The essential, not to be missed conversation:
Members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer community have higher rates of substance misuse than the general population. Daily battles with discrimination and stigma cause high levels of stress that may push them toward drug and alcohol use.
In today’s society, the LGBTQ+ community still experience many obstacles because of their sexual identity. This includes difficulty in accessing appropriate, equitable substance misuse treatment. However, through proper understanding and accommodation of LGBTQ+ care principles, substance misuse treatment can be successful.
New skills and ideas were threaded throughout, and we got an overall better understanding of where we need to adapt our care - from first phone call to discharge, aftercare and beyond.
We explored the benefits of being informed, self-aware clinicians in this area, in order to better serve our clients from the LGBTQ+ community.