How Heterosexism Contributes to Substance Abuse Bismarck ND

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.

Audrey Kazmierczak Counseling Service
(701) 471-1170
418 East Rosser Avenue
Bismarck, ND
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Substance abuse
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Outpatient
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(701) 426-6308
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Bismarck, ND
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Substance abuse
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DUI/DWI offenders
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Bismarck, ND
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Substance abuse , Detoxification, Buprenorphine Services
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Outpatient, Partial hospitalization/day treatment
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Adolescents, Persons with co-occurring mental and substance abuse disorders
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(701) 224-1615
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Substance abuse
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Outpatient
Special Programs/Groups
Adolescents, DUI/DWI offenders

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New Freedom Center
(701) 222-4673
905 East Interstate Avenue
Bismarck, ND
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(800) 334-8244
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Substance abuse , Buprenorphine Services
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Residential short-term treatment (30 days or less), Residential long-term treatment (more than 30 days), Outpatient, Partial hospitalization/day treatment
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Adolescents, DUI/DWI offenders

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Heartview Foundation
(701) 222-0386
101 East Broadway
Bismarck, ND
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Substance abuse
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Outpatient, Partial hospitalization/day treatment
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DUI/DWI offenders

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(701) 328-8888
Prairie Hills Plaza
Bismarck, ND
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(701) 328-8899
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Substance abuse , Detoxification
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Outpatient, Partial hospitalization/day treatment
Special Programs/Groups
Adolescents, Persons with co-occurring mental and substance abuse disorders
Language Services
ASL or other assistance for hearing impaired

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DE Counseling Service
(701) 255-2756
418 East Rosser Avenue
Bismarck, ND
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Substance abuse
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Outpatient
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(701) 223-4517x26
3230 East Thayer Avenue
Bismarck, ND
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(701) 226-6752
1720 Burnt Boat Road
Bismarck, ND
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Substance abuse
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Adolescents, Persons with co-occurring mental and substance abuse disorders

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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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