The 2018 National Survey on Drug Use and Health reports that sexual minorities are more susceptible to substance abuse and dependence. The study reads, “More than a third (37.6 percent) of sexual minority adults 18 and older reported past year marijuana use, compared to 16.2% reported by the overall adult population.1 Past year opioid use (including misuse of prescription opioids or heroin use) was also higher with 9% of sexual minority adults aged 18 or older reporting use compared to 3.8% among the overall adult population. Additionally, 9% of sexual minority adults aged 26 or older reported past year misuse of prescription opioids—an increase from the 6.4% who reported misuse in 2017. However, there was a significant decline in past year prescription opioid misuse among sexual minority adults aged 18-25 with 8.3% reporting use in 2018.”
If you are a member of the LGBTQ+ community and you have been struggling with substance abuse, you are certainly not alone. At Pine Tree Recovery Center we are dedicated to providing our clients with all of the resources they need to maintain continued success in sobriety.