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How Heterosexism Contributes to Substance Abuse Dubuque IA

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.

Substance Abuse Services Center Inc
(563) 582-3784
Nesler Centre
Dubuque, IA
Services Provided
Substance abuse
Types of Care
Outpatient
Special Programs/Groups
Adolescents, Pregnant/postpartum women, Women, Men, Criminal justice clients
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ASL or other assistance for hearing impaired

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Sojourn House Inc
(815) 777-1104
706 South West Street
Galena, IL
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Substance abuse
Types of Care
Outpatient
Special Programs/Groups
DUI/DWI offenders

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New Life Outpatient Center Inc
(563) 355-0055
Paul Revere Square Suite 200 North
Davenport, IA
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Substance abuse
Types of Care
Outpatient
Special Programs/Groups
Adolescents, DUI/DWI offenders

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Community and Family Resources
(515) 232-3206
1619 South High Avenue
Ames, IA
Services Provided
Substance abuse
Types of Care
Outpatient, Partial hospitalization/day treatment

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New Opportunities Substance Abuse
(712) 563-2777
413 Tracy Street
Audubon, IA
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Substance abuse
Types of Care
Outpatient
Language Services
Spanish

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Mercy Turning Point Treatment Center
(563) 589-8000x8290
250 Mercy Drive
Dubuque, IA
Hotline
(563) 589-8280
Services Provided
Substance abuse , Detoxification
Types of Care
Hospital inpatient, Outpatient
Special Programs/Groups
Adolescents

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Community and Family Resources
(515) 602-6292
120 Central Avenue East
Clarion, IA
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Substance abuse
Types of Care
Outpatient

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New Opportunities Inc
(712) 662-7921
116 South State Street
Sac City, IA
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Substance abuse
Types of Care
Outpatient
Language Services
ASL or other assistance for hearing impaired

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SIEDA Substance Abuse Services
(641) 872-2200
215 West State Street
Corydon, IA
Services Provided
Substance abuse
Types of Care
Outpatient
Special Programs/Groups
Adolescents, Persons with co-occurring mental and substance abuse disorders

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VA Central Iowa Healthcare System
(515) 699-5999
3600 30th Street
Des Moines, IA
Hotline
(515) 699-5999
Services Provided
Substance abuse , Detoxification
Types of Care
Residential long-term treatment (more than 30 days), Outpatient, Partial hospitalization/day treatment

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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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