How Heterosexism Contributes to Substance Abuse Centerville UT

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.

Positive Adjustments Corporation
(801) 299-1323
48 East 400 South
Bountiful, UT
Services Provided
Substance abuse
Types of Care
Outpatient
Special Programs/Groups
DUI/DWI offenders

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Davis Behavioral Health Inc
(801) 298-3446
470 East Medical Drive
Bountiful, UT
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Substance abuse
Types of Care
Outpatient
Language Services
ASL or other assistance for hearing impaired

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First Step House
(801) 359-8862x114
411 Grant Street
Salt Lake City, UT
Services Provided
Substance abuse
Types of Care
Residential short-term treatment (30 days or less), Residential long-term treatment (more than 30 days), Partial hospitalization/day treatment
Special Programs/Groups
Men, DUI/DWI offenders

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University of Utah Medical Center
(801) 581-6228x581
30 North 1900 East Street
Salt Lake City, UT
Services Provided
Substance abuse
Types of Care
Outpatient
Special Programs/Groups
Women, Men, DUI/DWI offenders, Criminal justice clients

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Valley Mental Health
(801) 538-2057x228
443 South 600 East
Salt Lake City, UT
Services Provided
Substance abuse
Types of Care
Outpatient
Special Programs/Groups
Persons with co-occurring mental and substance abuse disorders, Persons with HIV/AIDS, Gays and Lesbians, Women, DUI/DWI offenders, Criminal justice clients
Language Services
ASL or other assistance for hearing impaired, Spanish

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Bountiful Treatment Center
(801) 292-2318
146 West 300 South Street
Bountiful, UT
Services Provided
Substance abuse , Detoxification, Methadone Maintenance, Methadone Detoxification, Buprenorphine Services
Types of Care
Outpatient

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Lakeview Hospital
(801) 299-2443
630 East Medical Drive
Bountiful, UT
Services Provided
Substance abuse , Detoxification, Buprenorphine Services
Types of Care
Hospital inpatient, Outpatient
Language Services
ASL or other assistance for hearing impaired

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LDS Hospital Intermountain Healthcare
(801) 408-5580
C Street and 8th Avenue
Salt Lake City, UT
Hotline
(801) 265-3049
Services Provided
Detoxification, Buprenorphine Services
Types of Care
Hospital inpatient, Outpatient
Language Services
ASL or other assistance for hearing impaired

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Odyssey House Inc
(801) 322-1001
1805 West Kimberly Circle
Salt Lake City, UT
Services Provided
Substance abuse
Types of Care
Outpatient

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Cornerstone Counseling Center
(801) 355-2846
660 South 200 East
Salt Lake City, UT
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Substance abuse
Types of Care
Outpatient
Special Programs/Groups
Adolescents, Women, Criminal justice clients
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Spanish

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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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