Substance abuse in the LGBTQ community remains a significant problem, being more prevalent than most any other demographic. Issues with family acceptance, discrimination in housing and education, and lack of resources can lead an individual to seek solace through alcohol and drugs. Some statistics related to this issue are:

  • 25 percent of people identified as LGBTQ abuse alcohol, in comparison to about 5-10 percent of the regular demographic.
  • Men that have intercourse with men are over 3.5 times more likely to use marijuana
  • These same men are also 12.2 times more likely to use amphetamines than men who do not have intercourse with men.
  • They are also 9.5 times more likely to use heroin
  • LGBT youth is up to 300% more likely to succumb to drug addiction
  • A quarter of LGBT people abuse alcohol whereas the fraction is less than a tenth for the general populace
  • A larger percentage of LGBTQ people have experimented with harmful drugs: 63% have experimented with Ecstasy, 63% have experimented with marijuana, 48% have experimented with amyl nitrate and 45% smoke an average of more than 10 cigarettes daily.

LGBTQ individuals seeking treatment for addictions may find it difficult to locate an rehab facility.  Many facilities may be associated with religious organizations that are not open and accepting to LGBTQ people. Addiction Resource was founded in 2014 to provide a community for those recovering from addiction and to help patients find the highest quality care for a successful recovery. Their goal is to provide resources to help patients and their loved ones so that they may stay on the road to recovery, and can successfully overcome addiction for life.  Addiction Resource developed an FAQ regarding addiction in the LGBTQ community.  Please visit for further information and resources.

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