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The addiction rate among those in the LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer) community, is higher than that of the general populace, with roughly 20 to 30 percent of the LGBTQ populace abusing substances such as alcohol or narcotics. There is help specifically tailored for those in the LGBTQ community, to receive the guidance and help they need to overcome their addiction.
The high rate of addiction among members of the LGBTQ community is easier to understand when you realize just how much stress and discrimination they have to face. This often includes violent harassment and hate crimes they are subjected to, and emotional abuse and ostracization they receive from family members. Upon feeling rejected, those in the LGBTQ community will turn to drugs as a way to cope, leading to eventual addiction.
Shame and frustration about their sexual orientation can manifest itself in other ways that lead to addiction. Many psychological and mood disorders develop as a result of this, such as:
When these issues arise, the person suffering will often try to self-medicate through substances, in order to make themselves feel better. However, this backfires and leads to addiction and feeling even worse than they did before. If one is to receive treatment for their addiction, they should choose an option that also deals with any psychological disorders they also happen to be dealing with.
There are treatment centers with options specifically for LGBTQ people. These programs are specially designed to help LGBTQ people not only overcome their addiction but also get to the heart of the reason why they became addicted, to help prevent any risk of relapse.
Through these programs, dedicated professionals work with patients to help ensure they will be supported through their journey by people who care. Call us today if you or a loved one is struggling with addiction.
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