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. LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer) community and its members have a high number of addictions because of the many challenges they are dealing with. There are specific rehab centres catering to LGBTQ individuals and their needs as a community with an understanding of what aspects would push them to addiction. This can be crucial for the rehabilitation process.
It is estimated that 20% to 30% of LGBTQ people are into substance abuse as compared to the general population average of 9%.
Challenges Faced By The Lgbtq Community
The LGBTQ community is susceptible to addiction at a relatively high rate when compared to the general population.
This is as a result of many societal inflicted challenges they encounter, oftentimes on a daily routine, that people who establish as straight usually don't.
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 those challenges are:
Being stigmatized or discriminated against due to identifying as LGBTQ
Hate crimes; emotional ill-use, warnings, public humiliation or ridicule
Shame and rejection from friends and family after coming out
There is the problem of inequality at work, loss of employment and not receive pay rises
These people sometimes cave in and lead a reclusive life, this may give them emotional instability. 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.
The usual mental or emotional disorders within the LGBTQ group include:
Generalized anxiety problems
Tending to self harm and attempts at suicide
The sexual lifestyle they choose is another problem that may affect them both bodily and otherwise, apart from the problems they face from their neighbours. They can also lead to an addiction and they are:
Sex or HIV-related anxiety
Sexual abuse or assault
Co-occurring psychological or sexual disorders are common among a lot of LGBTQ community members, which are either the cause of substance abuse or its continuation. When thinking about treatment options for people who identify as LGBTQ, there needs to be a focus on any co-occurring disorders so as to increase the chances of long term sobriety.
Substances Of Choice Among The Lgbtq Community
Though there are many different addictive substances, five happen to be the most common among LGBTQ community members.
Tobacco use among LGBTQ community members is up to 200 higher than with straight individuals.
About 20% to 25% of LGBTQ individuals are reported to be between moderately to severely dependent on alcohol.
Gay men use marijuana 3.5 times more than straight men.
The likelihood that they will use Amphetamines multiplies 12.2 times.
Heroin is abused 9.5 times more in LGBTQ community compared to straight individuals.
Treatment Places For Lgbtq People
A key reason why LGBTQ individuals are resistant to acquire assistance is due to lack of resources present to them that take care of their personal requirements.
Fortunately we have different treatment centres that are dedicated to the isolation that LGBTQ members deal with along with the effects of living a "closet" life or being victims of being discriminated.
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.
Obtain The Support You Require
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 checking into a rehabilitation facility that specializes in working with LGBTQ 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.