Substance Abuse Treatment and Recovery

This entry describes treatment and recovery issues for those who identify as LGBTQ and struggle with substance abuse. It begins by reviewing the prevalence of substance abuse among LGBTQ communities with a focus on the consequences they experience as a result of engaging in substance abuse. The entry then reviews issues relevant to the treatment of substance abuse among LGBTQ communities, including barriers to treatment and the need for LGBTQ-specific and affirming models of care. The entry concludes with a discussion of issues and challenges related to recovery for LGBTQ people who abuse substances as well as some suggestions for continued research.

Prevalence of LGBTQ Substance Abuse

Estimates of those who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or queer (LGBQ) in the general adult population vary between 3.5% ...

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