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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Presbyterian Medical Services
(505) 289-3291
6439 Highway 550
Cuba, NM
Hotline
(888) 920-6333
Services Provided
Substance abuse
Types of Care
Outpatient
Special Programs/Groups
Persons with co-occurring mental and substance abuse disorders
Language Services
Navajo, Spanish

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Mental Health Resources Inc
(575) 355-2414
546 North 10th Street
Fort Sumner, NM
Services Provided
Substance abuse , Buprenorphine Services
Types of Care
Outpatient

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Presbyterian Medical Services
(505) 564-4804
1615 Ojo Court
Farmington, NM
Hotline
(505) 325-1906
Services Provided
Substance abuse
Types of Care
Outpatient
Special Programs/Groups
Women, Men
Language Services
ASL or other assistance for hearing impaired, Navajo, Spanish

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New Mexico Rehabilitation Center
(505) 347-3431
31 Gail Harris Avenue
Roswell, NM
Services Provided
Substance abuse , Detoxification
Types of Care
Hospital inpatient, Residential short-term treatment (30 days or less)
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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Tri-County
(505) 374-2032
103 Walnut Street
Clayton, NM
Hotline
(505) 374-2032
Services Provided
Substance abuse
Types of Care
Outpatient

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Sierra Vista Hospital
(575) 894-2111
800 East 9th Avenue
Truth or Consequences, NM
Hotline
(575) 743-1380
Services Provided
Substance abuse
Types of Care
Outpatient
Special Programs/Groups
Criminal justice clients
Language Services
Spanish

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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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Santa Domingo Health Clinic
(505) 465-3060
85 West Highway 22
Santo Domingo Pueblo, NM
Hotline
(505) 465-3060
Services Provided
Substance abuse , Detoxification
Types of Care
Outpatient
Special Programs/Groups
Persons with co-occurring mental and substance abuse disorders, DUI/DWI offenders

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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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