Addiction Treatment in the LGBTQ+ Community

A Look Into the Trends and Culture of Addiction in the LGBTQ+ Community

The culture of drug abuse and addiction is different among the LGBTQ+ community. Trends and attitudes differ significantly from the rest of the population. An estimated 20 to 30% of the LGBTQ community abuses substances, compared to about 9% of the U.S. population as a whole.[1]

Gay and bisexual men and lesbian and bisexual women report greater odds of frequent mental distress and depression than their heterosexual counterparts. Transgender children and adolescents have higher levels of depression, suicidality, self-harm, and eating disorders than their non-transgender counterparts.[2] Co-occurring disorders are important to consider when aiming for sustainable recovery.

Understanding the role the environment and experiences play on the LGBTQ+ community is imperative to healing. Stressors – such as discrimination and violence – result in increased risk of behavioral issues.[3]

Therefore, it’s not surprising that people in the LGBTQ+ community need specialized considerations when it comes to reaching recovery. Studies show that specialized addiction treatment programs for gay and bisexual men showed better outcomes for those clients without non-specialized programs.[4] Livengrin offers counseling for LGBTQ+ patients and allies to approach recovery in a way that accounts for the unique experiences of the community. For more information, visit  https://livengrin.org/get-involved/calendar/ 

 

 

 

[1] https://www.addictioncenter.com/addiction/lgbtq/

[2] https://nida.nih.gov/drug-topics/substance-use-suds-in-lgbtq-populations

[3] https://www.samhsa.gov/data/sites/default/files/NSDUH-SexualOrientation-2015/NSDUH-SexualOrientation-2015/NSDUH-SexualOrientation-2015.htm.

[4] https://nida.nih.gov/drug-topics/substance-use-suds-in-lgbtq-populations

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