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The LGBTQ community should have a specialized recovery treatment center catering to their unique background, which may have contributed to their alcohol and drug addiction.
Getting treatment for drug or alcohol abuse is difficult enough. If a facility cannot provide assurance against discrimination, a patient will not be able to focus on getting better.
For LGBTQ people, this is a valid concern. In the US, a Harvard-led survey found that 53% of LGBTQ people say they have been subjected to insensitive or offensive remarks; 57% have been threatened or non-sexually harassed, 51% have been sexually harassed or experienced violence. 18% of LGBTQ people say they have skipped medical care and 15% have opted not to call the police even if they were in need for fear of discrimination due to their LGBTQ identity.
Knowing all this, an effective rehab facility should have an approachable and supportive staff sensitive to LGBTQ special needs and trained against practicing and recognizing discrimination.
Drug Addiction among LGBTQ
Adolescent LGBTQ people are more likely to abuse and become addicted to alcohol and drugs compared to their heterosexual counterparts.
One explanation for this group’s vulnerability to succumb to substance addiction is that they are exposed to more discrimination and stress as a result of their sexual orientation.
Sadly, schools play a large role in perpetuating mistreatment and discrimination. A study made by GLSEN (formerly the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network) in 2010 found that 40% of LGBTQ adolescents report being literally pushed around in school or subjected to other forms of physical harassment because of their sexual orientation. 85% also say that have been victims of verbal harassment in school.
This is true for LGBTQ adults and other members of minority populations, such as members of the ethnic minority. These studies have found that discrimination begets poor health outcomes.
Drugs Abused by the LGBTQ Population
There have been findings that the LGBTQ people are more vulnerable to abuse alcohol and drugs relative to their non-LGBTQ counterparts.
Aside from this, it should also be noted that rehabilitation facilities have found that members of the LGBTQ community favor particular drugs, again as compared to members of the sexual majority community.
For example, it has been found that gay men and men who have sex with men (MSM) have a higher chance of having used marijuana; hallucinogens; stimulants, such as cocaine and other methamphetamines; and finally sedatives and barbiturates.
LGBTQ Party Drugs
Same-sex marriage may be legalized in the US. However, genuine acceptance of the LGBTQ people in mainstream society may have to wait for a few decades or generations.
Discrimination against the LGBTQ community has put its members into two extremes: being lonely and wanting to be alone or wanting to have multitudes of peers around them. Both needs have sometimes resulted in the recreational abuse of addictive substances such as alcohol and drugs.
The popularization of the term PnP (Party and Play) signaled greater acceptance in the use of drugs during indiscriminate sex among LGBTQ people. PnP happens during or immediately following circuit parties and raves. 56% of those who witnessed or participated in PnP says that drugs are a prerequisite while condoms are not.
Number one among these so-called party drugs used in raves or similar gatherings is ecstasy or E, X, or XTC which are methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MMDA).
Also popular in the LGBTQ party scene are alkyl nitrites or “poppers”; ketamine or “special K,” a dissociative psychedelic that makes users feel detached from their problems and can distort their senses; and finally GHB (gamma-hydroxybutyrate), also known as the date rape drug, which can be an aphrodisiac or stimulant in small doses.