Substance use problems in our community
There are many reasons why people drink or use other drugs. However, there are issues specific to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, transsensual, transsexual, two-spirit, intersex and queer people's lives that can further affect our substance abuse.
Facing isolation, alienation and discrimination from a homophobic society is stressful; escaping from this is one of the main reasons why people in our communities use alcohol or other drugs.
Until recently, there were few social alternatives to the bar, rave or circuit party scenes that allowed us to go out, relax, and feel part of a community.
Until recently, there were few counseling resources specifically for our communities. However, you don't need to face substance use alone. Specialized programs are available to help you.