Addressing the Unique Substance Use Factors Faced by the LGBTQ Population

The LGBTQ community and alternative-lifestyle populations have been routinely marginalized in various areas of their lives. They often face professional discrimination, judgment and ridicule from their families, their own internal struggles with identity and a variety of other issues that inhibit their emotional health and overall quality of life. These very real and very common factors can lead to a variety of mental health issues and subsequent drug and/or alcohol abuse. Recovery Unplugged Texas is thoroughly mindful of the unique and specific issues that lead LGBTQ people to substance abuse, and we’re here to help you or your loved one take your life back from drugs and alcohol. Call us today at (855) 384-6340 to learn more about our treatment options.

Treating an At-Risk Population

The often-adverse circumstances members of the LGBTQ face in their daily lives render them significantly more vulnerable to substance abuse and subsequent addiction. Data from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s National Survey of Drug Use and Health indicates that LGBTQ people:

  • Are at increased risk for various behavioral health issues
  • Have higher rates of substance misuse and substance use disorders (SUDs) than people who identify as heterosexual
  • Are more than twice as likely as heterosexual adults to have used any illicit drug in the past year
  • Used marijuana at higher rates than the heterosexual population
  • Misused prescription painkillers at higher rates than the heterosexual population

Additional data from the US Census Bureau found that a higher percentage of LGBT adults between 18 and 64 reported past-year binge drinking than heterosexual adults. LGBT people in treatment for substance use disorder initiated alcohol consumption earlier than their heterosexual counterparts. This increase in substance abuse and addiction is prevalent among both adult and juvenile populations.


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The Recovery Unplugged Difference

The Recovery Unplugged treatment approach relies heavily on the innate healing power of music. This means that patients have a means through which they can access dormant emotions and better address the root causes of their addictions and make strides toward to lasting sobriety. Music-based healing can provide a prime alternative to traditional talk therapy in which LGBTQ patients often feel judged and guarded. Through a variety of music-based therapies, including music appreciation, composition, production, performance and more, patients are able to better and more comfortably articulate their emotional trauma and draw a line to the development of their addiction.

Start Getting the Help You Need and Deserve Today

Recovery Unplugged Texas is mindful of the adversity that LGBTQ Americans often face in their daily lives, specifically in the more traditionally conservative state of Texas. We are here to provide patients in the lone star state, and all over the country, with the care, guidance and support they need to achieve recovery and lasting wellness. You don’t have to struggle with substance abuse along, nor should you be ashamed of who you are. Recovery Unplugged is committed to helping LGBTQ people overcome addiction and reclaim their lives. Call us today at (855) 384-6340.

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