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How Heterosexism Contributes to Substance Abuse Brookings 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.

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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Community Counseling Services
(605) 256-9656
914 NE 3rd Street
Madison, SD
Services Provided
Substance abuse
Types of Care
Outpatient
Special Programs/Groups
Adolescents, Persons with co-occurring mental and substance abuse disorders, Women, Men, DUI/DWI offenders, Criminal justice clients
Language Services
ASL or other assistance for hearing impaired, Spanish

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Northern Hills Alcohol/Drug Services
(605) 787-9200
7205 Timberline Road
Black Hawk, SD
Services Provided
Substance abuse
Types of Care
Residential short-term treatment (30 days or less), Outpatient
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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Choices Recovery Services LLC/Mitchell
(605) 996-1647
728 North Kimball Street
Mitchell, SD
Services Provided
Substance abuse
Types of Care
Outpatient
Special Programs/Groups
DUI/DWI offenders

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First Step Counseling Servs/Brookings
(605) 693-3629
7020 Sunset Road
Brookings, SD
Services Provided
Substance abuse , Detoxification
Types of Care
Outpatient
Special Programs/Groups
DUI/DWI offenders

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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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Roads Inc
(605) 348-8026
520 Kansas City Street
Rapid City, SD
Services Provided
Substance abuse
Types of Care
Outpatient
Special Programs/Groups
Persons with co-occurring mental and substance abuse disorders, Persons with HIV/AIDS, Criminal justice clients

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Three Rivers Mental Health and
(605) 374-3862
11 East 4th Street
Lemmon, SD
Services Provided
Substance abuse
Types of Care
Outpatient
Special Programs/Groups
Adolescents, DUI/DWI offenders

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Sisseton Wahpeton Sioux Tribe
(605) 698-3917
388 Dakota Avenue
Sisseton, SD
Hotline
(605) 742-3114
Services Provided
Substance abuse
Types of Care
Hospital inpatient, Outpatient
Special Programs/Groups
Pregnant/postpartum women, Women, DUI/DWI offenders

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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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