Cocaine Addiction in the LGBT Community

Cocaine Addiction in the LGBT Community

Cocaine is an illegal and highly addictive central nervous system (CNS) stimulant that is typically injected, snorted or smoked depending on its form. Cocaine is an extremely dangerous drug that can have dangerous physical implications and can be fatal.

Cocaine in the LGBT Community

Specific research on the prevalence of cocaine use in the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community is limited; however research has shown that individuals in the LGBT community are at a much greater risk of developing a drug issue. Reports have shown that the LGBT population is two to four times more likely to have a drug or alcohol addiction compared to heterosexuals (Queensland Association for Healthy Communities). This could be related to feelings of guilt or embarrassment, stress related to their sexual orientation, confusion about their sexual orientation, decreased family and social support, or experiencing harassment, discrimination or bullying because of their sexual orientation.

According to the “Part of the Picture” study by the National LGB Drug and Alcohol Database of England, cocaine powder was the third most commonly used drug among the LGB population (transgender was not specified) with 8% using powder cocaine of those reporting that they has used drugs in the last month. An additional 1% reported the use of crack cocaine. From the data collected in this study, it is estimated that LGB individuals are at a ten times greater risk of using cocaine in the past month than are heterosexuals. In addition, men are at a higher risk than women; however, both genders are at greater risk of cocaine use than heterosexual men and women.

Due to the serious health implications cocaine use can have for individuals, this is a staggering statistic that needs to be addressed.

Cocaine Treatment for LGBT Individuals

Choosing treatment can be scary. Sometimes individuals do not realize or refuse to recognize that they need treatment at all, especially if many of their peers are also abusing drugs. However, treatment for cocaine addiction is essential. When choosing to stop using cocaine, it is imperative that you do so under medical supervision. Quality treatment programs typically include detox, counseling and therapy and aftercare. During detox, you will be medically supervised as cocaine is withheld from your body and your body eliminates toxins that have built up from cocaine use. Your medical team will monitor you and make sure you are medically stable before you begin addressing the psychological and emotional aspects and consequences of your addiction. You will work one-on-one and in group settings with licensed counselors and therapists to discover underlying causes of your addiction, recognize encounters or situations that “trigger” your cocaine use, and develop coping skills that you can use to maintain recovery after you complete treatment. In addition, aftercare programs are designed to help you maintain sobriety after you finish rehab.

LGBT specific treatment programs are available throughout the country. Benefits of participating in an LGBT friendly treatment program are that you know you are in a safe place where you will not be judged for your sexual orientation, you are among others who are going through and have endured many of the same situations that you have, and the focus is on helping you through your addiction, not on trying to convince you to change yourself.

LGBT Treatment Programs

If you are part of the LGBT community and are struggling with a cocaine addiction or any type of drug or alcohol abuse, call our toll-free helpline today. We are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to help you in any way possible, whether it be by helping you find an LGBT friendly treatment program or answering questions about addiction and your need for treatment. Call now.

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