People living in the LGBTQ have people who are living on drugs than somewhere else. Co-occurring disorders, discrimination and pressure from society are some of the possible triggers that push this group to drug use. 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 a critical component of the process of recovery.
While 9 percent of the general population suffers from substance abuse, it's estimated that it affects between 20-30 percent of the LGBTQ community.
Challenges Faced By The Lgbtq Community
Other people do not depend on addictive substances like them.
Those who identify as heterosexual typically don't face the same societal obstacles as those who are LGBTQ.
On many occasions, people who are LGBTQ get into alcohol or drugs as a way to self medicate from the challenges they face from society. Drugs can offer temporary reprieve from uncomfortable feelings such as fear, anger and depression.
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
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. They often lead a double life in regards to their sexual orientation as they hide their sexuality for fear of judgement. Mental and emotional conditions can develop from keeping one's sexuality hidden as it takes a huge psychological toll.
The usual mental or emotional disorders within the LGBTQ group include:
They tend to express unusual worries about everything around them
Stress levels increases
Suicide attempts or self-harming
There may also be physical or medical issues related to their sexuality in addition to the societal problems they face. These may as well add to their dependence and they include:
Uncontrollable sexual behaviour
Fear of 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.
Common Drugs Within The Lgbtq
The members of LGBTQ are addicted to these 5 drugs than others.
Forms of tobacco
Transgender and gay people use different forms of tobacco, 200% more than heterosexual individuals.
Within 20 and 25 percent of LGBTQ people have mild to high alcohol addiction.
Gay men are 3.5 times more probable to exploit Cannabis than heterosexual males.
Those who identify as LGBTQ are 12.2 times more likely to use Amphetamines.
Members of the LGBTQ community are 9 and a half times more prone to Heroin use when compared to heterosexual individuals.
Treatment Places For Lgbtq People
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.
The challenges that LGBTQ members face and the negative consequences of rejection are the main problems that some recovery centres are out to address.
LGBTQ specific rehabilitation centres can identify any additional mental health problems which will lead to a greater chance of recovery. Chances that a relapse might happen are much bigger if these underlying causes of substance abuse or addiction are not properly dealt with.
Find The Assistance You Need
The rate of addiction in the LGBTQ community is worrying, as are the daily challenges this community faces that could contribute to the abuse.
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 772 3971 if you or a loved one is trying to overcome addiction.