People living in the LGBTQ have people who are living on drugs than somewhere else. Favouritism, societal pressures and co-occurring disorders are simply some of the probable inducers for substance ill-use in this generation. The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer or LGBTQ community are confronted by several challenges that contribute to a higher than usual addiction rate. LGBTQ specific healing bases are very sensitive to the requirements of that community and quickly tackle any basic issues that may have lead to dependence. This is an essential part of the recovery process.
While only 9% of the people abuse drugs, about 20 to 30% of the LGBTQ does.
Problems The Lgbtq Community Faces
The LGBTQ society has a higher rate of substance abuse when compared to the population in general.
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.
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 these challenges are:
Being stigmatized or discriminated against due to identifying as LGBTQ
They are usually threatened, humiliated, ridiculed, and subjected to other emotional stress
After coming out they have to deal with rejection and dishonour from their loved ones
Co Occurring Disorders That Are Common Among Lgbtq
Having to live a closet life is one aspect that often causes internal conflict for LGBTQ community members. 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. 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.
Some of the common emotional and psychological disorders in the LGBTQ community are:
They tend to express unusual worries about everything around them
Stress levels increases
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 as well add to their dependence and they include:
Compulsive sexual behaviour
Sex or HIV-related anxiety
Sexual assault or abuse
A good number of individuals who identify as LGBTQ have a co-occurring psychological or sexual illness that either brings about drug ill-use issue or upholding this misuse. 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.
Commonly Used Substances Within Lgbtq Community
Even though most of the drugs can be dependent, there are five that are ill-used more often in the LGBTQ group.
Forms of tobacco
Gay and Transgender people consume tobacco up to 200 percent greater than individuals who identify as straight.
A moderate to severe alcohol problems are present in 20-25 percent of the LGBTQ community.
Gay males are 3 and a half times more prone to Marijuana use when compared to straight males.
Gay and heterosexual people use Amphetamines 12.2 more times compared to straight people.
Heroin is abused 9.5 times more in LGBTQ community compared to straight individuals.
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.
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.
Recognizing any co-occurring mental health problems is in the focus of treatment facilities for LGBTQ individuals, which can raise the chances of recovery for a longer time. There are greater chances of relapse where the underlying reason or condition that contributed to the person using are not addressed.
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.
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 your or your family and friends have problems with abuse of drug.