heroin
  • Heroin is abused 9.5 times more in LGBT community compared to straight individuals.

LGBT Community Treatment Facilities

There is a lack of specific resources available to help LGBT 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 LGBT community by focusing on the isolation the may experience, the long term effects of living as a "closeted" person, or being discriminated against.

Recognizing any co-occurring mental health problems is in the focus of treatment facilities for LGBT individuals, which can raise the chances of recovery for a longer time. Chances that a relapse might happen are much bigger if these underlying causes of substance abuse or addiction are not properly dealt with.

Acquire The Help You Need

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

You will be in the company of people that can offer you support and motivation and you will feel that you belong if you go to a treatment facility that offers rehab and care to LGBT individuals in their fight against addiction.

Please call us now on 0800 772 3971 if you or someone you love is struggling with substance abuse.