Facts and Stats About the LGBTQ Community and Substance Abuse

Substance abuse is an issue that faces all of society. Unfortunately, certain groups have been marginalized when it comes to talking openly about the facts and statistics surrounding substance abuse. One such group is the LGBTQ community. 

 

We here at Laguna View Detox feel that it is important to help shed some light on substance abuse and how it can impact different communities. It’s also important for those suffering to know how and when to get help for addiction.

 

Today we’ll discuss who the LGBTQ community are, how substance abuse affects the LGBTQ community specifically, and how to get help with addiction. 

Who Are the LGBTQ Community? 

To understand LGBTQ and substance abuse, you first need to understand the community and the people that are part of it. 

 

The LGBTQ community is broadly defined as those who classify themselves as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or questioning. This definition can also be more broadly extend to many other groups including pansexuals and non-binary persons. Typically, the community consists of anyone who does not identify as solely heterosexual. 

 

While the community as a whole is considerable, it is still considered a minority amongst the populace and the individual groups are each much smaller. Because of this and many other factors, members of the community often encounter a lack of acceptance and can face outright bigotry from non-members of the community. 

 

Members of the LGBTQ community are far more prone to have acts of violence and hatred committed against them than non-LGBTQ persons. The level of discrimination for an LGBTQ person is heightened based on other factors as well including, race, religion, regional location, family status, and other factors. 

 

Does Addiction Affect the LGBTQ Community? 

Unfortunately, being a part of the LGBTQ community and substance abuse are tied closely together. As we said earlier, members of the community often face higher rates of discrimination and violence as a result of their sexual orientation and as such, the rates of substance abuse are considerably higher than in other communities. 

 

Part of the issue with identifying all of the factors related to substance abuse within the LGBTQ community is due to the fact that it has only become a topic of research very recently. Until now, questions of gender identity and sexual orientation as factors for substance abuse and substance use disorders were not asked nor calculated. 

 

We can see a direct link between environmental factors such as discrimination and violence, and a higher likelihood of substance abuse. Furthermore, it is widely known that day-to-day stressors and lack of proper medical care and oversight can lead to higher rates of abuse. 

 

In a way, this compounds the problem for those in the LGBTQ community, violence and discrimination coupled with a fear of seeking the proper help can make substance abuse and addiction a never-ending cycle. 

 

There are also no signs of decline in substance use compared to other groups where treatment is becoming more prevalent. This is further compounded by the fact that LGBTQ persons with substance abuse problems are more likely to have co-occurring disorders as well such as mental health issues and emotional issues. 

 

How to Get Help With Substance Abuse 

It can be difficult to know when to seek help with substance abuse, especially as a member of the LGBTQ community. Please know there are resources available to help those looking to achieve sobriety. You are not alone when it comes to needing help with addiction. 

 

Laguna View Detox is a detox and residential treatment center located in Orange County, California. For more information regarding addiction treatment, please reach out to us today! 

 

Basic New Terms You’ll Learn When Your Loved One Is in Recovery

Drug and alcohol rehabilitation termenology

When your loved one is in recovery, you will start to learn an entirely new language. It’ll begin with learning the language of treatment. You will start to understand things like partial hospitalization, intensive outpatient, and peer support recovery groups.  As your loved one makes their way through treatment, you’ll find that it’s time to explore your role in their recovery. You’ll begin to learn terms like a codependent enabler, codependency, and breaking the chain of addiction. At Laguna View Detox, we understand the relationship intricacies that swirl around addiction, and we are here to help you make sense of it all. 

 

What Does It Mean to Be Codependent?

Being codependent is about being so intertwined with another that you cannot function independently.  While it can occur without addiction, codependent enablers are more common in relationships where addiction is present. In healthier relationships, there is more of a give and take between the two individuals. Healthier relationships involve interdependency; the two individuals in the relationship support each other in a way that allows both to grow and thrive. In a codependent relationship, the balance is off. Typically, one person is more dominant and takes charge within the relationship, and takes care of many of the household’s responsibilities. Conversely, the other will be more passive, have difficulty making decisions, and be more dependent. 

