The Challenge of Growing Up LGBT
As a society we’ve come a long way in our acceptance and understanding of LGBT (lesbian-gay-bisexual-transgender) people. Still, we have a long way to go. Homophobia remains pervasive and it won’t be going away anytime soon. For all of our progress, LGBT people still find themselves coming of age in a society that degrades, devalues, and demonizes same-sex love and gender variance. The resulting experiences can be very traumatizing in forming a sense of self. From this experience a disconnect happens between the truth of one’s beliefs and the behaviors needed to adapt and cope – from this disconnect grow heightened feelings of anxiety and discomfort. Enter LGBT addiction.
Alcohol and drugs can be particularly useful as a way to cope for avoiding or distracting one from focusing too intensely on themselves or being too introspective. Studies have shown that LGBT people have higher rates of substance abuse over their straight peers, especially when it comes to alcohol. Even more alarming, they have rates of suicide that are far higher.
We explore the reasons why in the infographic below:
As is the case with all people facing addiction, those who need help don’t often get it. This can be particularly true for LGBT addiction and the reasons can be especially complicated. Fear of encouraging further discrimination and stigma can leave them unwilling to identify themselves as LGBT. If a person is also an ethnic minority of a culture that is even more hostile to LGBT issues, this can make the reluctance greater. Not getting the help they need can leave them feeling more isolated, alone, and different.
This is why a LGBT-affirmative program for LGBT addiction can be so crucial. Affirmative therapy is an approach that embraces a positive view of LGBT identities and relationships and addresses the harmful negative influences that homophobia, transphobia, and heterosexism have on the lives of LGBT individuals. An affirmative approach can bring support to addicts and their families and offer them the compassion, dignity, respect, and affirmation they deserve.
If you or a loved one have an addiction to alcohol, contact BLVD Treatment Centers. At BLVD Treatment Centers we custom tailor our recovery programs within the safe and nurturing confines of our rehab treatment centers. Located throughout California, in Los Angeles, Orange County, San Diego and in Portland, OR, our mission is to assess the severity of your addiction to help you achieve true recovery within 30 days. Call us now at 1-866.582.9844.