Around the world, drug addiction is a serious problem. And as America tries to deal with this problem, the LGBTQ community comes to further complicate the addiction problem.
Being gay, bisexual or transgender is a personal choice, and so is being a drug addict. It is true that in both circumstances, people sometimes find themselves in it not really of their own will. But they both remain personal choices. An individual can decide to not be gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender, just like an individual can decide not be a drug addict.
So what is the relationship between the LGBTQ community and drug addicts? What common factors do these communities share? Let’s see if we can find any.
One thing that is sure to happen is the fact that drug addiction will increase in the LGBTQ community. The gay community certainly undergoes quite some stigmatization; and in a bid to relief themselves from the stress of stigma, they will engage in drugs. And before long, addiction sets in.
Drug addiction in the LGBTQ community is quite serious; worse than that of the general society. This is because health care practitioners will not easily and readily be available for them. They are a marginalized community and that marginalizing is likely to extend to healthcare provision for the community.
Young people are generally more vulnerable to drug addiction. Being young, a drug addict and part of the LGBTQ community should be even harder for anyone in such a situation. If you find yourself there, just don’t give up yet. There surely are options you can select to sort yourself out.
One important thing you will have to understand is that the world may place a lot of stigma on you. Understand this and learn to deal with it. If you succeed in doing this, you will go a long way to overcome your drug addiction even as a youth in the LGBTQ community.