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Addiction and the LGBT Community

While members of the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transexual) community have always been a part of our society, their prominence and publicity have increased significantly over the last decade. Once a potentially tricky social issue, sexual orientation is nothing to be ashamed of and something an individual can be open and proud of with less concern of social pressures. The LGBT Community has grown by leaps and bounds and has a wide following of people that don’t relate directly but support the uniqueness and confidence of the motion itself.

Addiction offers no discrimination. It wreaks havoc in the lives of all types of people. Men, women, black, white, brown, it doesn’t matter to addiction. The LGBT Community is not exempt from the terror of addiction, either. While addiction affects people from all walks of life, research shows that the rate of individuals dealing with addiction within the LGBT Community is substantially higher than comparable groups. Specifically, females within this community are more likely to become involved with illicit drugs or alcohol abuse.

Demographics do play a part in the likelihood of drug and alcohol abuse. Statistics claim that homosexual individuals are ten times more likely to use heroin than heterosexual people. Twenty-five percent of the LGBT Community are said to abuse alcohol or use illicit drugs. This nearly double the rate of those not in the LGBT Community. In fact, an estimated 68 percent of the LGBT Community admits to using ecstasy on a regular basis. These numbers are shocking and indeed serve as a wake-up call.

While there are no definitive answers as to why the risk of addiction is so much higher in the LGBT Community, there are theories. The most common argument consists of two primary reasons why these individuals struggle more often with addiction than others. First, being an open member of the LGBT Community can cause an increased level of stress in one’s life. Interactions at work, with family, and socially can be more difficult when relating to the LGBT Community. These individuals are more likely to deal with discrimination and prejudice. Second, there is an overwhelmingly vast amount of marketing directed towards individuals within the LGBT Community. The marketing depicts drugs and alcohol as a part of the way of life for members of this community.

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