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How Heterosexism Contributes to Substance Abuse Boiling Springs SC

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.

Don Foster and Associates Inc
(864) 542-2211
975 Asheville Highway
Spartanburg, SC
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Substance abuse
Types of Care
Outpatient
Special Programs/Groups
Persons with co-occurring mental and substance abuse disorders, Men, Criminal justice clients

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Cherokee County Commission on
(864) 487-2721
201 West Montgomery Street
Gaffney, SC
Hotline
(866) 331-4793
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Substance abuse
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Outpatient
Special Programs/Groups
Adolescents, Women, Men, DUI/DWI offenders, Criminal justice clients
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ASL or other assistance for hearing impaired

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Universal Mental Health Services Inc
(828) 245-8886
136 Commercial Drive
Forest City, NC
Hotline
(828) 245-8886
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Substance abuse
Types of Care
Outpatient
Special Programs/Groups
Women, DUI/DWI offenders, Criminal justice clients

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Springs Memorial Hospital
(803) 286-1491
800 West Meeting Street
Lancaster, SC
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Substance abuse , Detoxification
Types of Care
Hospital inpatient, Residential short-term treatment (30 days or less), Outpatient, Partial hospitalization/day treatment

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Aurora Pavilion Behavioral Hlth Servs
(803) 641-5900
655 Medical Park Drive
Aiken, SC
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Substance abuse , Detoxification
Types of Care
Hospital inpatient, Outpatient, Partial hospitalization/day treatment
Special Programs/Groups
Adolescents
Language Services
ASL or other assistance for hearing impaired, Spanish

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Spartanburg Alc and D A Commission
(864) 582-7588
187 West Broad Street
Spartanburg, SC
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Substance abuse
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Outpatient
Special Programs/Groups
Adolescents, DUI/DWI offenders, Criminal justice clients
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ASL or other assistance for hearing impaired, Spanish

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Carolina Center for Behavioral Health
(864) 235-2335
2700 East Phillip Road
Greer, SC
Hotline
(864) 235-2335
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Substance abuse , Detoxification, Buprenorphine Services
Types of Care
Hospital inpatient, Outpatient, Partial hospitalization/day treatment
Special Programs/Groups
Adolescents, Persons with co-occurring mental and substance abuse disorders, Seniors/older adults
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ASL or other assistance for hearing impaired

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Center for Behavioral Health
(843) 529-0700
2301 Cosgrove Avenue
Charleston, SC
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Substance abuse , Detoxification, Methadone Maintenance, Methadone Detoxification, Buprenorphine Services
Types of Care
Outpatient
Language Services
ASL or other assistance for hearing impaired

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Alpha Center
(803) 432-6902
709 Mill Street
Camden, SC
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Substance abuse
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Outpatient
Special Programs/Groups
Adolescents, Men, DUI/DWI offenders, Criminal justice clients

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Trinity Behavioral Care
(843) 774-6591
204 Martin Luther King Jr Boulevard
Dillon, SC
Hotline
(800) 302-1048
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Substance abuse
Types of Care
Outpatient
Special Programs/Groups
Adolescents, Women, DUI/DWI offenders, Criminal justice clients
Language Services
ASL or other assistance for hearing impaired

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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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