Addiction And The LGBT Community
Levels of substance misuse and dependence in the LGBT community are extremely higher when compared to those of other squads. There are many reasons for these statistics for substance abuse in this group, like discrimination and peer pressure for example. LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer) community and its members have a high number of addictions because of the many challenges they are dealing with. 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 a critical component of the process of recovery.
An approximated 20 to 30 percent of the LGBT community ill-uses drugs, contrasted to around 9 percent of the overall population.
Problems The LGBT Community Faces
The LGBT community is susceptible to addiction at a relatively high rate when compared to the general population.
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.
These challenges that has become part of their daily existence may move them to try drugs. Depression, anger, anxiety, and fear can all be numbed temporarily with these substances.
Some of those challenges are
- Stigmatization and discrimination due to their sexual orientation
- Public embarrassment, threats, scorn, or more severe hate crimes
- Shame and rejection from friends and family after coming out
- Losing their job or not advancing at work
- Internalized bias or self-hatred
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Typical Reoccurring Disorders Among LGBT Community
Having to live a closet life is one aspect that often causes internal conflict for LGBT community members. 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. 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 LGBT members may face some of these problems
- General anxiety disorder
- Elevated stress
- Suicidal tendencies or self harm
Along with the societal issues they have to deal with, LGBT individuals could also physical and health issues that relate to their sexuality. These may also lead to addiction and can include
- Uncontrollable sexual behaviour
- Sexual dysfunction
- Anxiety related to sex or HIV
- Physical attacks and sexual abuse
Experiencing both mental and sexual problems that triggers drug abuse or complicates an addiction is common to LGBTs. Emphasis should be on tackling any co-occurring problems when you are thinking about the best treatment alternative for a member of LGBT community in order to have the best possibility of long-lasting results in rehabilitation.
Substances Of Choice Among The LGBT Community
The members of LGBT are addicted to these 5 drugs than others.
- When compared to those who identify as Heterosexual, the LGBT community uses tobacco up to 200 percent more.
- A moderate to severe alcohol problems are present in 20-25 percent of the LGBT community.
- Gay males are 3 and a half times more prone to Marijuana use when compared to straight males.
- Members of the LGBT group are 12.2 times with high chances to use Amphetamines.
- Heroin use increases by 9.5 times n LGBT members than in heterosexuals.
Treatment Places For LGBT
One of the main reasons that LGBT members hesitate when it comes to seeking assistance is the lack of facilities that address their needs as individuals.
However, there are many treatment programs that are able to deal with the seclusion that LGBT community members frequently feel and the long-lasting consequences of discrimination or leading a double life.
Rehab facilities that specialize with LGBT 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.
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The challenging situations that are responsible for the reliance as well as the number of LGBTs that are addicted to one substance or the order give people much to think about.
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.
Get in touch with us on 0800 772 3971 if you or a loved one is trying to overcome addiction.