How Heterosexism Contributes to Substance Abuse Coeur D Alene ID

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.

Port of Hope Centers Inc
(208) 664-3300
218 North 23rd Street
Coeur d Alene, ID
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Substance abuse , Detoxification
Types of Care
Residential short-term treatment (30 days or less), Outpatient
Special Programs/Groups
Women, Men, DUI/DWI offenders

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Chem Depend Servs Inpt/Outpt
(208) 666-3890
2003 Lincoln Way
Coeur d Alene, ID
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Substance abuse
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Hospital inpatient, Outpatient
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Persons with co-occurring mental and substance abuse disorders, Women, Men

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New Horizon Counseling Services Valley
(509) 927-1543
15407 East Mission Street
Veradale, WA
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Substance abuse treatment
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Outpatient
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Behavioral Reform Inc
(208) 232-4669
310 North Shilling Avenue
Blackfoot, ID
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Substance abuse
Types of Care
Outpatient
Special Programs/Groups
Adolescents, Persons with co-occurring mental and substance abuse disorders, Criminal justice clients
Language Services
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Supportive Housing and Innovative
(208) 331-0900
2801 West Moore Street
Boise, ID
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Substance abuse , Halfway house
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Outpatient

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Alliance Family Services North Inc
(208) 667-2979
1200 IronWood Drive
Coeur d Alene, ID
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Substance abuse
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Outpatient
Special Programs/Groups
Adolescents, Persons with co-occurring mental and substance abuse disorders, Pregnant/postpartum women, Women, Men, DUI/DWI offenders, Criminal justice clients

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Powder Basin Associates
(208) 762-3979
7905 Meadowlark Way
Coeur d Alene, ID
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Substance abuse
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Outpatient
Special Programs/Groups
Adolescents, Women, DUI/DWI offenders, Criminal justice clients

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Road To Recovery Inc
(208) 384-4234
5460 Franklin Road
Boise, ID
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Substance abuse , Detoxification
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Outpatient
Special Programs/Groups
Women, Men, Criminal justice clients
Language Services
ASL or other assistance for hearing impaired

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Integrity Therapeutic Service
(208) 459-4412
1818 10th Avenue
Caldwell, ID
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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

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(208) 678-9114
2303 Park Avenue
Burley, ID
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Substance abuse
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Outpatient
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Adolescents, Persons with co-occurring mental and substance abuse disorders, Pregnant/postpartum women, Women, DUI/DWI offenders, Criminal justice clients

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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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