Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Addiction in the House

Ladies and Gentlemen, the political noise is ramping up to a crescendo and we are 7 days out from VOTE 2008 for the next leader of the free world. I've voted and I hope that many of you have made your choice with the understanding that our country is in desperate need of change. However, as we all prepare for a long November 4th night, the world continues to turn with many other matters that warrant our attention and concern. One such issue is Addiction in the GLBTQ community. It's that 800 pound elephant in the room that we often sidestep or attempt to pretend that's it's not happening. Unfortunately, my friends, it's live and in living color in 2008. This issue is one that may have touch your life and certainly has my own on a variety of levels. You'll get no sermon here, but rather a consummate reminder that due to a wide range of circumstances this community is often disproportionally affected by all forms of addiction. The addiction spectrum has broad shoulders, ranging from substance abuse, sexual addiction, to prescribed medicines. Recently, I was confronted with this dilemma as I became increasingly concerned for both friends and family who were struggling with this destructive behavior. Therefore, I felt that addressing it in this forum could be not only cathartic for myself, but supports my ongoing mission to inform as well as empower. If you are dealing with this problem, perhaps some info here may help. If you know someone, and don't we all... pass it on.

Gay Drug Rehab: Drug Addiction and the GLBT Population
Research has shown that the impact of heterosexism, homophobia, prejudice and discrimination experienced by the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender community, as well as those questioning their sexuality, is reflected in a higher than average incidence of drug addiction, alcoholism, mental health issues and even suicide. These disruptions in personal growth make it extremely difficult to sustain healthy relationships and preserve one's self esteem.
As with any addiction, shame has been identified as a major component in the progression of gay or lesbian drug addiction. The population mentioned above, generally carry a great deal of shame. You are born into heterosexual families who expect you to grow up to be heterosexuals. When you realize you are not fitting into the heterosexual norm, you feel ashamed. That is what is referred to as shame due to heterosexism. It is nothing you caused to happen, but you feel ashamed none-the-less. In a gay and lesbian drug rehab, shame is defined as being blamed for something over which you have no control. In an effort to deal with the feelings associated with shame, you might turn to drugs, alcohol, sex, gambling, eating, or spending.
Other issues common to the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender community that a gay and lesbian drug rehab acts to help you work on might be:
Identity acceptance
Acceptance by family and friends
Coming out
Depression, anxiety and other mental health issues
Establishment of a social network supportive of recovery
Alleviation of risk taking behaviors
As mentioned earlier, many in the GLBT community have used drugs or alcohol to cope with feelings. As such, many are led into the world of drug addiction and alcoholism. The vast majority of people who are addicted to drugs or alcohol find themselves in need of treatment in a gay or lesbian drug rehab.
If you require assistance in locating a gay or lesbian drug rehab program, call Recovery Connection® now at 1-800-99-DETOX.

Info Express: Here are some statewide phone numbers:If you live in the State of Arkansas and are seeking a drug rehab facility for yourself or a loved one, you may call our local numbers in Little Rock, Rogers, Fayetteville and Ft. Smith. For more info click it to http://www.recoveryconnection.org/



For Meth, go to www.tweakers.org Other info can be found at, www.gayhealth.org www.dancesafe.org

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