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How Heterosexism Contributes to Substance Abuse Clovis NM

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.

Mental Health Resources Inc
(575) 769-2345x131
1100 West 21st Street
Clovis, NM
Hotline
(800) 432-2159
Services Provided
Substance abuse
Types of Care
Outpatient
Special Programs/Groups
Adolescents
Language Services
Spanish

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Ayudantes Inc
(505) 425-6786
3001 Hot Springs Boulevard
Las Vegas, NM
Services Provided
Substance abuse
Types of Care
Outpatient
Language Services
Spanish

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Border Area Mental Health Services Inc
(575) 533-6649
1 Foster Road
Reserve, NM
Hotline
(800) 426-0997
Services Provided
Substance abuse
Types of Care
Outpatient
Special Programs/Groups
DUI/DWI offenders

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Carlsbad Mental Health Association
(575) 885-4836
914 North Canal Street
Carlsbad, NM
Services Provided
Substance abuse
Types of Care
Outpatient
Special Programs/Groups
Adolescents

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Recovery Services of New Mexico
1528 Five Points Road
Albuquerque, NM
Services Provided
Substance abuse , Detoxification, Methadone Maintenance, Methadone Detoxification
Types of Care
Outpatient
Special Programs/Groups
DUI/DWI offenders
Language Services
Spanish

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Mental Health Resources Inc
(575) 359-1221
300 East 1st Street
Portales, NM
Services Provided
Substance abuse
Types of Care
Outpatient
Special Programs/Groups
Adolescents
Language Services
Spanish

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Albuquerque Hlthcare for the Homeless
(505) 766-5197
1217 1st Street
Albuquerque, NM
Services Provided
Substance abuse
Types of Care
Outpatient
Special Programs/Groups
Persons with co-occurring mental and substance abuse disorders, Women, Men
Language Services
Spanish

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Life Link
(505) 438-0010
2325 Cerrillos Road
Santa Fe, NM
Services Provided
Substance abuse , Detoxification, Buprenorphine Services
Types of Care
Outpatient
Special Programs/Groups
Persons with co-occurring mental and substance abuse disorders, DUI/DWI offenders, Criminal justice clients
Language Services
ASL or other assistance for hearing impaired, German, Spanish

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Right Step of Las Cruces
(000) 000-0000
2625 Pennsylvania Street NE
Albuquerque, NM
Services Provided
Substance abuse
Types of Care
Outpatient

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Family and Youth Inc
(575) 524-7711
2211 North Valley Drive
Las Cruces, NM
Services Provided
Substance abuse
Types of Care
Residential short-term treatment (30 days or less), Residential long-term treatment (more than 30 days)
Special Programs/Groups
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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