Homosexual discrimination in addictions counselling

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Mental Health America works nationally and locally to raise awareness about mental health and ensures that those at-risk for mental illnesses and related disorders receive proper, timely and effective treatment. Sexual orientation and health among U. National Health Statistics Report,

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There is a growing body of evidence that suggests that members of the LGBT lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender community are at higher risk of drug and alcohol abuse than their heterosexual counterparts. Sexual minorities also have unique treatment needs, such as the need for compassionate, non-judgmental care and counseling concerning stigma and coming out. Fortunately, there are detox centers and drug addiction treatment programs that cater primarily to LGBT individuals.

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However, discrimination, prejudice, denial of civil and human rights, harassment and family rejection are still tragically common for people with these identities. LGBTQ people with mental health conditions may also find themselves fighting a double stigma. Confronting these challenges and mental health symptoms with an LGBTQ-inclusive therapist can lead to better outcomes, and even recovery.

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Rates of drug abuse and addiction in the LGBTQ community are disturbingly higher than those of other groups. Discrimination, societal pressures and co-occurring disorders are just a few potential triggers for drug abuse in this population. Call Now. Treatment Center Locator.

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Such practices have been rejected by every mainstream medical and mental health organization for decades, but due to continuing discrimination and societal bias against LGBTQ people, some practitioners continue to conduct conversion therapy. Minors are especially vulnerable, and conversion therapy can lead to depression, anxiety, drug use, homelessness, and suicide. Seven of these state laws were enacted under Republican governors.

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Research on the incidence, etiology and substance abuse treatment needs of lesbian, bisexual and transgender LBT women is limited. Most research indicates higher levels of alcohol and drug abuse among these populations compared to their heterosexual counterparts, with recent research indicating that substance abuse is a particular concern for transgender individuals and an increasing problem among younger LBT individuals. Risk factors and reasons for substance abuse among sexual minority women are similar to those of heterosexual women, yet are substantially complicated by issues of family rejection and lack of social support, stigma and minority stress, as well as abuse and harassment.

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Seeking addiction treatment can feel overwhelming. We know the struggle, which is why we're uniquely qualified to help. Your call is confidential, and there's no pressure to commit to treatment until you're ready.

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One of the most common reasons that people use drugs and alcohol is to cope with stress. Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered LGBT people are likely to experience more stress than their heterosexual counterparts. Stressful circumstances might include:. The Center for American Progress reports that 20 to 30 percent of LGBT people use drugs and alcohol, compared to about nine percent of people in the general population.

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You will also find information on spotting the signs and symptoms of substance use and hotlines for immediate assistance. Treatment for addiction takes many forms and depends on the needs of the individual. In accordance with the American Society of Addiction Medicine, we offer information on outcome-oriented treatment that adheres to an established continuum of care.

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Resources on the LGBT population include national survey reports, agency and federal initiatives, and related behavioral health resources. Multiple training efforts for behavioral health service providers have and will continue to improve service delivery and outcomes for LGBT individuals. Covers cultural, clinical, health, administrative, and legal issues as well as alliance building.

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