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Addiction In The LGBT Community


The LGBT community has rates of substance addiction and abuse that are worryingly higher than other parts of the population. Co-occurring disorders, discrimination and pressure from society are some of the possible triggers that push this group to drug use. The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer or LGBT community are confronted by several challenges that contribute to a higher than usual addiction rate. There are special LGBT 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 can be crucial for the rehabilitation process.


It is estimated that 20% to 30% of LGBT people are into substance abuse as compared to the general population average of 9%.


Difficulties The LGBT Unit Comes Across

When compared to the general population it is obvious that LGBT community is susceptible to drug abuse at much higher levels.

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

LGBT community members will thus often seek refuge in alcohol or other substances to distance themselves from everyday challenges and obstacles. Drugs can offer temporary reprieve from uncomfortable feelings such as fear, anger and depression.


Some of these challenges are

  • Stigmatization and discrimination due to their sexual orientation
  • Emotional abuse, threats, public mockery and embarrassment, and even hate crimes
  • Shame and rejection from friends and family after coming out
  • Losing jobs and not getting promoted at work
  • Self-hatred

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Co Occurring Disorders That Are Common Among LGBT

Sometimes, members of the LGBT community feel forced to live their life "closeted," which causes significant internal conflict. They lead a life of pretence in order to prevent the negative response they will receive from people. Different health problems may arise from hiding one's sexual inclination.


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

  • Dejection
  • Generalized anxiety problems
  • Great levels of stress
  • Tending to self harm and attempts at suicide

Besides the societal difficulties they undergo, an LGBT person may be witnessing health or physical challenges connected to their sexuality. They can also lead to an addiction and they are

  • Uncontrollable sexual behaviour
  • Sexual dysfunction
  • Fear of HIV or sex
  • Physical attacks and sexual abuse

There may also be mental or sexual disorders co-occurring with people identifying as LGBT that can lead to or feed into this abuse. In order to get the highest chance at a successful recovery, any co-occurring issues should be addressed when deciding on a treatment option for an LGBT individual.


Common Drugs Within The LGBT

The members of LGBT are addicted to these 5 drugs than others.

  • Forms of tobacco
  • Tobacco use among LGBT community members is up to 200 higher than with straight individuals.
  • Alcohol
  • A moderate to severe alcohol problems are present in 20-25 percent of the LGBT community.
  • Marijuana
  • Gay men use marijuana 3.5 times more than straight men.
  • Amphetamines
  • Members of the LGBT group are 12.2 times with high chances to use Amphetamines.
  • Heroin
  • LGBT community members are likely to use Heroin 9.5 times more than straight people.

Treatment Places For LGBT People

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.

Rehab facilities that specialize with LGBT treatment can identify co-occurring mental disorders and this contributes to a full and permanent recovery. Going back to the drug is possible if what triggers it are not addressed.


Get The Assistance You Desire

The LGBT 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 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 246 1509 if you or someone you love is struggling with substance abuse.