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Addiction In LGBTQ

The Lgbtq Community And Addiction


LGBTQ community has alarmingly higher numbers of substance abuse and addiction that any other group. There are many reasons for these statistics for substance abuse in this group, like discrimination and peer pressure for example. Members of LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer) community come across several difficulties that have lead to a great rate of dependence. The possible causes of the dependence are considered by special rehab programs that are designed exclusively for them. This is a critical component of the process of recovery.


While only 9% of the people abuse drugs, about 20 to 30% of the LGBTQ does.


Challenges Faced By The Lgbtq Community

Other people do not depend on addictive substances like them.

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

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:

  • Favouritism or stigmatization established on sexual preference
  • Hate crimes; emotional ill-use, warnings, public humiliation or ridicule
  • After coming out they have to deal with rejection and dishonour from their loved ones
  • Work-related discrimination
  • Internalized bias or self-hatred

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Common Disorders Among The Lgbtq Community

Having to live a closet life is one aspect that often causes internal conflict for LGBTQ community members. 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. 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.


Some emotional or psychological disorders in the LGBTQ community are:

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

Along with the societal issues they have to deal with, LGBTQ individuals could also physical and health issues that relate to their sexuality. These may as well add to their dependence and they include:

  • Compulsive sexual behaviour
  • Sexual dysfunction
  • Anxiety relating to HIV or sex
  • Sexual abuse or assault

Experiencing both mental and sexual problems that triggers drug abuse or complicates an addiction is common to LGBTQs. 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.


Drugs Chosen By The Lgbtq Community

There are five most commonly abused substances within the LGBTQ community, even though many other can be as addictive as these.

  • Forms of tobacco
  • Transgender and gay people use different forms of tobacco, 200% more than heterosexual individuals.
  • Alcohol
  • About 20% to 25% of LGBTQ 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
  • Members of the LGBTQ group are 12.2 times with high chances to use Amphetamines.
  • Heroin
  • LGBTQ people are 9.5 times with high chances to utilize heroin than straight people.

Treatment Places For Lgbtq People

One of the main reasons that LGBTQ members hesitate when it comes to seeking assistance is the lack of facilities that address their needs as individuals.

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.

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. There are greater chances of relapse where the underlying reason or condition that contributed to the person using are not addressed.


Acquire The Help You Need

The challenging situations that are responsible for the reliance as well as the number of LGBTQs that are addicted to one substance or the order give people much to think about.

Through getting in a rehab base that particularizes in LGBTQ dependence and treatment, you will feel like a section of the majority instead of the minority and be encircled by people that can offer help and advice.

Get in touch with us on 0800 246 1509 if you or a loved one is trying to overcome addiction.