DON’T LET ADDICTION & TRAUMA CONSUME YOU

In many ways, and in many parts of the world, life has never been better for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning people. But even those whose day-to-day lives seem free of obstacles to success and contentment are likely to carry psychological scars from the pressures of being ‘other’ in early life that prevent them from enjoying health, happiness and fulfilment. And however apparently well-adjusted they may be, LGBTQ people are highly likely to carry some degree of internalised homophobia taught them by a heteronormative environment or prevailing culture.

Antidote in London has been providing support for LGBTQ people struggling with issues around drugs and alcohol for over 15 years. For far too long their needs have been largely ignored. I’m absolutely thrilled at the creation and launch of Resort 12

Jamie Willis, Antidote Service

The disproportionately high numbers of LGBTQ people who struggle with addiction and trauma speak for themselves. LGBTQ individuals are between three and four times more likely than others to become dependent on drugs or alcohol while a shocking 41% of trans people have attempted suicide. For many, isolation from any kind of community, even of others of similar sexuality or gender identity, compounds trauma still further.

Studies have shown that treatment of LGBTQ people for addiction and trauma is much more successful when it addresses the specific challenges faced by members of this community, in an environment exclusively dedicated to their needs. In the past, such treatment has been hard to find – of the 14,000-plus rehab facilities in the US for example, only a handful offer tailored LGBTQ support.