How We’re Helping Our LGBTQ+ Family Change Disturbing LGBTQ+ Facts…

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The solutions in this section suggest effective approaches to treatment and addressing many of the underlying causes of addiction and mental health issues among the LGBTQ+ community. That said, every treatment plan we create is personalized to fit each patient’s specific needs. So, the answers below may only be part of the solution for your individual needs. To find out about what a personalized plan might look like for you,  call us at: 267-518-4200

Facts and Solutions

“Rates of substance abuse disorders among the LGBTQ+ community is reported to be 20% to 30% higher than in the general population.”

~ SAMHSA1

SOLUTION: For effective treatment, we need to identify and overcome underlying causes of substance abuse, not just symptoms, like higher substance abuse rates. For more information from UNISON Pride, click here

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“People who identify as LGBTQ+ often face social stigma, discrimination, and a greater risk of harassment and physical violence. Trying to cope with these sources of stress, we see a significant increase in mental health and substance abuse issues with the LGBTQ+ population.”

~ National Institute on Drug Abuse2

SOLUTION: To address underlying causes of LGBTQ+ mental health and substance abuse issues, you should seek treatment from experts who truly understand the needs of this community, and know how to provide effective mental health and addiction recovery care. For more information from us on this, click here

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“Lesbian, gay and bisexual adults are more likely than their straight counterparts to experience alcohol drug and addiction and experience mental illness.”
~ NBC News3

SOLUTION: UNISON Pride focuses on serving the LGBTQ+ community by helping those in need understand and work through the causes of their drug and alcohol abuse by addressing their underlying mental health issues. For more information from us on this, click here

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“Nearly 40 percent of those who identify as LGBTQ+ claimed to have used illicit drugs in the past year, compared to 17 percent of those who identify as straight. That’s 235% more increase in illicit drug use among the LGBTQ+ population.”
~ SAMHSA1

SOLUTION: There is a growing need to provide quality addiction and mental health treatment services to our LGBTQ+ family. UNISON Pride is committed to providing those services on a large scale through continued expansion and increased capacity. For more information from us on this,  click here

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“Higher levels of stress can lead to substance abuse and mental illness, and sexual minority adults have often faced rejection, whether from their families, from religious organizations or through other forms of discrimination.”
~Dr. Eric Yarbrough, M.D.4

SOLUTION: To inspire lasting change, we need to help those suffering from addiction and mental illness understand the consequences of not overcoming addiction and the benefits of living a life free from the pain and suffering caused by substance abuse. For more information from us on this,  click here

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“LGBTQ+ individuals with substance use disorders are more likely to have additional co-occurring, underlying mental health issues.”
~ SAMHSA1

SOLUTION: At UNISON Pride, we help you identify and treat the underlying causes of your substance abuse, not just symptoms, to provide a long-term solution and path to a better, healthier life. For more information from us on this, click here

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“Only 6 percent of U.S. treatment facilities included in the National Survey of Substance Abuse Treatment Services (N-SSATS) offered specialized programs for LGBTQ+ patients.”
~ N-SSATS – SAMHSA5

SOLUTION: At UNISON Pride, we have assembled a treatment team of experts who understand how to effectively treat members of the LGBTQ+ community with programs specially designed to address their needs. For more information from us on this, click here

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“SAMHSA administrator Pamela S. Hyde said, ‘The treatment community needs to ensure that LGTBQ+ people, as well as members of other underserved groups, are given more opportunities for specialized mental health and addiction care’, expressing her concerns.”
~ Mental Health and Psychiatry News6

SOLUTION: As an addiction and mental healthcare provider, UNISON Pride delivers a full continuum of care specially designed for the LGBTQ+ community that provides proven addiction treatment in a safe and caring environment. For more information from us on this,  click here

“2.1 million LGBTQ+ individuals need substance abuse treatment, but only 12.5% of LGBTQ+ individuals in need receive substance abuse treatment from a provider that specialized in LGBTQ+ treatment.”
~ The Williams Institute7

SOLUTION: UNISON Pride provides quality addiction and mental healthcare services for the LGBTQ+ community using effective treatment for individual patients while aiming to help as many people as possible. For more information from us on this, click here

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87.5% (1.82 million) LGBTQ+ individuals in need did not receive needed substance abuse treatment from a specialized provider last year.
~ Gallup Consulting & Global Research8

SOLUTION: UNISON Pride is committed to addressing the big and growing need to provide quality treatment services to our LGBTQ+ family through continued expansion and increased capacity. For more information from us on this,  click here

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In seeking relief from trauma, LGBTQ+ patients turn to substance abuse at a higher rate with longer-term, more intense use as time goes on. It’s vital that treatment for LGBTQ+ patients focus on underlying traumas and treatment plans that can assist in developing a positive self-identity.
~ Addiction Professional News9

SOLUTION: At UNISON Pride, we identify and treat underlying causes of substance abuse, not just symptoms, to provide long-term solutions for members of our LGBTQ+ family. For more information from us on this, click here

LGBTQ+ people attempting to manage stress in their life may turn to substance abuse, this can come from a place of insecurity, anxiety, stress, and fear, when trying to overcome negative feelings that many LGBTQ+ people experience.
~ Addiction Professional News9

SOLUTION: UNISON Pride provides addiction and mental health care that helps LGBTQ+ patients replace old destructive habits, such as risky sexual behavior, with new ways to live healthier and happier lives. For more information from us on this, click here

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SOURCES
Sourced cited on this page and throughout unisonrehab.com include the following:
1“National Survey on Drug Use and Health: Lesbian, LGBTQ Adults”, SAMHSA, 2020
2“Substance Use and SUDs in LGBTQ+ Populations”, National Institute on Drug Abuse, 2022
3”Report: Lesbian, Gay and Bi Adults Have Higher Drug Abuse Rates”, NBC News, 2016
4”Transgender and LGBTQ Mental Health”, Dr. Eric Yarbrough M.D. Council on Minority Mental Health and Health Disparities, 2018
5“National Survey of Substance Abuse Treatment Services”, N-SSATS – SAMHSA, 2020
6”Only Six Percent of Substance Abuse Treatment Facilities Offer Specialized Services”, Mental Health and Psychiatry News, 2010
7“LGBTQ Demographic Data”, The Williams Institute Analysis, UCLA, 2019
8“LGBTQ identification in U.S. ticks up to 7.1%”, Gallup Consulting & Global Research, 2022
9”Providers Must Be Cognizant of LGBTQ Patients’ Unique Treatment Needs”, Addiction Professional News, 2022
10“U.S. Mental Health and Substance Abuse Industry Report”, IBISWorld, 2020
11“LGBT Population Mapping and Percent of Adult LGBTQ Population”, CDC, 2021
12“The Efficacy of Psychodynamic Psychotherapy”, Jonathan K. Shedler, PhD, 2010
13“Sexual Orientation and Estimates of Adult Substance Use and Mental Health”, NSDUH, 2019
14”The U.S. Addiction Rehab Industry Report”, NIDA, NAATP, SAMHSA, 2021

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