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

LGBTQ And Dependence

Addiction In The Lgbtq Community


The rate of addiction and drug abuse within the LGBTQ society is significantly higher when compared to other groups. The people here take to drug due to these possible causes: segregation, pressures from the society, and some other factors. The high rate of addiction amount the LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer) community is in part due to the challenges the members face. Treatment facilities that cater specifically to sensitive needs of the LGBTQ community work on any underlying issues that may contribute to the addiction. Breaking an addiction becomes easy with this.


An approximated 20 to 30 percent of the LGBTQ community ill-uses drugs, contrasted to around 9 percent of the overall population.


Challenges People In The Lgbtq Community Face

Other people do not depend on addictive substances like them.

Some reasons lay in the fact that, almost every day, members of this community deal with challenges in their surroundings and society that heterosexually oriented people don't have to go through.

On many occasions, people who are LGBTQ get into alcohol or drugs as a way to self medicate from the challenges they face from society. Drugs can assist for a while pose bad emotions that may be undergoing, like anxiety, depression, fear, or anger.


Some of these difficulties are as follows:

  • Stigmatization and discrimination due to their sexual orientation
  • They are usually threatened, humiliated, ridiculed, and subjected to other emotional stress
  • Shame and rejection from friends and family after coming out
  • Losing their job or not advancing at work
  • Self-hatred

Ready to Get Help?

CALL US NOW ON 0800 246 1509



Co Occurring Disorders That Are Common Among Lgbtq

These people sometimes cave in and lead a reclusive life, this may give them emotional instability. This is the place where they conceal their sexuality from others because of fear of abandonment, and lead a double life in connection to pretending on their sexual stand. Different health problems may arise from hiding one's sexual inclination.


The LGBTQ members may face some of these problems:

  • Serious depression
  • Generalized anxiety problems
  • Extreme stress levels
  • Suicide undertakings or self-destruction trends

The sexual lifestyle they choose is another problem that may affect them both bodily and otherwise, apart from the problems they face from their neighbours. These can also increase the risk for addiction and include:

  • Uncontrollable sexual behaviour
  • Sexual dysfunction
  • Sex or HIV-related anxiety
  • Sexual abuse or attack

Co-occurring psychological or sexual disorders are common among a lot of LGBTQ community members, which are either the cause of substance abuse or its continuation. When thinking about treatment options for people who identify as LGBTQ, there needs to be a focus on any co-occurring disorders so as to increase the chances of long term sobriety.


Lgbtq Community Drugs Of Choice

Even though most of the drugs can be dependent, there are five that are ill-used more often in the LGBTQ group.

  • Tobacco
  • Transgender and gay people use different forms of tobacco, 200% more than heterosexual individuals.
  • Alcohol
  • Moderate to severe alcohol addiction is present in 20 to 25 percent of gay and transgender individuals.
  • Marijuana
  • Heterosexual males are 3.5 times less likely to use Marijuana than members of LGBTQ community.
  • Amphetamines
  • LGBTQ individuals are 12.2 times more prone to Amphetamine abuse.
  • Heroin
  • LGBTQ community members are likely to use Heroin 9.5 times more than straight people.

Treatment Places For Lgbtq

Not enough resources that can deal with LGBTQ community members' specific requirements is one of the reasons these individuals might hesitate to ask for help.

Fortunately we have different treatment centres that are dedicated to the isolation that LGBTQ members deal with along with the effects of living a "closet" life or being victims of being discriminated.

LGBTQ specific rehabilitation centres can identify any additional mental health problems which will lead to a greater chance of recovery. Chances that a relapse might happen are much bigger if these underlying causes of substance abuse or addiction are not properly dealt with.


Acquire The Help You Need

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.

Get in touch with us on 0800 246 1509 if you or a loved one is trying to overcome addiction.