How Heterosexism Contributes to Substance Abuse Las Vegas NV

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.

Bridge Counseling Associates
(702) 474-6450
1701 West Charleston Boulevard
Las Vegas, NV
Hotline
(702) 474-6450
Services Provided
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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Korean, Spanish

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Choices Group Inc
(702) 252-8342x111
800 South Valley View Boulevard
Las Vegas, NV
Services Provided
Substance abuse
Types of Care
Outpatient
Special Programs/Groups
Adolescents, Persons with co-occurring mental and substance abuse disorders, Pregnant/postpartum women, Women, Men, Criminal justice clients
Language Services
Spanish

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Las Vegas Indian Center
(702) 647-5842x225
2300 West Bonanza Road
Las Vegas, NV
Services Provided
Substance abuse
Types of Care
Outpatient

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HELP of Southern Nevada
(702) 385-3776
1417 Las Vegas Boulevard North
Las Vegas, NV
Services Provided
Substance abuse
Types of Care
Residential long-term treatment (more than 30 days), Outpatient
Special Programs/Groups
Adolescents, Persons with co-occurring mental and substance abuse disorders, Pregnant/postpartum women, Men, Criminal justice clients
Language Services
Spanish

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Solutions Recovery Inc
(702) 228-8520
2975 South Rainbow
Las Vegas, NV
Services Provided
Substance abuse
Types of Care
Residential short-term treatment (30 days or less), Outpatient
Special Programs/Groups
Persons with co-occurring mental and substance abuse disorders

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Vegas Valley Treatment Center Inc
(702) 383-9890
1325 South Commerce Street
Las Vegas, NV
Services Provided
Substance abuse , Detoxification, Methadone Maintenance, Methadone Detoxification
Types of Care
Outpatient
Special Programs/Groups
Persons with co-occurring mental and substance abuse disorders
Language Services
Spanish

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Westcare Nevada Inc
(702) 385-3330
401 South Martin Luther King Boulevard
Las Vegas, NV
Services Provided
Substance abuse
Types of Care
Outpatient
Special Programs/Groups
Persons with co-occurring mental and substance abuse disorders
Language Services
Spanish

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Nevada Treatment Center
(702) 382-4226x246
1721 East Charleston Boulevard
Las Vegas, NV
Services Provided
Substance abuse , Detoxification, Methadone Maintenance, Methadone Detoxification
Types of Care
Outpatient
Special Programs/Groups
Women, Men

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Family and Child Trt of Southern NV
(702) 258-5855
1050 South Rainbow Boulevard
Las Vegas, NV
Services Provided
Substance abuse
Types of Care
Outpatient
Special Programs/Groups
Adolescents

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Mesa Family Counseling
(702) 383-6001
1000 South 3rd Street
Las Vegas, NV
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Substance abuse
Types of Care
Outpatient
Special Programs/Groups
DUI/DWI offenders
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ASL or other assistance for hearing impaired

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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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