The LGBT Community And Addiction
People living in the LGBT 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 high rate of addiction amount the LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer) community is in part due to the challenges the members face. There are specific rehab centres catering to LGBT individuals and their needs as a community with an understanding of what aspects would push them to addiction. This is a critical component of the process of recovery.
While only 9% of the people abuse drugs, about 20 to 30% of the LGBT does.
Hardships Faced By The LGBT Community
Other people do not depend on addictive substances like them.
Those practicing man-woman relationship are not exposed to much criticism and discrimination as the LGBT people.
On many occasions, people who are LGBT get into alcohol or drugs as a way to self medicate from the challenges they face from society. 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 what they face are
- Discrimination and judgment because of their sexual orientation
- Hate crimes; emotional ill-use, warnings, public humiliation or ridicule
- Being rejected or shunned by loved ones after coming out
- There is the problem of inequality at work, loss of employment and not receive pay rises
- Internal homophobia or self hate
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Disorders That Are Commonly Reoccurring Among The LGBT Community
LGBT community members are frequently forced to live their lives hiding their true nature, which is a situation that might cause internal friction. That leads them to have double identities when it comes to their sexual orientation and to even hide their real sexuality from people because they are afraid of being rejected. Different health problems may arise from hiding one's sexual inclination.
Some emotional or psychological disorders in the LGBT community are
- Severe depression
- Generalized anxiety disorder
- Extreme stress levels
- They may inflict self-injury on themselves or kill themselves
Besides the societal difficulties they undergo, an LGBT person may be witnessing health or physical challenges connected to their sexuality. Their dependence on drugs may stem from these
- Sexual addiction
- Sexual dysfunction
- Sex or HIV-related anxiety
- Physical attacks and sexual abuse
A good number of individuals who identify as LGBT have a co-occurring psychological or sexual illness that either brings about drug ill-use issue or upholding this misuse. 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
The members of LGBT are addicted to these 5 drugs than others.
- Forms of tobacco
- When compared to those who identify as Heterosexual, the LGBT community uses tobacco up to 200 percent more.
- Within 20 and 25 percent of LGBT people have mild to high alcohol addiction.
- Heterosexual males are 3.5 times less likely to use Marijuana than members of LGBT community.
- LGBT individuals are 12.2 times more prone to Amphetamine abuse.
- 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.
The challenges that LGBT members face and the negative consequences of rejection are the main problems that some recovery centres are out to address.
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. Going back to the drug is possible if what triggers it are not addressed.
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The challenging situations that are responsible for the reliance as well as the number of LGBTs that are addicted to one substance or the order give people much to think about.
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 LGBT individuals in their fight against addiction.
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