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LGBTQ Drug Rehab+ and Addiction

Causes, Resources & Treatment

Substance use disorders have a greater effect on LGBTQ Drug Rehab+ 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.

Members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer community have rates of substance abuse higher than those of 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 use disorders affect 20 to 30 percent 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.



A 2014 Australian study published in the Drug and Alcohol Review revealed that 57 percent of the 161 LGBTQ+ youths surveyed had reported recent use of an illegal substance, and 30 percent admitted to using two or more illicit substances. The study also found that the LGBTQ+ youths used stimulants, prescription medications, LSD and opiates.

SAMHSA reported that gay men have a higher incidence of substance use than the general population. According to a National Survey on Drug Use and Health, common substances gay men use are:

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Similarly, substance abuse has been a longstanding concern among the transgender community. According to SAMHSA, some of the most common drugs used by transgender people include marijuana, crack cocaine, methamphetamine and injection drugs.

Alcohol use is ever-present in the lives of many LGBTQ+ individuals because of its prevalence in the social settings they frequent. The 2014 Australian study found that 84 percent of LGBTQ+ youths surveyed consumed alcohol, and 85 percent were candidates for hazardous alcohol use according to criteria from the AUDIT-C alcohol screening test.

According to a Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration report, LGBTQ+ people are less likely to abstain from drugs and alcohol and are more likely to indulge in long-term heavy drinking.

Binge drinking is prevalent among the bisexual community, with 22.6 percent of bisexuals being binge drinkers compared to 14.3 percent of heterosexuals. Numerous studies found that lesbians were more likely to drink heavily than their heterosexual counterparts, according to SAMHSA. The report also noted that bisexual women report more hazardous drinking than lesbians or heterosexual women.

Several studies revealed that gay men used tobacco nearly 50 percent more than straight men. Similarly, studies have reported that lesbians were 1.5 to 2 times more likely to smoke than heterosexual women.


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