The LGBT Community And Dependency
People living in the LGBT have people who are living on drugs than somewhere else. The people here take to drug due to these possible causes segregation, pressures from the society, and some other factors. The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer or LGBT community are confronted by several challenges that contribute to a higher than usual addiction rate. There are special LGBT 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 very implemental to the recovery program.
It is estimated that 20% to 30% of LGBT people are into substance abuse as compared to the general population average of 9%.
Challenges Faced By The LGBT Community
The LGBT community is susceptible to addiction at a relatively high rate when compared to the general population.
Those who identify as heterosexual typically don't face the same societal obstacles as those who are LGBT.
LGBT 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 difficulties are as follows
- Being stigmatized or discriminated against due to identifying as LGBT
- 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
- Losing their job or not advancing at work
- Internalized bias or self-hatred
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Common Disorders Among The LGBT Community
Sometimes, members of the LGBT community feel forced to live their life "closeted," which causes significant internal conflict. This is the place where they conceal their sexuality from others because of fear of abandonment, and lead a double life in connection to pretending on their sexual stand. Different health problems may arise from hiding one's sexual inclination.
The usual mental or emotional disorders within the LGBT group include
- Serious depression
- Anxiety disorder
- Extreme stress levels
- Tending to self harm and attempts at suicide
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 may as well add to their dependence and they include
- Compulsive sex
- Sexual dysfunction
- Sex or HIV-related anxiety
- Physical attacks and sexual abuse
There may also be mental or sexual disorders co-occurring with people identifying as LGBT that can lead to or feed into this abuse. When thinking about treatment options for people who identify as LGBT, there needs to be a focus on any co-occurring disorders so as to increase the chances of long term sobriety.
LGBT Community Drugs Of Choice
Of the many substances that can be abused, five are used most frequently in the LGBT community.
- Tobacco use is about 200% higher in transgender and gay people than other people.
- Their addiction to alcohol is between average to serious in about 20 to 25% of the group.
- Gay men are 3.5 times more probable to exploit Cannabis than heterosexual males.
- Those who identify as LGBT are 12.2 times more likely to use Amphetamines.
- LGBT people are 9.5 times with high chances to utilize heroin than straight people.
Treatment Places For LGBT
There is a lack of specific resources available to help LGBT individuals meet their specific needs, which is one reason why they may not seek treatment.
The challenges that LGBT members face and the negative consequences of rejection are the main problems that some recovery centres are out to address.
Recognizing any co-occurring mental health problems is in the focus of treatment facilities for LGBT individuals, which can raise the chances of recovery for a longer time. By not tackling the basic reason to utilize or any other situations that may be causing a dependence, there is a really huge opportunity for backsliding.
Find The Assistance You Need
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 checking into a rehabilitation facility that specializes in working with LGBT 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 246 1509 if your or your family and friends have problems with abuse of drug.