The LGBTQ community has rates of substance addiction and abuse that are worryingly higher than other parts of the population. Co-occurring disorders, discrimination and pressure from society are some of the possible triggers that push this group to drug use. The high rate of addiction amount the LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer) community is in part due to the challenges the members face. The possible causes of the dependence are considered by special rehab programs that are designed exclusively for them. This can be crucial for the rehabilitation process.
While only 9% of the people abuse drugs, about 20 to 30% of the LGBTQ does.
Problems The Lgbtq Community Faces
Other people do not depend on addictive substances like them.
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. Depression, anger, anxiety, and fear can all be numbed temporarily with these substances.
Some of what they face are:
Their sexual life exposes them to segregation and bullying
Hate crimes; emotional ill-use, warnings, public humiliation or ridicule
Desertion or dishonour from blood relations or friends when you come out
Disorders That Are Commonly Reoccurring Among The Lgbtq Community
These people sometimes cave in and lead a reclusive life, this may give them emotional instability. 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. Maintaining one's sexuality concealed is a very huge psychological toll that may cause to the growth of emotional or mental disorders or other conditions.
Some of the common emotional and psychological disorders in the LGBTQ community are:
Suicide attempts or self-harming
There may also be physical or medical issues related to their sexuality in addition to the societal problems they face. These may as well add to their dependence and they include:
Sex or HIV-related anxiety
Sexual assault or abuse
A majority of people who are LGBTQ have a co-occurring sexual or mental disorder that either drove them to a substance abuse problem or is fuelling the abuse. Emphasis should be on tackling any co-occurring problems when you are thinking about the best treatment alternative for a member of LGBTQ community in order to have the best possibility of long-lasting results in rehabilitation.
Commonly Used Substances Within Lgbtq Community
Even though most of the drugs can be dependent, there are five that are ill-used more often in the LGBTQ group.
When compared to those who identify as Heterosexual, the LGBTQ community uses tobacco up to 200 percent more.
Their addiction to alcohol is between average to serious in about 20 to 25% of the group.
Heterosexual men are 3.5 times less prone to marijuana than men who are gay.
Those who identify as LGBTQ are 12.2 times more likely to use Amphetamines.
Heroin use increases by 9.5 times n LGBTQ members than in heterosexuals.
Treatment Places For Lgbtq People
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.
LGBTQ specific rehabilitation centres can identify any additional mental health problems which will lead to a greater chance of recovery. 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 Help You Need
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 never be the odd one but belong to the greater percentage of users if you seek the assistance of rehab centres that cater to LGBTQs.
Get in touch with us on 0800 772 3971 if you or a loved one is trying to overcome addiction.