 

What Does It Mean to Be an Enabler?

Being in a relationship with someone active in their addiction is hard. Watching a loved one destroy themselves is heartbreaking to watch, and you’ll inevitably want to prevent their demise. Over time you may find yourself making excuses for their behavior or failure to keep promises to others in your family. You may find yourself trying to fix things for them so that they don’t face up to the consequences of their drinking or using drugs. Sometimes it starts as simply as wanting to help them keep their job or not be seen differently by your children. Whatever the motivation, the result is that you end up enabling the very behavior you’re wishing would stop. 

 

Can You Be a Codependent Enabler?

In relationships where addiction is present, it is a breeding ground to act as a codependent enabler. If you find yourself taking responsibility for most or all of the decision-making, parenting, and responsibilities within the house, you are likely in a codependent relationship.  If, in addition to this, you are also acting to minimize the consequences your loved one faces from their active addiction, you are also enabling. Being a codependent enabler creates a vicious cycle and can leave you feeling that there’s no way out. You may think that you must keep everything under control or your whole world will collapse. And, while yes, parts of it may collapse as you make changes, changes are critical. It is doubtful that you can sustain the stress of maintaining responsibility for everything long-term without your own mental and physical health suffering. 

 

How Laguna View Detox Can Help You With Addiction

At Laguna View Detox, we understand the complexities around relationships and addiction.  We are one of the leading private drug rehab centers in Orange County. We provide luxurious, inpatient rehab treatment in one of the most beautiful areas California has to offer. Our staff includes some of the most experienced and most compassionate in the industry, and we’ll create a holistic treatment plan tailored to you and your loved ones. We will care for you while you safely detox and then guide you through inpatient treatment and aftercare.  Contact us today and let us help you with your addiction!  

 

Going to California for Drug Rehabilitation

Going to California for Drug Rehabilitation

Once you decide to stop using drugs and alcohol, you’ll likely need support in learning how to do this. Addiction is a physical, mental, and spiritual disease. Successfully fighting it requires a commitment to changing nearly everything in your life, including how you cope with adversity and discomfort. And while the work of getting sober can be difficult, there is no reason that it cannot be done from a beautiful location. If you’re looking to break free of drugs and alcohol, you can do so from a California rehabilitation facility. At Laguna View Detox, we offer a luxurious and beautiful setting coupled with a wealth of experience to help those suffering from addiction. 

Benefits of Going to CA for Drug Rehabilitation

Starting off your road to sobriety at a luxury California rehabilitation facility is a step in the right direction and a vote for your sober life. Every decision you make right now is a vote for or against your sober life, so why not start in the best place possible? We blend evidence-based practices, luxurious surroundings, and our addiction expertise to create the optimal environment for sobriety. 

Focused on client comfort during early recovery, luxury rehab offers an excellent path to recovery. Beautiful views and luxury can decrease the struggles in early recovery. The overall goal of rehab is to help you create a life that does not require using drugs or alcohol. Starting that journey surrounded by luxury with an ocean view can help you imagine the possibilities. More like a home than a hospital, luxury California rehabilitation facilities provide a soothing and peaceful environment for your recovery. In addition to the beautiful surroundings, rehab brings you some of the most experienced addiction professionals in the addiction treatment industry.  Blending exceptional experience and luxurious surroundings sets our rehab facility apart from the rest. 

How Laguna View Detox Can Help You Overcome Addiction

At Laguna View Detox, we understand that everyone has a different road into and out of addiction. Our care team will create a treatment plan that is tailored to you and your experiences.  We base your plan on your drug/alcohol use history, history of trauma, co-occurring disorders, and physical health. Incorporating your circumstances and history into your treatment enables us to help you better prepare for life after rehab. 

