Going through addiction is one of the worst experiences a human being can go through.
It presents itself almost out of nowhere, and its victims fall day by day. The LGBTQI community is no exception.
Over the past years, it’s been apparent that this community is one of the most affected when it comes to substance abuse.
Although many people wouldn’t want to admit it, members of the LGBTQI community or individuals who don’t identify as heterosexual or as the gender they were born in usually grow up facing social stigma. These people, in many cases, encounter issues of discrimination or challenges throughout their lives.
In many instances, people who are transgender will often battle with themselves. For this reason, it’s no surprise many transgender teens often find suicide to be a safer and quick option. Although we’ve come a long way in accepting the LGBTQI community and enforcing laws so that members have a normal life with equal rights, there is still a social issue to be addressed.
Many families, usually those that are traditional and religious, aim to send their children to conversion therapy sessions with the promise of turning their children heterosexual. These practices are considered by many to be unfair or torture, according to U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar. The negative repercussions that ensue in a person’s life who have gone through these moments can be very difficult. The National Survey on Drug Use and Health in 2015 showed data that adults who identify as the sexual minority, meaning pertaining to LGBTQI, were more prone to use illicit drugs than people who identify as heterosexual. A third of adults were found to use marijuana compared to heterosexuals, and 1 in 10 people have misused prescribed pain-relieving medicine.
The term serious emotional disturbance is used to describe people under age 18 who find themselves in a mental, behavioral, or emotional disturbance as a result of functional impairment. This can be brought up by a series of factors throughout the person’s childhood. This can have a semi-permanent effect as a person gets older. Their lack of functionality in their community activities, school activities, and family performance may have serious negative setbacks. Ultimately, dissociation from everyday normality can lead someone to take on substance abuse or any other form of coping mechanism.
Being rejected by friends and family can cause many issues later on in life. It adds poor mental health to the person and a lack of coping skills. This can lead people to hinder their capacity to find long-lasting sexual partners, delve into drug abuse and cause stress.
A 2013 survey showed that many people (LGBTQI) would drink fives times more than the average heterosexual adults. This statistic is no surprise to many. Because alcohol is a simple and accessible drug, drinking as a coping mechanism makes sense.
Seeking help can often be a burden on so many people. The mere necessity of asking for help can seem shameful, sad, and very uncomfortable. The truth is that if people don’t seek the proper help they deserve, then things will never get better. It’s no surprise that many events during childhood shape the way we operate, how we socialize, how we accept ourselves, and how we believe the world views us. For many people within the LGBTQI community, this can sometimes be difficult.
Seeking substance abuse as a way to cope with unnerving realities from childhoods or current adult discrimination can be quite hard. The best way to enter a balanced and drug-free environment is by first deciding to quit. Believe it or not, we sometimes don’t reach a better goal just because of our lack of belief or motivation. Deciding to get better and live substance-free is the way to go.
Secondly, achieving sobriety through detox is key. Professional and medical detox has been known to be the most effective way of addressing substance dependence or addiction. Throughout the United States, many people find themselves struggling to end their addiction because they can’t seem to rid addiction habits from their lives. This is mainly due to not acquiring medical sessions that help go from addiction to withdrawal to sobriety. Withdrawal symptoms may keep many in the dark for years, simply because of its ill-inducing feelings. Medical detox helps to go from one stage to another with the least amount of problems.
Addiction therapy helps people with their addictive habits and aims to prevent relapse. This problem plagues most people who have an addiction, but with the proper treatment, they can change the way they perceive life and steer themselves away from substances.
If You Have an Addiction, We Can Help
If you are going through some difficult times related to substance abuse, or you know someone in the LGBTQI community with these issues, don’t hesitate to reach out. California Highlands Addiction Treatment is here to help. Our trained professionals with many years of experience have dealt with many cases over time. We aim to offer the best experience possible.
Get to know our programs and how we can help by calling (855) 905-0828 — we’re available 24/7. You can also reach us by visiting our contact page or simply by talking to specialists in real time on our website.
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