As America is wheeling to find ways to combat the opioid crisis, see how the LGBTQA community is coming together to help its own with addiction recovery…
The opioid crisis continues to spread across the United States throughout so many communities, including the LGBTQA. White House Council of Economic Advisors (CEA) report released last month, the epidemic caused 33,000 deaths and cost $504 billion, or 2.8 percent of GDP in 2015. The opioid crisis was declared a national public health emergency under federal law on October 26, 2017. SAMSHA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services) studies indicate that substance abuse is 20 to 30 percent higher among LGBT youth than the general population.
Some facts about the LGBTQA community regarding substance abuse:
- LGBT youth are more likely to attempt suicide than heterosexual peers
- Transgender youth have the highest risk for developing substance abuse
- LGBTQ youth have 1.3 times the odds of heavy alcohol use, 1.6 times the odds of marijuana use, 2.9 the odds of injection drug use, and 3.3 times the odds of cocaine use
It may seem like the opioid crisis is a general issue since it has reached epidemic proportions, however, it would be unfair to generalize the causes and treatment for opioid addiction. Being LGBTQA does not cause substance abuse or opioid addiction. A lack of acceptance, bullying, religious conflict and discrimination can all contribute to a low self-esteem and subsequent substance abuse among those identifying as LGBTQA.
Trauma is also a major reason why LGBTQ individuals turn to substance abuse. There can by as much as 80% who are affected by trauma in the LGBTAQ community, with abandonment being the leading factor. Family rejection of their loved ones being LGBTQA can lead to depression, suicide and homelessness. Coming to an acceptance, without having to agree with their lifestyle choice, can help to decrease alcohol and drug abuse in the LGBTQA community. But, acceptance is not merely all there is, since some who are LGBTQA can still overdose due to opioid addiction.
Substance abuse awareness, education and resources are more important than ever, including specialty addiction treatment facilities for LGBTQA. Lotus Place Recovery specializes in addiction recovery and trauma treatment for those individuals who identify as LGBTQA. If you or your loved one is suffering from substance abuse or opioid addiction, please reach out to us now at (888) 735-3832 to see how we can help.
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