We offer several different treatment modalities and bring a holistic focus to your treatment.  In addition to individual therapy and group therapy, you can expect your treatment to include things like art therapy, yoga, meditation, fitness, holistic practices, and more. We understand that successful treatment of addiction involves treating your mind, body, and soul. Accomplished, experienced professionals on your care team will create and manage a holistic treatment plan that will enable you to step solidly on the road to recovery. Our goal is to equip you with a complete set of tools to rely on in your recovery. We’ll work with you to help you incorporate meditation, yoga, and other skills to create a relapse prevention plan to keep you firmly on the road to recovery. 

Get Help Today With a Drug or Alcohol Addiction at Laguna View Detox

At Laguna View Detox, you will get round-the-clock care for your addiction.  We are one of the leading drug rehab centers in Orange County. We provide luxurious, inpatient rehab treatment in one of the most beautiful areas in California. Our staff includes some of the best in the industry, and we create a holistic treatment plan tailored to you. We are dedicated to helping you from safely detoxing to inpatient treatment to aftercare. Contact us today and let us help you with your addiction!  

Knowing When It’s Time To Go To an Alcohol Treatment Facility

In theory, getting sober is simple. All you have to do is stop drinking. However, simple doesn’t always equal easy. You may have started to rely on drinking as your primary coping mechanism. Drinking may be so interwoven with your life that you may not remember or know how to live without drinking. You may have attempted to get sober on your own and found yourself unable to do so. Whether you’re having a hard time giving up alcohol or needing extra support during those early days of sobriety, an alcohol treatment facility can give you the help you need. 

Laguna View Detox provides a beautiful, intimate setting for you to end your relationship with alcohol. We understand how hard it is to break free from alcohol, and we’re here to support you on your journey.

 

Signs I Have a Problem With Alcohol

There are many discussions lately around alcohol use and the terminology we use to talk about alcohol problems. Traditionally, one would be classified as either an alcoholic or a “normal drinker.” These days there are many more shades of grey with new terminology and new attitudes. Instead of alcoholism, many now say alcohol use disorder (AUD) or substance use disorder (SUD). Rather than asking if you’ve hit your rock bottom or if you’re an alcoholic, you might instead take a good hard look at how your alcohol use is impacting your life. Alcohol commercials show happy, shiny, healthy people enjoying a few drinks and living their best life. But is that the reality for you? Take a good look at your alcohol use and ask yourself a few questions such as: 

  • Have you been unable to quit drinking or cut down on your drinking?
  • Have you found yourself drinking more than you intended?
  • Is your drinking causing you health problems?
  • Is your drinking or being sick after drinking interfering with your life?
  • Is your drinking affecting your relationships or your career?
  • Has anyone in your life asked you to quit drinking?

 

Answering yes to some or all of these questions is an indication that you may have a problem with alcohol. In the end, the most crucial question is about how alcohol is affecting your ability to live your life. 

 

When Should I Go To an Alcohol Treatment Facility?

If you take an honest look at your alcohol use and determine that you have a problem, it may be time to go to an alcohol treatment facility. This is especially true if you have been drinking regularly and have found yourself unable to stop. Depending on how often and how much you drink, you are at risk of experiencing alcohol withdrawal. Withdrawal symptoms can be mild symptoms such as irritability, difficulty sleeping, and difficulty focusing.  Alcohol detox can lead to seizures, delirium tremens (DTs), and even death. For this reason, you must be honest about how much and how often you drink when you seek help. The staff at an alcohol treatment facility will monitor you closely and administer comfort medications to ensure you detox safety. 

 

Why You Should Go To Laguna View Detox, an Alcohol Treatment Facility 

At Laguna View Detox, you will get round-the-clock care for your alcohol problem.  We are one of the leading private drug rehab centers in Orange County. We provide luxurious, inpatient rehab treatment in one of the most beautiful areas in California. Our staff includes some of the best in the industry, and we’ll create a holistic treatment plan tailored to you. We will care for you while you safely detox and then guide you through inpatient treatment and aftercare.  Contact us today and let us help you break free from alcohol!