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A growing body of evidence tells us that members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) community are at increased risk for substance abuse and addiction. There’s good news, however. Research also indicates that early interventions can be an invaluable preventative measure. Here’s a closer look at the phenomenon, along with how parents…

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The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) conducted research investigating the link between sexual orientation, substance abuse, and mental health as part of its annual National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) for the first time in 2015. The findings? “Sexual minorities were more likely than their sexual majority counterparts to have…

LGBT addiction

Addiction is a struggle for anyone. Factor in the reality of co-occurring disorders (COD) and the challenges grow. While co-occurring mental illness is common among all addicts, it’s especially prevalent in the LGBT community. Here’s a closer look at the phenomenon, along with how finding a qualified addiction treatment program can make all the difference….

Substance abuse disorder

While HIV is no longer viewed as a life sentence due to advancements in prevention and treatment, it remains a major public health crisis in the US — especially among segments of the LGBTQ community, according to the Human Rights Campaign. Unfortunately, some of the factors that make LGBTQ people vulnerable to HIV also make…

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LGBT adults are more than twice as likely to report using drugs in the past year as their heterosexual counterparts, according to the Center on Addiction. They’re also more likely to binge drink, smoke cigarettes, and to report having had drug and alcohol problems. All of this begs the question: Why do members of the…

Research indicates that members of the LGBT community have disproportionately high rates of substance abuse. In fact, a full 25 percent of gay and transgender people abuse alcohol, compared to just five to 10 percent of the total population. And while group meetings offer the same important benefits to LGBT individuals as they do to…

Just under 40 percent of America’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender adults say they’ve been rejected by family members or close friends at some point in their lives due to their sexual orientation or gender identity, according to data from the Pew Research Center. Unfortunately, this rejection can have serious implications leading to complications including…

Attitudes toward gays and lesbians are changing for the better, according to the Center for Global Development; however, “coming out” is still accompanied by a host of challenges for many people. For members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community struggling with substance abuse, these issues are often amplified. Here is a closer look at the…

Research conclusively indicates that LGBT community members are at an increased risk for substance abuse and mental health issues. Unfortunately, they may also face more obstacles when it comes to getting treatment. One factor, in particular, that can stand in the way of LGBT addicts and recovery is money. Here’s a closer look at the reasons…

Finding the right substance abuse treatment program is a priority for people of all ages and situations. However, the issue can be even more paramount for people from marginalized communities. One group requiring particular attention when it comes to substance abuse treatment is LGBT individuals. Here is a closer look at why members of the…