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Addiction In LGBTQ

The Lgbtq Community And Addiction


The rate of addiction and drug abuse within the LGBTQ society is significantly higher when compared to other groups. Some probable triggers for addiction in this population are discrimination, pressure from society, and other disorders that might be present. 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.


An approximated 20 to 30 percent of the LGBTQ community ill-uses drugs, contrasted to around 9 percent of the overall population.


Hardships Faced By The Lgbtq Community

When compared to the general population it is obvious that LGBTQ community is susceptible to drug abuse at much higher levels.

Some reasons lay in the fact that, almost every day, members of this community deal with challenges in their surroundings and society that heterosexually oriented people don't have to go through.

Often, LGBTQ people will avert to substances or alcohol as a method of self-medicating from the bias they witness in the everyday society. They sometimes feel depressed, angry or apprehensive which is why they turn to drugs to alleviate their emotional pains.


Some of those challenges are:

  • Favouritism or stigmatization established on sexual preference
  • Ridicule, emotional abuse, public humiliation and other forms of hate crimes
  • Shame and rejection from friends and family after coming out
  • Loss of job or not receiving appraisals
  • Internal homophobia or self hate

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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. They often lead a double life in regards to their sexual orientation as they hide their sexuality for fear of judgement. Maintaining one's sexuality concealed is a very huge psychological toll that may cause to the growth of emotional or mental disorders or other conditions.


Some emotional or psychological disorders in the LGBTQ community are:

  • Severe depression
  • Generalized anxiety problems
  • Severe stress
  • They may inflict self-injury on themselves or kill themselves

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. They can also lead to an addiction and they are:

  • Compulsive sexual activity
  • Sexual dysfunction
  • Fear of HIV or sex
  • Sexual abuse or assault

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. 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.

  • Tobacco
  • Tobacco use among LGBTQ community members is up to 200 higher than with straight individuals.
  • 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.

Treatment Facilities For The Lgbtq Community

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.

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. Chances that a relapse might happen are much bigger if these underlying causes of substance abuse or addiction are not properly dealt with.


Get The Assistance You Desire

The rate of addiction in the LGBTQ community is worrying, as are the daily challenges this community faces that could contribute to the abuse.

You will never be the odd one but belong to the greater percentage of users if you seek the assistance of rehab centres that cater to LGBTQs.

0800 246 1509 please call us today if you or a person you care for is having an addiction problem.