For an LGBTQ+ person, the definition of family, friends and support group is a large contrast from what one would normally know. Many have experienced a partial or total cut off from those who claimed to love them the most. Abandonment has rocked their world on their journey to self-identification.
Weighed down by their shame and anxiety, feeling alienated from close family and friends, many have sought acceptance, and found it in bars or clubs. The clouded message becomes “find acceptance and lose your pain in the substance.”
Often these unhealthy practices only leave LGBTQ+ individuals feeling more alone and isolated in their path, unsure of what healthy connection to life can really look like and impacting their mental and physical health. Walking away from substance, for many LGBTQ+ individuals, can mean walking away from the only accepting community they know. They find themselves mourning the loss of who they were, while wrestling with the knowledge of who they are.