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LGBTQ And Dependence

Addiction In The Lgbtq Community


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. LGBTQ specific healing bases are very sensitive to the requirements of that community and quickly tackle any basic issues that may have lead to dependence. Breaking an addiction becomes easy with this.


While 9 percent of the general population suffers from substance abuse, it's estimated that it affects between 20-30 percent of the LGBTQ community.


Hardships Faced By The Lgbtq Community

The LGBTQ unit is dependent on drug misuse at a very higher rate than that of the entire public.

Those practicing man-woman relationship are not exposed to much criticism and discrimination as the LGBTQ people.

LGBTQ community members will thus often seek refuge in alcohol or other substances to distance themselves from everyday challenges and obstacles. Depression, nervousness, rage, fear and other unpleasant emotions can be, at least for a moment, quieted down with the use of some substances.


Some of these difficulties are as follows:

  • Discrimination and judgment because of their sexual orientation
  • They are usually threatened, humiliated, ridiculed, and subjected to other emotional stress
  • Being rejected or shunned by loved ones after coming out
  • Losing their job or not advancing at work
  • Self-hatred

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Common Disorders Among The Lgbtq Community

An issue that may cause internal fights for members of the LGBTQ crew is that mostly, they are pushed to stay a "closeted" life. 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. Having to hide one's sexual orientation can be a heavy psychological burden that could result in the development of emotional or mental disorders and conditions.


The LGBTQ members may face some of these problems:

  • Serious depression
  • Anxiety disorder
  • Stress levels increases
  • Tending to self harm and attempts at suicide

Besides the societal difficulties they undergo, an LGBTQ person may be witnessing health or physical challenges connected 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

A majority of people who are LGBTQ have a co-occurring sexual or mental disorder that either drove them to a substance abuse problem or is fuelling the 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 LGBTQ individual.


Common Drugs Within The Lgbtq

Even though most of the drugs can be dependent, there are five that are ill-used more often in the LGBTQ group.

  • Tobacco
  • Tobacco use is about 200% higher in transgender and gay people than other people.
  • Alcohol
  • Moderate to severe alcohol addiction is present in 20 to 25 percent of gay and transgender individuals.
  • Marijuana
  • Heterosexual males are 3.5 times less likely to use Marijuana than members of LGBTQ community.
  • Amphetamines
  • Members of the LGBTQ group are 12.2 times with high chances to use Amphetamines.
  • Heroin
  • LGBTQ community members are likely to use Heroin 9.5 times more than straight people.

Lgbtq Treatment Centres

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.

However, there are many treatment programs that are able to deal with the seclusion that LGBTQ community members frequently feel and the long-lasting consequences of discrimination or leading a double life.

Problems that may happen simultaneously are usually identified by some rehab facilities specially designed for LGBTQs as a way of helping them break their addiction to permanently. Chances that a relapse might happen are much bigger if these underlying causes of substance abuse or addiction are not properly dealt with.


Find The Assistance You Need

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.

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