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LGBTQ And Addiction

Dependency Within The Lgbtq Community


Levels of substance misuse and dependence in the LGBTQ community are extremely higher when compared to those of other squads. 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. Treatment facilities that cater specifically to sensitive needs of the LGBTQ community work on any underlying issues that may contribute to the 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 society has a higher rate of substance abuse when compared to the population in general.

This is partly due to several obstacles imposed by society that they face nearly on a day to day basis that are typically not faced by heterosexual individuals.

These challenges that has become part of their daily existence may move them to try drugs. Drugs can offer temporary reprieve from uncomfortable feelings such as fear, anger and depression.


Some of these obstacles are:

  • Their sexual life exposes them to segregation and bullying
  • 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
  • Losing jobs and not getting promoted at work
  • Internal homophobia or self hate

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Disorders That Are Commonly Reoccurring Among The Lgbtq Community

An issue that may cause internal fights for members of the LGBTQ 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 of the common emotional and psychological disorders in the LGBTQ community are:

  • Major depression
  • Anxiety disorder
  • Severe stress
  • Suicide attempts or self-harming

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. These can also increase the risk for addiction and include:

  • Compulsive sex
  • Sexual dysfunction
  • Sex or HIV-related anxiety
  • Sexual abuse or assault

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. 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

Of the many substances that can be abused, five are used most frequently in the LGBTQ community.

  • Tobacco
  • Transgender and gay people use different forms of tobacco, 200% more than heterosexual individuals.
  • Alcohol
  • Their addiction to alcohol is between average to serious in about 20 to 25% of the group.
  • Marijuana
  • Gay men are 3.5 times more probable to exploit Cannabis than heterosexual males.
  • Amphetamines
  • Gay and heterosexual people use Amphetamines 12.2 more times compared to straight people.
  • Heroin
  • 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

Not enough resources that can deal with LGBTQ community members' specific requirements is one of the reasons these individuals might hesitate to ask for help.

The challenges that LGBTQ members face and the negative consequences of rejection are the main problems that some recovery centres are out to address.

Rehab facilities that specialize with LGBTQ treatment can identify co-occurring mental disorders and this contributes to a full and permanent recovery. There is a far greater chance for relapse if these underlying issues are not addressed.


Get The Assistance You Desire

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.

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 LGBTQ individuals in their fight against addiction.

Please call us now on 0800 246 1509 if you or someone you love is struggling with substance abuse.