Several surveys indicate a clear link between people who identify as LGBTQ+ and increased substance misuse risk.
People in the LGBTQ+ community are more likely to experience social stigma, discrimination, rejection, abuse and ostracism from society and even their families. People who identify as anything but heterosexual often face more challenges in their life, in addition to daily stressors, and as a result are at a higher risk of developing mental health and substance use disorders.
While great strides have been made in the LGBTQ+ community towards equality, most LGBTQ+ individuals still experience prejudice and harassment. Discriminatory laws, practices in employment, housing, relationship recognition, health care, and challenges with family and friends still exist and can cause higher levels of anxiety, fear, isolation, depression, anger and mistrust for people in the LGBTQ+ community.
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