People identifying as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or questioning (LGBTQ) are twice as likely to develop a substance use disorder (SUD) than their cisgender, heterosexual peers. This population is much more stressed than others, facing discrimination, harassment, and violence. They are also at a greater risk of mental health challenges and suicide. Getting help in an LGBTQ addiction treatment program where they will feel safe, protected, seen, and understood is vital to beginning a meaningful recovery.
Because of the higher rates of alcohol and drug abuse in the LGBTQ community, making treatment available is a high priority. If you or someone you love identifies as LGBTQ and is struggling with addiction, reach out today to Apex Recovery Nashville to learn about our program for supporting recovery for those who struggle with addiction in the LGBTQ community. Call 615.703.4639 to reach someone from our caring and compassionate team.
Reasons for Alcohol and Drug Abuse in the LGBTQ Community
The vulnerability of the LGBTQ population cannot be overstated. They face obstacles just trying to navigate within society, facing challenges that others never have to. Some of these obstacles and challenges include the following:
- Discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity
- Hate crimes
- Social isolation
- Discriminatory laws
- Emotional and physical abuse
- Public threats or humiliation
- Career obstacles based on bigotry
- Lack of access to healthcare, e.g., gender-affirming care
This population is more likely to develop anxiety, depression, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). It thus more often will turn to drugs or alcohol to self-medicate, cope with high stress, and find a way to manage day-to-day. Of course, substance abuse in the LGBTQ community can easily lead to tolerance, dependence, and addiction.
Addiction Rehab for LGBTQ Individuals
Addressing the rising addiction rates in the LGBTQ community involves many factors, from destigmatizing to passing legislation that does not discriminate and educating people about the dangers of marginalizing a segment of society. Equally important is providing meaningful healthcare geared to this group of people, including professional addiction treatment.
One of the most critical factors in successful recovery is being able to open up and be vulnerable and honest with therapists, healthcare providers, and peers. LGBTQ individuals are not likely to feel safe in a setting where they are unsure of the reception they will get if they are sincere and open about themselves and their struggles. Accessing evidence-based treatments provided by compassionate and experienced professionals in an LGBTQ-safe setting is critical.
LGBTQ-specific rehab will include the teaching of skills to help individuals cope with the following:
- Bigotry, transphobia, or homophobia
- Family problems
Addressing co-occurring conditions such as anxiety, depression, and PTSD is central to effective treatment for alcohol and drug abuse in the LGBTQ community.
Find an LGBTQ Addiction Treatment Program in Tennessee at Apex Recovery Nashville
At Apex Recovery Nashville, our whole-person approach to addiction treatment is ideal for addressing substance abuse in the LGBTQ community. It is impossible to separate anyone with an SUD from who they are, their experiences, hopes, fears, and past traumas. This is perhaps doubly true among the LGBTQ community.
We seek to be a force for good in rehab and provide quality services with integrity, wisdom, excellence, and accountability. Our entire staff wants to mitigate the suffering of people everywhere who suffer from addiction, including the highly vulnerable LGBTQ community, which faces such challenges every day.
To learn how our evidence-based therapies, holistic treatments, and peer support opportunities can help you or a loved one, reach out today by calling 615.703.4639 or filling out this online form. Apex Recovery Nashville offers you compassion, safety, and respect in your recovery journey.