June is Pride Month, in commemoration of the Stonewall Riots of 1968. And while there will be few, if any, parades this year, here at Lionrock we are committed to celebrating, and supporting, the LGBTQ++ community. That’s because the LGBTQ++ community suffers from higher rates of substance use disorders (SUDs) than the population as a whole (an estimated 20 to 30 percent of the LGBTQ+ community vs. approximately 9 percent of the entire population).

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse:

  • People who identify as bisexual are three times as likely to have a substance use disorder
  • People unsure of how to identify are five times more likely to have substance use disorder than heterosexual people
  • Between 20 and 35 percent of the LGBTQ+ community have moderate to severe alcohol dependency.
  • Gay men are 3.5 times more likely to use marijuana than straight males.
  • Members of the LGBTQ+ community are 12.2 times more likely to use amphetamines.
  • LGBTQ++ individuals are 9.5 times more likely to use heroin than heterosexual individuals.

Telehealth can be a very effective way for members of the LGBTQ++ community to access treatment:

  • It’s affordable. So even for people without health insurance, we can create private pay packages that fit most budgets.
  • It’s private. With a telehealth solution, people can seek and receive treatment from the privacy of their home. Receiving treatment from a private, comfortable and familiar setting, reduces a major barrier to seeking help.  
  • It’s flexible. When you take away the need to commute to and from treatment and you add in options for different times of the day, treatment becomes a much more realistic option for employed people who may have been wondering how to get the help they need without signaling to their employers that there is a problem.

Members of the LGBTQ++ community are often faced with societal pressures like stigma, hate crimes, and discrimination that can contribute to mental health challenges like anxiety and depression and impact their SUDs. We take these co-occurring disorders into account when developing treatment programs. In fact one of our core tenets is to focus on our client, as a  whole person, never judging, and always believing that the answers our clients seek lie within themselves. 

This Pride month, we welcome all into our “lion’s pride.” We have added an LGBTQ+ CommUnity Support Group/Recovery Meeting starting June 9th (ongoing weekly every Tuesday) from 5 – 6 pm PST/8 – 9 pm EST. For more info click HERE.