The LGBTQ community has rates of substance addiction and abuse that are worryingly higher than other parts of the population. 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. There are special LGBTQ 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 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.
Problems The Lgbtq Community Faces
When compared to the general population it is obvious that LGBTQ community is susceptible to drug abuse at much higher levels.
This is partly due to several obstacles imposed by society that they face nearly on a day to day basis that are typically not faced by heterosexual individuals.
Often, LGBTQ people will avert to substances or alcohol as a method of self-medicating from the bias they witness in the everyday society. 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 what they face are:
Being stigmatized or discriminated against due to identifying as LGBTQ
Hate crimes; emotional ill-use, warnings, public humiliation or ridicule
After making their sexual orientation public, they are turned down by their loved ones
An issue that may cause internal fights for members of the LGBTQ crew is that mostly, they are pushed to stay a "closeted" life. 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. Different health problems may arise from hiding one's sexual inclination.
Some emotional or psychological disorders in the LGBTQ community are:
They tend to express unusual worries about everything around them
Extreme stress levels
Suicidal tendencies or self harm
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 also lead to addiction and can include:
Sex or HIV-related anxiety
Sexual assault or abuse
There may also be mental or sexual disorders co-occurring with people identifying as LGBTQ that can lead to or feed into this abuse. To successfully overcome an addiction, the first step is to identify whether the addict has some co-occurring health problems when planning a program that will help an LGBTQ overcome his addiction.
Common Drugs Within The Lgbtq
Though there are many different addictive substances, five happen to be the most common among LGBTQ community members.
When compared to those who identify as Heterosexual, the LGBTQ community uses tobacco up to 200 percent more.
Their addiction to alcohol is between average to serious in about 20 to 25% of the group.
Heterosexual men are 3.5 times less prone to marijuana than men who are gay.
Gay and heterosexual people use Amphetamines 12.2 more times compared to straight people.
LGBTQ community members are likely to use Heroin 9.5 times more than straight people.
Treatment Facilities For The Lgbtq Community
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.
The challenges that LGBTQ members face and the negative consequences of rejection are the main problems that some recovery centres are out to address.
Rehab facilities that specialize with LGBTQ treatment can identify co-occurring mental disorders and this contributes to a full and permanent recovery. There are greater chances of relapse where the underlying reason or condition that contributed to the person using are not addressed.
Find The Help You Need
The LGBTQ 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.
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 772 3971 if your or your family and friends have problems with abuse of drug.