How Heterosexism Contributes to Substance Abuse Hobbs 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.

Guidance Center of Lea County Inc
(575) 393-3168
920 West Broadway
Hobbs, NM
Hotline
(575) 393-6633
Services Provided
Substance abuse
Types of Care
Outpatient, Partial hospitalization/day treatment
Special Programs/Groups
Persons with co-occurring mental and substance abuse disorders, Pregnant/postpartum women
Language Services
ASL or other assistance for hearing impaired, Spanish

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Guidance Center of Lea County Inc
(505) 396-3818
315 North 1st Street
Lovington, NM
Services Provided
Substance abuse
Types of Care
Outpatient

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Evolution Group Inc
(505) 242-6988x108
218 Broadway Boulevard SE
Albuquerque, NM
Services Provided
Substance abuse
Types of Care
Outpatient
Special Programs/Groups
Persons with co-occurring mental and substance abuse disorders, Gays and Lesbians, Women, Men, DUI/DWI offenders, Criminal justice clients
Language Services
Keres, Spanish, Tiwa

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Premier Care of New Mexico
2465 South Telshor Boulevard
Las Cruces, NM
Services Provided
Substance abuse , Methadone Maintenance
Types of Care
Outpatient
Language Services
Spanish

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Hoy Recovery Program Inc
(505) 852-2580
State Road 68 Marker 8
Alcalde, NM
Services Provided
Substance abuse , Detoxification, Halfway house
Types of Care
Residential short-term treatment (30 days or less), Residential long-term treatment (more than 30 days)
Special Programs/Groups
Pregnant/postpartum women, Women, Men, Criminal justice clients
Language Services
Spanish

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Guidance Center of Lea County Inc
(505) 396-3818
315 North 1st Street
Lovington, NM
Services Provided
Substance abuse
Types of Care
Outpatient

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Albuquerque Treatment Center (ATC) I
(505) 217-3416
209 San Mateo Boulevard NE
Albuquerque, NM
Services Provided
Substance abuse , Methadone Maintenance, Methadone Detoxification
Types of Care
Outpatient
Special Programs/Groups
Persons with co-occurring mental and substance abuse disorders, Persons with HIV/AIDS, Gays and Lesbians, Seniors/older adults, Women, Men, Criminal justice clients
Language Services
Navajo, Spanish

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Southwest Counseling Center Inc
(575) 647-2800
118 South Downtown Mall
Las Cruces, NM
Hotline
(505) 526-3371
Services Provided
Substance abuse
Types of Care
Outpatient
Special Programs/Groups
Persons with co-occurring mental and substance abuse disorders, Women, DUI/DWI offenders, Criminal justice clients
Language Services
ASL or other assistance for hearing impaired, Spanish

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Families And Youth Inc
(575) 522-4004
1320 South Solano Street
Las Cruces, NM
Hotline
(575) 522-4004
Services Provided
Substance abuse , Halfway house
Types of Care
Outpatient
Special Programs/Groups
Adolescents, Persons with co-occurring mental and substance abuse disorders, Criminal justice clients
Language Services
Spanish

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Taos/Colfax Community Services Inc
(505) 445-2754
220 4th Avenue
Raton, NM
Services Provided
Substance abuse
Types of Care
Outpatient, Partial hospitalization/day treatment
Special Programs/Groups
DUI/DWI offenders, Criminal justice clients
Language Services
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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