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Addiction And LGBTQ

Addiction In The Lgbtq Community


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 Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer or LGBTQ community are confronted by several challenges that contribute to a higher than usual addiction rate. The possible causes of the dependence are considered by special rehab programs that are designed exclusively for them. 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.


Hardships Faced By The Lgbtq Community

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

Some reasons lay in the fact that, almost every day, members of this community deal with challenges in their surroundings and society that heterosexually oriented people don't have to go through.

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. They sometimes feel depressed, angry or apprehensive which is why they turn to drugs to alleviate their emotional pains.


Some of these obstacles are:

  • Stigmatization and discrimination due to their sexual orientation
  • Hate crimes; emotional ill-use, warnings, public humiliation or ridicule
  • Shame and rejection from friends and family after coming out
  • Losing jobs and not getting promoted at work
  • Internal homophobia or self hate

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Disorders That Are Commonly Reoccurring Among The Lgbtq Community

These people sometimes cave in and lead a reclusive life, this may give them emotional instability. That leads them to have double identities when it comes to their sexual orientation and to even hide their real sexuality from people because they are afraid of being rejected. 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 LGBTQ community are:

  • Dejection
  • Generalized anxiety disorder
  • Elevated stress
  • They may inflict self-injury on themselves or kill themselves

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:

  • Compulsive sexual behaviour
  • Sexual dysfunction
  • Anxiety relating to HIV or sex
  • 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.


Lgbtq Community Drugs Of Choice

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

  • Tobacco
  • Tobacco use among LGBTQ community members is up to 200 higher than with straight individuals.
  • Alcohol
  • Their addiction to alcohol is between average to serious in about 20 to 25% of the group.
  • Marijuana
  • Heterosexual men are 3.5 times less prone to marijuana than men who are gay.
  • Amphetamines
  • The likelihood that they will use Amphetamines multiplies 12.2 times.
  • Heroin
  • Heroin use increases by 9.5 times n LGBTQ members than in heterosexuals.

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.

LGBTQ specific rehabilitation centres can identify any additional mental health problems which will lead to a greater chance of recovery. There is a far greater chance for relapse if these underlying issues are not addressed.


Get The Assistance You Desire

The LGBTQ group level of dependence is very alarming, also, the wide difficulties and hardships these people undergo on a daily routine that lead to drug misuse situation.

You will never be the odd one but belong to the greater percentage of users if you seek the assistance of rehab centres that cater to LGBTQs.

Please call us now on 0800 246 1509 if you or someone you love is struggling with substance abuse.