Substance Abuse Disorders And The Lgbtq Community Essay

1063 WordsNov 7, 20165 Pages
Substance Abuse Disorders and the effect on LGBTQ+ Adults This paper is to show the shockingly disproportionate number of LGBTQ+ community members with various substance abuse issues compared to heterosexual community members. This paper will briefly go over the history of Substance Abuse and the LGBTQ+ community. It will also show the evidence of risk factors of this population both current and previous, as well as some ideas to implement while working with the LGBT+ population. History Substance abuse is the harmful or dangerous use of any psychoactive substances including drugs, alcohol and even tobacco. The term ‘Substance Abuse’, as understood today was first used in 1987’s DSM-IIIR, before that social & cultural factors were not considered. Even with that change, many Americans still today consider drug and alcohol abuse to be moral weakness or character defect. Moral weakness, is often a term used against the LGBTQ+ community. The belief that it is a moral choice and that they do not have the decency or strength to change into heterosexual, is used by some to blame, discriminate or stigmatize this population. While some cultures have accepted same-sex love, America has a history of persecuting & stigmatizing this population. Authors Cory and Morris wrote about the history that the LGBTQ+ community has gone through. They share that in 1924, the first homosexual rights group in America ‘Society for Human Rights” in Chicago is disbanded under police pressure. In
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