Schedule: Monday - Sunday - 00:00 - 24:00

LGBTQ And Dependence

Dependency Within The Lgbtq Community


The LGBTQ community has rates of substance addiction and abuse that are worryingly higher than other parts of the population. Some probable triggers for addiction in this population are discrimination, pressure from society, and other disorders that might be present. Members of LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer) community come across several difficulties that have lead to a great rate of dependence. There are special LGBTQ treatment facilities that can deal with any hidden aspects that may have led to an addiction and are thoughtful to the particular requirements of this community. This is very implemental to the recovery program.


It is estimated that 20% to 30% of LGBTQ people are into substance abuse as compared to the general population average of 9%.


Challenges Faced By The Lgbtq 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 LGBTQ people.

Alcohol or drugs are often used as a way to self medicate for LGBTQ individuals due to the stigmatization and judgement the face in society every day. 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 these difficulties are as follows:

  • Favouritism or stigmatization established on sexual preference
  • They are usually threatened, humiliated, ridiculed, and subjected to other emotional stress
  • After making their sexual orientation public, they are turned down by their loved ones
  • Work-related discrimination
  • Internalized bias or self-hatred

Ready to Get Help?

CALL US NOW ON 0800 246 1509



Co Occurring Disorders In The Lgbtq Community

These people sometimes cave in and lead a reclusive life, this may give them emotional instability. 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. Psychological or emotional disorders and illness can come as a consequence of mental suffering that is a big part of hiding your true nature.


Some of the common emotional and psychological disorders in the LGBTQ community are:

  • Major depression
  • They tend to express unusual worries about everything around them
  • Great levels of stress
  • Suicidal tendencies or self harm

Besides the societal difficulties they undergo, an LGBTQ person may be witnessing health or physical challenges connected to their sexuality. They can also lead to an addiction and they are:

  • Uncontrollable sexual behaviour
  • Sexual disorder
  • Anxiety related to sex or HIV
  • Sexual misuse or attack

There may also be mental or sexual disorders co-occurring with people identifying as LGBTQ that can lead to or feed into this abuse. When looking at which healing alternative is the best for an LGBTQ person, there should be concentration on handling any co-occurring illness to enable for greatest opportunity affirmed sobriety when in recuperation.


Commonly Used Substances Within Lgbtq Community

There are five most commonly abused substances within the LGBTQ community, even though many other can be as addictive as these.

  • Tobacco
  • Transgender and gay people use different forms of tobacco, 200% more than heterosexual individuals.
  • Alcohol
  • Their addiction to alcohol is between average to serious in about 20 to 25% of the group.
  • Marijuana
  • Gay men use marijuana 3.5 times more than straight men.
  • Amphetamines
  • Members of the LGBTQ group are 12.2 times with high chances to use Amphetamines.
  • Heroin
  • Members of the LGBTQ community are 9 and a half times more prone to Heroin use when compared to heterosexual individuals.

Treatment Places For Lgbtq

One of the main reasons that LGBTQ members hesitate when it comes to seeking assistance is the lack of facilities that address their needs as individuals.

Luckily, there are several programs that provide support to the LGBTQ community by focusing on the isolation the may experience, the long term effects of living as a "closeted" person, or being discriminated against.

LGBTQ particular therapy bases assist check any co-occurring psychological health illnesses, which aids with long healing and recuperation. Chances that a relapse might happen are much bigger if these underlying causes of substance abuse or addiction are not properly dealt with.


Get The Assistance You Desire

There is a disturbing rate of addiction in the LGBTQ community along with a number of issues and hurdles that they are confronted with on a day to day basis that could lead to substance abuse and addiction.

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 LGBTQ individuals in their fight against addiction.

Whether you or an individual you truly adore is fighting with dependence, contact us on 0800 246 1509.