The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that members of the LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer) population are more likely to use alcohol and drugs. They also have a higher rate of substance abuse, and a higher risk of heavy drinking later in life. The CDC states that gay and bisexual men who report having experienced violence, homophobia, or discrimination resulting from their sexual orientation may turn to alcohol and drugs as a way to cope, making addiction a real risk.
Young LGBTQ Society and Addiction
Youth who are questioning their sexual orientation are at risk of turning to drugs or alcohol to help ease their anxiety about reaction from family and friends if they come out. While society has come a long way in acceptance of the LGBTQ community, there is still the danger of homophobic backlash from strangers, as well as shunning from loved ones who are needed as a support system. LGBTQ youth are also at an elevated risk of developing co-occurring mental health issues, such as depression, anxiety, self-harm, and eating disorders. The Trevor Project reports that this group contemplates suicide at almost three times the rate as heterosexual youth.
Addiction Programs for LGBTQ
Recent studies show a deficit in alcoholism and addiction treatment plans that feature programs specialized for the LGBTQ community. It is imperative that this at-risk group is able to access residential treatment that is accepting of them. If you or someone you love is part of the LGBTQ community and needs help, look for programs that understand the needs of LGBTQ individuals suffering from a substance abuse disorder.
Alta Loma understands the unique risks and problems associated with addiction and alcoholism in the LGBTQ community. We provide initial stabilization, residential, and after-care facilities that help men who have been out for a long time or are just now coming to terms with their sexual identities. We also offer treatment for co-occurring mental health issues, making for a well-rounded approach to manage a life that has spiraled out of control. We are unique in that we provide a men-only program situated in a beautiful area north of Austin, Texas. Our skilled clinicians offer support, guidance, ways to manage sobriety, and life skills for when a guest returns home. If you or a loved one needs help navigating the choices of treatment for addiction or alcoholism within the LGBTQ population, call Alta Loma at (866) 457-3843 today to discuss a specially orchestrated plan that works for each individual.