The rate of addiction and drug abuse within the LGBTQ society is significantly higher when compared to other groups. Co-occurring disorders, discrimination and pressure from society are some of the possible triggers that push this group to drug use. Members of LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer) community come across several difficulties that have lead to a great rate of dependence. There are special LGBTQ treatment facilities that can deal with any hidden aspects that may have led to an addiction and are thoughtful to the particular requirements of this community. This is an essential part of the recovery process.
An approximated 20 to 30 percent of the LGBTQ community ill-uses drugs, contrasted to around 9 percent of the overall population.
Challenges Faced By The Lgbtq Community
When compared to the general population it is obvious that LGBTQ community is susceptible to drug abuse at much higher levels.
Those practicing man-woman relationship are not exposed to much criticism and discrimination as the LGBTQ people.
Alcohol or drugs are often used as a way to self medicate for LGBTQ individuals due to the stigmatization and judgement the face in society every day. Drugs can offer temporary reprieve from uncomfortable feelings such as fear, anger and depression.
Some of these difficulties are as follows:
Discrimination and judgment because of their sexual orientation
Emotional abuse, threats, public mockery and embarrassment, and even hate crimes
After coming out they have to deal with rejection and dishonour from their loved ones
Losing their job or not advancing at work
They develop strong lack of affection for themselves
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. 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.
The LGBTQ members may face some of these problems:
General anxiety disorder
Great levels of stress
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. These may as well add to their dependence and they include:
Compulsive sexual behaviour
Sex or HIV-associated anxiety
Physical attacks and sexual abuse
There may also be mental or sexual disorders co-occurring with people identifying as LGBTQ that can lead to or feed into this abuse. 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.
Drugs Chosen By The Lgbtq Community
Though there are many different addictive substances, five happen to be the most common among LGBTQ community members.
Transgender and gay people use different forms of tobacco, 200% more than heterosexual individuals.
Their addiction to alcohol is between average to serious in about 20 to 25% of the group.
Gay men are 3.5 times more probable to exploit Cannabis than heterosexual males.
The likelihood that they will use Amphetamines multiplies 12.2 times.
Heroin is abused 9.5 times more in LGBTQ community compared to straight individuals.
Lgbtq Community Treatment Facilities
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.
Fortunately we have different treatment centres that are dedicated to the isolation that LGBTQ members deal with along with the effects of living a "closet" life or being victims of being discriminated.
Rehab facilities that specialize with LGBTQ treatment can identify co-occurring mental disorders and this contributes to a full and permanent recovery. There are greater chances of relapse where the underlying reason or condition that contributed to the person using are not addressed.
Find The Assistance You Need
The rate of addiction in the LGBTQ community is worrying, as are the daily challenges this community faces that could contribute to the abuse.
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.
0800 772 3971 please call us today if you or a person you care for is having an addiction problem.