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The LGBT Community And Addiction


LGBT community has alarmingly higher numbers of substance abuse and addiction that any other group. The people here take to drug due to these possible causes segregation, pressures from the society, and some other factors. The high rate of addiction amount the LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer) community is in part due to the challenges the members face. 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. Breaking an addiction becomes easy with this.


Around 9 percent of the general population has substance abuse troubles, while this number in LGBT community goes as high as 20 or 30 percent.


Challenges Faced By The LGBT Community

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.

These challenges that has become part of their daily existence may move them to try drugs. 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

  • Being stigmatized or discriminated against due to identifying as LGBT
  • Public embarrassment, threats, scorn, or more severe hate crimes
  • After making their sexual orientation public, they are turned down by their loved ones
  • There is the problem of inequality at work, loss of employment and not receive pay rises
  • Internalized bias or 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. Psychological or emotional disorders and illness can come as a consequence of mental suffering that is a big part of hiding your true nature.


Some emotional or psychological disorders in the LGBT community are

  • Major depression
  • Generalized anxiety disorder
  • Elevated stress
  • Tending to self harm and attempts at suicide

Along with the societal issues they have to deal with, LGBT individuals could also physical and health issues that relate to their sexuality. They can also lead to an addiction and they are

  • Sexual addiction
  • Sexual dysfunction
  • Sex or HIV-associated anxiety
  • Physical attacks and sexual abuse

A majority of people who are LGBT 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 LGBT individual.


Common Drugs Within The LGBT

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

  • Tobacco
  • Transgender and gay people use different forms of tobacco, 200% more than heterosexual individuals.
  • Alcohol
  • About 20% to 25% of LGBT individuals are reported to be between moderately to severely dependent on alcohol.
  • Marijuana
  • Gay men use marijuana 3.5 times more than straight men.
  • Amphetamines
  • Gay and heterosexual people use Amphetamines 12.2 more times compared to straight people.
  • Heroin
  • Heroin use increases by 9.5 times n LGBT members than in heterosexuals.

LGBT Treatment Centres

Since their case is unique and they don't have the right tools to help them out, most of them prefer not to seek any assistance.

The challenges that LGBT members face and the negative consequences of rejection are the main problems that some recovery centres are out to address.

Problems that may happen simultaneously are usually identified by some rehab facilities specially designed for LGBTs as a way of helping them break their addiction to permanently. Going back to the drug is possible if what triggers it are not addressed.


Find The Help You Need

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.

By checking into a rehabilitation facility that specializes in working with LGBT community addicts, you will be in a place where you are one of the majority and also have encouragement and support from those who are around.

Get in touch with us on 0800 772 3971 if you or a loved one is trying to overcome addiction.