LGBTQ+ and Addiction

Substance use disorders have a greater effect on LGBTQ+ people than on the heterosexual population. The LGBTQ+ community must overcome several obstacles, including being denied substance abuse treatment because of their sexual identity. However, through the proper understanding and accommodation of LGBTQ+ care principles, substance abuse treatment can be successful.
MMembers of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer community have rates of substance abuse higher than those in the general population.  Their daily battles with discrimination and stigma cause high levels of stress that may push them toward drug and alcohol use.
Substance Abuse Disorders: affect 20 to 30% of the LGBTQ+ population compared to 8.4 percent of the general population, according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.  These alarming numbers stress a need for more substance use recovery programs that cater to LGBTQ+ individuals. 

 

For more information, go to: https://www.drugrehab.com/guides/lgbtq/
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