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LGBT+ Recovery

Stigma is attached to mental health issues, but for LGBT+ individuals, there is a double stigma. Those who are LGBT+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, or Other) face discrimination so much more often than their straight, cisgender peers. They are also more likely to struggle with mental health issues, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI):

  • “LGB adults are more than twice as likely as heterosexual adults to experience a mental health condition” (SAMHSA).
  • “LGBTQ people are at a higher risk than the general population for suicidal thoughts and suicide attempts” (LGBT Health Education).
  • “High school students who identify as lesbian, gay, or bisexual are almost five times as likely to attempt suicide compared to their heterosexual peers” (CDC).
  • “48% of all transgender adults report that they have considered suicide in the past 12 months, compared to 4% of the overall US population” (National Center for Transgender Equality).

The LGBT+ community doesn’t need your discrimination or hatred; they need your sensitivity and support. Here are the overall things that need to be tackled among the LGBT+ community:

  • Stigma and discrimination
    • Stigma and discrimination are alive and well when it comes to this group. Outsiders may not understand the choices made by these individuals, thus leading them to exude hatred. This is no excuse. LGBT+ folks are disliked, feared, and rejected, which leads to harassment, violence, and hate crimes. Because of this, many LGBT+ individuals lean on substances to help cope with the stigma and discrimination they experience.
  • Co-occurring disorders
    • Along with substance use disorders, LGBT+ individuals often experience depression and anxiety. They also tend to suffer from self-harm and have suicidal thoughts more often than their straight, cisgender peers. Eating disorders are also common in transgender youth. 
  • Homelessness
    • “An estimated 20-40% of the 1.6 million youth that run away from home are LGBT+” (Recovery Research Institute). Those who suffer from homelessness also tend to fall victim to substance use disorders.
  • Sexually transmitted infections
    • HIV is most common among gay and bisexual men, but overall sexually transmitted infections are more common among LGBT+ folks than their heterosexual and cisgender peers. 
  • Healthcare inequalities
    • “23% of LGBT+ individuals do not have health insurance” (NAMI).

Villa Tranquil Recovery wants to support women in the LGBT+ community. We want to help you today. Call us now at 214-799-3080. We can’t wait to hear from you!