Why Does the LGBTQ Community Have a Higher Rate of Addiction

Figures show that members of America’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer/questioning (LGBTQ) community have significantly higher chances of developing diagnosable substance problems than the population as a whole. These problems include both non-addicted substance abuse and addiction (officially grouped together under a single heading called “substance use disorder”).

Co-Occurring Disorders in the LGBTQ Community

Co-occurring disorders is a term used to describe cases of diagnosable substance problems that overlap with separate diagnosable mental illnesses. Researchers sometimes use the term “dual diagnosis” to describe these overlapping issues. Unfortunately, members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) community have significantly increased chances of experiencing co-occurring disorders. This is true,…