The disease of addiction affects people of all demographics. The LGBT community is one of the hardest hit groups by this vicious and life-threatening mental illness.
There is no single reason for this increase in susceptibility. Explanations range from stigma, trauma, mental illnesses such as depression and PTSD, and problems finding help within the medical community.
Some studies suggest that the statistically higher rates of discrimination are to blame for the LGBTQ community’s increased propensity toward substance abuse.
In recent years there has been increasingly positive change toward recognition and support for those who suffer from substance abuse and addiction within the LGBTQ community. Treatment centers have developed to accommodate such individuals and provide support and care that target their specific needs.
Whatever the reason for substance abuse and addiction, if there is one, no one deserves the trauma this disease causes. Substance abuse disorders are classified as a mental illness and require professional treatment to overcome its deadly symptoms.
No one should continue to suffer from the vicious and devastating illness of addiction. If you or someone you love has problems with mood and mind-altering substances, get help today.