Internalized homophobia

Highlights: Some LGBTQ people with internalized homophobia have negative feelings about their sexuality.  Internalized homophobia can lead to suicidality in older populations in cultures that are less accepting of LGBTQ people.  Suicidality because of internalized homophobia is something that substance abuse treatment professionals need to take into account when treating LGBTQ individuals. What Is Internalized…

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Members of the LGBTQ community face much higher rates of substance misuse and disorder than heterosexual individuals. While this fact is bad enough on its own, it’s compounded by the fact that they’re also at increased risk for minority-based mistreatment including discrimination and victimization, according to “Meeting the Needs of Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual Clients…

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It’s widely known that the LGBTQ population is especially vulnerable to drug use, misuse, and addiction. However, the specifics change from year to year. The more we understand this phenomenon, the better positioned we are to reverse it. Enter the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) National Survey on Drug Use and Health:…

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Approximately 128 people in the United States die every day as a result of overdosing on opioids, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). Compounding the problem? That contaminated injection drug equipment remains the primary driver of the world’s HIV/AIDS epidemic. In other words, people who inject drugs and share needles are not…

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People struggling with substance use disorder are on a challenging journey. However, for members of the LGBTQ community, the journey can be especially challenging given the unique obstacles they face. If you or a loved one has already accepted the fact that there is a problem for which treatment is required, then you have already…

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Category: LGBT addiction recovery

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A recent study published in the Journal of School Health reveals troubling findings: transgender adolescents are 2.5 times more likely than their non-transgender peers to use cocaine and methamphetamines in their lifetimes. They’re also twice as likely to report the misuse of prescription pain medication. If you are transgender or if you care for someone who is…

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Approximately 30 percent of the LGBT community — compared to just nine percent of the general population — suffers from some form of addiction, according to a report shared by the Association for Addiction Professionals (NAADAC). In addition to alcohol and substance addiction, this also includes process addictions. Here’s a closer look at process addictions…

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Adults defined as “sexual minority,” e.g., LGBTQ individuals, are more than twice as likely as their heterosexual counterparts to use illicit drugs. They’re also more vulnerable to substance misuse and more severe substance use disorders and addiction than their heterosexual counterparts. Here’s a closer look at 10 common substances used and abused by LGBTQ individuals,…

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A holistic approach to substance abuse treatment considers the many factors that lead to both addiction and recovery. It also acknowledges the importance of targeted treatment. Not all addicts are the same; nor should all treatment plans be the same. LGBTQ addicts face unique challenges on the recovery journey. One critical area of consideration? Sexual…

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LGBTQ community members face higher rates of substance abuse and mental health issues than their heterosexual and cisgender counterparts. While treatment can be the key to overcoming these challenges, it’s important to note that all treatment approaches aren’t created equal, especially when addressing the unique concerns of LGBTQ individuals. This also applies to interventions. Here’s…

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