The LGBTQ 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. LGBTQ (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. There are specific rehab centres catering to LGBTQ individuals and their needs as a community with an understanding of what aspects would push them to addiction. This is an essential part of the recovery process.
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.
The LGBTQ unit is dependent on drug misuse at a very higher rate than that of the entire public.
This is as a result of many societal inflicted challenges they encounter, oftentimes on a daily routine, that people who establish as straight usually don't.
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:
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. Mental and emotional conditions can develop from keeping one's sexuality hidden as it takes a huge psychological toll.
The usual mental or emotional disorders within the LGBTQ group include:
LGBTQ 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. These can also increase the risk for addiction and include:
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.
Of the many substances that can be abused, five are used most frequently in the LGBTQ community.
Not enough resources that can deal with LGBTQ community members' specific requirements is one of the reasons these individuals might hesitate to ask for help.
Luckily, there are several programs that provide support to the LGBTQ community by focusing on the isolation the may experience, the long term effects of living as a "closeted" person, or being discriminated against.
LGBTQ particular therapy bases assist check any co-occurring psychological health illnesses, which aids with long healing and recuperation. There are greater chances of relapse where the underlying reason or condition that contributed to the person using are not addressed.
Many everyday problems and challenges LGBTQ community members face that can lead to a substance abuse problem and addiction rates in that community are alarming.
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.
Get in touch with us on 0800 246 1509 if you or a loved one is trying to overcome addiction.