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LGBTQ And Dependence

Dependency Within The Lgbtq Community


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. Treatment facilities that cater specifically to sensitive needs of the LGBTQ community work on any underlying issues that may contribute to the addiction. Breaking an addiction becomes easy with this.


It is estimated that 20% to 30% of LGBTQ people are into substance abuse as compared to the general population average of 9%.


Problems The Lgbtq Community Faces

The LGBTQ community is susceptible to addiction at a relatively high rate when compared to the general population.

Those practicing man-woman relationship are not exposed to much criticism and discrimination as the LGBTQ people.

Alcohol or drugs are often used as a way to self medicate for LGBTQ individuals due to the stigmatization and judgement the face in society every day. They sometimes feel depressed, angry or apprehensive which is why they turn to drugs to alleviate their emotional pains.


Some of what they face are:

  • Being stigmatized or discriminated against due to identifying as LGBTQ
  • Public embarrassment, threats, scorn, or more severe 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
  • They develop strong lack of affection for themselves

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Typical Reoccurring Disorders Among Lgbtq Community

Having to live a closet life is one aspect that often causes internal conflict for LGBTQ community members. They often lead a double life in regards to their sexual orientation as they hide their sexuality for fear of judgement. Different health problems may arise from hiding one's sexual inclination.


The usual mental or emotional disorders within the LGBTQ group include:

  • Dejection
  • Generalized anxiety disorder
  • Stress levels increases
  • Suicide attempts or self-harming

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

  • Compulsive sex
  • Sexual dysfunction
  • Sex or HIV-associated anxiety
  • 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.


Lgbtq Community Drugs Of Choice

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

  • Tobacco
  • When compared to those who identify as Heterosexual, the LGBTQ community uses tobacco up to 200 percent more.
  • Alcohol
  • About 20% to 25% of LGBTQ individuals are reported to be between moderately to severely dependent on alcohol.
  • Marijuana
  • Heterosexual males are 3.5 times less likely to use Marijuana than members of LGBTQ community.
  • Amphetamines
  • Those who identify as LGBTQ are 12.2 times more likely to use Amphetamines.
  • Heroin
  • LGBTQ people are 9.5 times with high chances to utilize heroin than straight people.

Lgbtq Treatment Centres

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.

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.

Rehab facilities that specialize with LGBTQ treatment can identify co-occurring mental disorders and this contributes to a full and permanent recovery. Going back to the drug is possible if what triggers it are not addressed.


Find The Help You Need

Many everyday problems and challenges LGBTQ 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 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.