Addressing Addiction among the LGBTQ Population
Recovery Unplugged Encore recognizes that gender identity and sexual orientation are major factors in substance abuse. According to a 2015 study conducted by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), LGBTQ+ people are at greater risk for substance use and mental health issues than persons in the sexual and gender majority. Both categories of “use of any illicit drug” as well as “prevalence of mental illness” in the past year were over 20% higher in LGBTQ+ individuals than heterosexual people. We know that the LGBTQ+ community suffers from extreme rates of addiction and alcoholism and that they need substance abuse treatment made available that caters to their needs.
Safety Encourages Recovery
Research from the American Journal of Public Health determined that an LGBTQ+ individual who was discriminated against because of their sexual orientation or gender identity was four times more likely to have experienced substance use disorder. Acts of prejudice due to a person’s identification as LGBTQ+ such as emotional and physical abuse from family members and partners, shunning from family or religious communities, loss of jobs, and violent hate crimes often lead to substance use. Recovery Unplugged Encore knows that these hateful acts contribute to addiction and alcoholism and ensures LGBTQ+ clients’ safety and comfort while receiving outpatient services.