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(December 05, 2017)
SAN DIEGO, Dec. 05, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The Recover, known for drug news information, releases new substance abuse article about LGBTQ and addiction. More addition treatment centers are tailoring programs that address issues that the LGBTQ communities face.
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Individuals who identify as LGBTQ face challenges that those who identify as heterosexual may not, such as discrimination, social stigma, and more. Because of this, they are at a higher risk for behavior health issues. A number of surveys show that the LGBTQ community has higher rates of substance abuse and substance use disorders.
Substance abuse LGBT statistics from The National Survey on Drug Use and Health, adults defined as "sexual minority" (in this survey, meaning lesbian, gay, or bisexual) were more than twice as likely as heterosexual adults to have used any illicit drug in the past year. Illicit drug use includes the non-medical use of a multitude of drugs that are prohibited by law. These drugs include amphetamine, marijuana, cocaine, heroin, and other opioids.
The U.S. Census Bureau conducted a survey in 2013 that found that a higher percentage of LGBT adults between 18 and 64 reported binge drinking in the past year (five or more drinks at one occasion) than heterosexual adults. In addition the LGBTQ individuals in treatment for initiated alcohol consumption earlier than their heterosexual counterparts.
Lesbian, gay, and also bisexual (LGB) teenagers additionally reported greater rates substance usage as compared to heterosexual adolescents. In one meta-analysis, LGB adolescents were 90 percent more likely to make use of drugs or alcohol than heterosexual teenagers, and also the distinction was particularly noticeable in some sub-populations; bisexual teens used at 3.4 times the amount of heterosexual teenagers, and also lesbian as well as bisexual females made use of at 4 times the rate of their heterosexual counterparts.
Author: Jeannie Casteel
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