The LGBT community faces stigma and barriers to getting the right kind of addiction treatment. If a treatment center is not aware of the unique needs of the LGBT community, then your stay in such a rehab will be unpleasant. Safety in a drug treatment center is essential, and often the safety of the LGBT community is compromised if you are placed with intolerant individuals. This will allow for a comfortable atmosphere as you work on your long-term recovery. The fact is that there is a difference between heterosexual and LGBT addicts and this should not remain silenced. Compared with their heterosexual counterparts, LGBT addicts generally have higher rates of substance abuse, lower levels of abstinence from alcohol and drug use, and a greater likelihood to continue heavy drinking for a longer period of time.
Partying to Death: Drug Abuse and Gay Nightlife Culture
Meth has devastated the gay community for decades. A new treatment offers hope.
It was the middle of the day in June , and year-old Josh Larson was stumbling down a main thoroughfare in Boulder. He was wasted. Someone needed to come to Colorado immediately, he told them. Josh is in trouble. Experts said people turn to drugs and alcohol to cope with marginalization and discrimination aimed at those whose sexual orientation differ from the mainstream.
HIV and Gay and Bisexual Men
Authored by Roger Weiss, MD. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission receives thousands of complaints every year related to discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. More than 80 percent of LGBT youth report being bullied and the number of suicide attempts is 4 times higher in this community. LGBTQ youth are three times more likely to become addicted to drugs compared to their heterosexual peers.
While this is not a problem in and of itself, high levels of drug abuse and drug addiction are common among these nightlife scenes — where a more hedonistic spirit dominates the environment. For many young gay men, the use of drugs begins in the teenage years. This is a time of great confusion and emotional pan for many gay men who are struggling with isolation from family and friends because of their sexuality. Society places a great deal of pressure on young gay men who have not yet come out of the closet. Confused and lacking guidance or support, many will turn to drugs as a means of self-medicating their pain.