How Heterosexism Contributes to Substance Abuse Aberdeen SD

Some LGBT individuals may use intoxicants to cope with shame and other negative feelings. Some LGBT individuals learn to devalue themselves and value only heterosexual persons instead. The negative effects of heterosexism include: Self-blame for the victimization one has suffered.

Avera Saint Lukes
(605) 622-5960x5960
1400 15th Avenue NW
Aberdeen, SD
Services Provided
Substance abuse
Types of Care
Outpatient
Special Programs/Groups
Adolescents, DUI/DWI offenders

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Adolescent Chemical Dependency Program
(605) 668-3315
3315 Broadway Avenue
Yankton, SD
Services Provided
Substance abuse
Types of Care
Hospital inpatient
Special Programs/Groups
Adolescents
Language Services
ASL or other assistance for hearing impaired

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Capital Area Counseling Services Inc
(605) 224-5811
803 East Dakota Avenue
Pierre, SD
Hotline
(605) 224-5811
Services Provided
Substance abuse
Types of Care
Outpatient
Special Programs/Groups
Adolescents, DUI/DWI offenders
Language Services
ASL or other assistance for hearing impaired

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Timberline Treatment Center
(605) 722-3501
2910 4th Avenue
Spearfish, SD
Services Provided
Substance abuse
Types of Care
Residential long-term treatment (more than 30 days), Outpatient, Partial hospitalization/day treatment
Special Programs/Groups
Adolescents

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New Dawn Enterprises
(605) 465-2968
19271 Highway 79
Vale, SD
Services Provided
Substance abuse , Halfway house
Types of Care
Residential long-term treatment (more than 30 days)
Special Programs/Groups
Persons with co-occurring mental and substance abuse disorders, Men

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Avera Saint Lukes
(605) 622-5800
1400 15th Avenue NW
Aberdeen, SD
Hotline
(800) 952-2250
Services Provided
Substance abuse
Types of Care
Residential short-term treatment (30 days or less), Outpatient, Partial hospitalization/day treatment
Language Services
ASL or other assistance for hearing impaired

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Counseling Resources
(605) 331-2419
707 East 41st Street
Sioux Falls, SD
Services Provided
Substance abuse
Types of Care
Outpatient
Special Programs/Groups
DUI/DWI offenders
Language Services
Spanish

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East Central MH/CD Center Inc
(605) 697-2850
211 4th Street
Brookings, SD
Hotline
(605) 697-2850
Services Provided
Substance abuse
Types of Care
Outpatient
Special Programs/Groups
Adolescents, Persons with co-occurring mental and substance abuse disorders, DUI/DWI offenders, Criminal justice clients
Language Services
ASL or other assistance for hearing impaired

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First Step Counseling Services/SF
(605) 361-1505
4320 South Louise Avenue
Sioux Falls, SD
Services Provided
Substance abuse
Types of Care
Outpatient
Special Programs/Groups
DUI/DWI offenders

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Bowling Green Inn of SD
(605) 987-2751x107
1010 East 2nd Street
Canton, SD
Hotline
(605) 987-2751
Services Provided
Substance abuse , Detoxification, Buprenorphine Services
Types of Care
Hospital inpatient
Special Programs/Groups
Adolescents, Persons with co-occurring mental and substance abuse disorders, Women, Men, Criminal justice clients

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How Heterosexism Contributes to Substance Abuse

How Heterosexism Contributes to Substance Abuse

When treating LGBT clients, it is helpful for providers to understand the effect of heterosexism on their LGBT clients. The role of heterosexism in the etiology of substance abuse is unclear. Heterosexism instills shame in LGBT individuals, causing them to internalize the homophobia that is directed toward them by society (Neisen, 1990, 1993). Some LGBT individuals may use intoxicants to cope with shame and other negative feelings. Some LGBT individuals learn to devalue themselves and value only heterosexual persons instead. The negative effects of heterosexism include the following:

• Self-blame for the victimization one has suffered

• A negative self-concept as a result of negative messages about homosexuality

• Anger directed inward resulting in destructive patterns such as substance abuse

• A victim mentality or feelings of inadequacy, hopelessness, and despair that interfere with leading a fulfilling life

• Self-victimization that may hinder emotional growth and development.

Recognizing that heterosexism is a type of victimization helps the counselor and client draw a parallel with recovery from other types of victimization, whether they are culturally or individually based. It is crucial that counselors and clients recognize that these effects result from prejudice and discrimination and are not a consequence of one’s sexuality. It is not surprising to find that many LGBT individuals in therapy repo...

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