Why Loved Ones are important
LGBTQ communities draw great strength and support from their peers and chosen families. This is particularly important as some of us do not have ongoing relationships with our biological families or families of origin. As a result many of us have forged our own family networks among our LGBTQ peers.
Seeking the support of a professional for issues related to drug and alcohol use can be difficult as shame and denial often prevent people from getting help. Stigma associated with drug and alcohol use can also make people reluctant to access services out of fear of judgement and discrimination.
As LGBTQ people we face further barriers. Research shows that those of us who need support often don’t seek it. Many of us have had negative experiences with services that are not safe or inclusive for LGBTQ people.
We also know that many LGBTQ people use drugs and alcohol in the context of exploring sexuality and sexual intimacy. Not all of us are comfortable or confident to talk to a service provider about this experience.
For these reasons, the informal support provided by partners, families and friends is especially important to LGBTQ people.
One thing that we’re really good at in LGBTQ communities is looking after each other.
Also in this section…
- Is this information for me?
- How do I know if alcohol and/or other drug use is a problem or not?
- Caring for yourself while you are caring for someone else
- What you can do to support an LGBTQ loved one around alcohol and drugs
- Finding an alcohol or drug service that understands the LGBTQ community
- What services are available?