The LGBT Community And Addiction
The rate of addiction and drug abuse within the LGBT society is significantly higher when compared to other groups. Favouritism, societal pressures and co-occurring disorders are simply some of the probable inducers for substance ill-use in this generation. Members of LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer) community come across several difficulties that have lead to a great rate of dependence. 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. This is very implemental to the recovery program.
It is estimated that 20% to 30% of LGBT people are into substance abuse as compared to the general population average of 9%.
Challenges People In The LGBT Community Face
When compared to the general population it is obvious that LGBT 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.
On many occasions, people who are LGBT get into alcohol or drugs as a way to self medicate from the challenges they face from society. They sometimes feel depressed, angry or apprehensive which is why they turn to drugs to alleviate their emotional pains.
Some of these obstacles are
- Stigmatization and discrimination due to their sexual orientation
- Ridicule, emotional abuse, public humiliation and other forms of hate crimes
- After coming out they have to deal with rejection and dishonour from their loved ones
- There is the problem of inequality at work, loss of employment and not receive pay rises
- Self-hatred or internalized homophobia
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Common Disorders Among The LGBT Community
An issue that may cause internal fights for members of the LGBT crew is that mostly, they are pushed to stay a "closeted" life. That leads them to have double identities when it comes to their sexual orientation and to even hide their real sexuality from people because they are afraid of being rejected. 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
- Severe depression
- Generalized anxiety problems
- Elevated stress
- Suicidal tendencies or self harm
LGBT 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. These may as well add to their dependence and they include
- Sexual addiction
- Sexual dysfunction
- Sex or HIV-related 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. When thinking about treatment options for people who identify as LGBT, there needs to be a focus on any co-occurring disorders so as to increase the chances of long term sobriety.
LGBT Community Drugs Of Choice
Of the many substances that can be abused, five are used most frequently in the LGBT community.
- Forms of tobacco
- Tobacco use is about 200% higher in transgender and gay people than other people.
- 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.
- LGBT individuals are 12.2 times more prone to Amphetamine abuse.
- Heroin use increases by 9.5 times n LGBT members than in heterosexuals.
Treatment Facilities For The LGBT Community
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. By not tackling the basic reason to utilize or any other situations that may be causing a dependence, there is a really huge opportunity for backsliding.
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Many everyday problems and challenges LGBT community members face that can lead to a substance abuse problem and addiction rates in that community are alarming.
You will be in the company of people that can offer you support and motivation and you will feel that you belong if you go to a treatment facility that offers rehab and care to LGBT individuals in their fight against addiction.
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