Prevalence of Substance Abuse in the LGBTQ+ Community

Research reveals that drug and alcohol abuse rates within the LGBTQ+ population are higher than those of the general population. Statistics from the 2015 National Survey on Drug Use and Health administered by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA) reveal that sexual minorities (e.g., those who identify as gay, lesbian or bisexual) are more likely to have a mental illness (AMI), serious mental illness (SMI) and a major depressive episode (MDE) than their sexual majority counterparts. Members of the LGBTQ+ community are predisposed to abuse illicit and prescription drugs, smoke cigarettes, misuse opioids, and consume alcohol in excessive amounts.

Societal Factors Influencing Addiction Treatment for the LGBTQ+ Community

In our present society, sexual minorities have a greater need for substance abuse treatment but they are less likely to seek recovery unless they can find a specialty facility such as New Method Wellness that delivers culturally sensitive, research-based dual diagnosis treatment for members of the LGBTQ+ community. Due to historical attitudes about the relationship between substance abuse and mental health issues for adults by sexual identity, sexual minorities experience marginalization and limited research has been done to address addiction and co-occurring disorders for individuals who identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender. Heterosexist attitudes may be present in addiction counselors who are uninformed about LGBTQ+ issues, which create cultural barriers in dual diagnosis treatment. Only in recent years have researchers begun to increase their awareness of the healthcare needs of this population.

Effective Evidence-Based Treatment for the LGBTQ+ Community at New Method Wellness

New Method Wellness transcends cultural barriers with successful interventions and dual diagnosis treatments specific to the needs of the LGBTQ+ community. Our welcoming, open environment invites clients to enter a nondiscriminatory treatment program that utilizes evidence-based clinical and holistic methods to treat addiction and co-occurring disorders such as posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), suicidal ideation, generalized anxiety disorder and major depression. Physical and health issues that are unique to the LGBTQ+ community include compulsive sexual behavior, HIV-related anxiety, sexual abuse or assault, and sexual dysfunction. Our culturally competent addiction psychologists help clients address the effects of societal marginalization, which poses additional obstacles for clients seeking treatment, such as the following:

Our clients have ample resources to effective treatment that addresses their individual needs. To learn more about our LGBTQ-specific treatment programs, call +1 (866) 951-1824 today!

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