The LGBT Community And Addiction
LGBT community has alarmingly higher numbers of substance abuse and addiction that any other group. Co-occurring disorders, discrimination and pressure from society are some of the possible triggers that push this group to drug use. Many problems have led to the dependence by the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer, known as LGBT The possible causes of the dependence are considered by special rehab programs that are designed exclusively for them. This is an essential part of the recovery process.
Around 9 percent of the general population has substance abuse troubles, while this number in LGBT community goes as high as 20 or 30 percent.
Difficulties The LGBT Unit Comes Across
The LGBT society has a higher rate of substance abuse when compared to the population in general.
Those practicing man-woman relationship are not exposed to much criticism and discrimination as the LGBT people.
Often, LGBT people will avert to substances or alcohol as a method of self-medicating from the bias they witness in the everyday society. Drugs can assist for a while pose bad emotions that may be undergoing, like anxiety, depression, fear, or anger.
Some of these difficulties are as follows
- Favouritism or stigmatization established on sexual preference
- Emotional abuse, threats, public mockery and embarrassment, and even 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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Typical Reoccurring Disorders Among 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. This means that they have to keep their sexual orientation secret due to fear of being rejected and hence need to live a double life when it comes to their sexuality. Psychological or emotional disorders and illness can come as a consequence of mental suffering that is a big part of hiding your true nature.
The LGBT members may face some of these problems
- Severe depression
- They tend to express unusual worries about everything around them
- Severe stress
- They may inflict self-injury on themselves or kill themselves
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
- Sexual addiction
- Sexual dysfunction
- Sex or HIV-associated anxiety
- Sexual misuse or attack
There may also be mental or sexual disorders co-occurring with people identifying as LGBT that can lead to or feed into this abuse. Emphasis should be on tackling any co-occurring problems when you are thinking about the best treatment alternative for a member of LGBT community in order to have the best possibility of long-lasting results in rehabilitation.
LGBT Community Drugs Of Choice
Though there are many different addictive substances, five happen to be the most common among LGBT community members.
- Transgender and gay people use different forms of tobacco, 200% more than heterosexual individuals.
- About 20% to 25% of LGBT individuals are reported to be between moderately to severely dependent on alcohol.
- Heterosexual men are 3.5 times less prone to marijuana than men who are gay.
- The likelihood that they will use Amphetamines multiplies 12.2 times.
- LGBT people are 9.5 times with high chances to utilize heroin than straight people.
Treatment Places For LGBT
Not enough resources that can deal with LGBT community members' specific requirements is one of the reasons these individuals might hesitate to ask for help.
Luckily, there are several programs that provide support to the LGBT community by focusing on the isolation the may experience, the long term effects of living as a "closeted" person, or being discriminated against.
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. There is a far greater chance for relapse if these underlying issues are not addressed.
Obtain The Support You Require
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.
By entering an LGBT specific facility, you will be in the majority instead of the minority, surrounded by people who can provide understanding and support.
Get in touch with us on 0800 246 1509 if you or a loved one is trying to overcome addiction.