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LGBTQ And Dependence

Addiction In The Lgbtq Community


The rate of addiction and drug abuse within the LGBTQ society is significantly higher when compared to other groups. The people here take to drug due to these possible causes: segregation, pressures from the society, and some other factors. LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer) community and its members have a high number of addictions because of the many challenges they are dealing with. There are specific rehab centres catering to LGBTQ individuals and their needs as a community with an understanding of what aspects would push them to addiction. Breaking an addiction becomes easy with this.


While only 9% of the people abuse drugs, about 20 to 30% of the LGBTQ does.


Hardships Faced By The Lgbtq Community

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.

On many occasions, people who are LGBTQ get into alcohol or drugs as a way to self medicate from the challenges they face from society. Depression, anger, anxiety, and fear can all be numbed temporarily with these substances.


Some of these obstacles are:

  • Favouritism or stigmatization established on sexual preference
  • 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 their job or not advancing at work
  • Self-hatred

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Typical Reoccurring Disorders Among Lgbtq Community

These people sometimes cave in and lead a reclusive life, this may give them emotional instability. They lead a life of pretence in order to prevent the negative response they will receive from people. 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:

  • Serious depression
  • They tend to express unusual worries about everything around them
  • Stress levels increases
  • Tending to self harm and attempts at suicide

Along with the societal issues they have to deal with, LGBTQ individuals could also physical and health issues that relate to their sexuality. Their dependence on drugs may stem from these:

  • Compulsive sex
  • Sexual dysfunction
  • Sex or HIV-related anxiety
  • Sexual misuse or attack

Co-occurring psychological or sexual disorders are common among a lot of LGBTQ community members, which are either the cause of substance abuse or its continuation. 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

There are five most commonly abused substances within the LGBTQ community, even though many other can be as addictive as these.

  • Forms of tobacco
  • When compared to those who identify as Heterosexual, the LGBTQ community uses tobacco up to 200 percent more.
  • Alcohol
  • Their addiction to alcohol is between average to serious in about 20 to 25% of the group.
  • Marijuana
  • Gay males are 3 and a half times more prone to Marijuana use when compared to straight males.
  • Amphetamines
  • LGBTQ individuals are 12.2 times more prone to Amphetamine abuse.
  • Heroin
  • Heroin is abused 9.5 times more in LGBTQ community compared to straight individuals.

Treatment Places For Lgbtq People

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.

However, there are many treatment programs that are able to deal with the seclusion that LGBTQ community members frequently feel and the long-lasting consequences of discrimination or leading a double life.

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.


Get The Assistance You Desire

The challenging situations that are responsible for the reliance as well as the number of LGBTQs that are addicted to one substance or the order give people much to think about.

By entering an LGBTQ specific facility, you will be in the majority instead of the minority, surrounded by people who can provide understanding and support.

Whether you or an individual you truly adore is fighting with dependence, contact us on 0800 246 1509.