Does Addiction Affect the LGBTQ+ Community Differently?

We hear a lot in the news about addiction these days. The latest addictions that are sweeping the nation lately have to do with the abuse of prescription pain medications that are driving a dagger into the hearts of much of our population. It is terribly sad as we watch much of our population suffer with these issues. At the same time, one has to wonder if addiction impacts the LGBTQ+ community more harshly than others.

The LGBTQ+ community has long suffered discrimination and even abuse from society. Even worse than that, many members of the LGBTQ+ community do not feel the love and support that they deserve at home. Many are told that they are behaving in a way that is sinful or that is going to cause them to go to hell. It is incredibly difficult to live with those pressures on top of the day-to-day stresses that all of the rest of us experience as well.

Some social problems that lead to addiction in the first place are amplified for the LGBTQ+ community because they have to overcome discriminatory hurdles that others do not. For example, the unemployment rate among LGBTQ+ people as well as the poverty rate among this group is larger than in the heterosexual population.

These troubling statistics often lead to greater incidents of abuse of drugs and alcohol among LGBTQ+ people. In addition to that, some may find addictions to other things such as sexual addictions or addictions to pornography. This could come as a result of their hyper-sexualization by society. Each and every one of these factors make addiction more common among the LGBTQ+ community, and they also make some of the outcomes of those addictions more severe as well. It is definitely not an easy road to be on.

Society is finally started to take note of this issue at least to some extent. There are programs now being set up to try to help those who find addictions difficult to handle. Those programs are sometimes even based around specifically trying to help out the LGBTQ+ community. There is a greater recognition now than there was before that this group is particularly vulnerable to addiction. It is not because of how they were born, but it is often because of the environmental factors that our society puts up for no reason. Given this, it is at least a little promising that something is finally being done to try to reverse the situation we find ourselves in.