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How Heterosexism Contributes to Substance Abuse Metairie LA

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.

Addiction Recovery Resources of
(866) 399-4673x110
4836 Wabash Street
Metairie, LA
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Substance abuse , Detoxification, Buprenorphine Services
Types of Care
Residential short-term treatment (30 days or less), Residential long-term treatment (more than 30 days), Outpatient, Partial hospitalization/day treatment

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Ochsner Addictive Behavior
(504) 842-3999
1514 Jefferson Highway
New Orleans, LA
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Substance abuse , Detoxification
Types of Care
Outpatient, Partial hospitalization/day treatment

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Odyssey House Louisiana Inc
(504) 821-9211x14
1125 North Tonti Street
New Orleans, LA
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Substance abuse , Detoxification
Types of Care
Residential short-term treatment (30 days or less), Residential long-term treatment (more than 30 days), Outpatient
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Persons with HIV/AIDS, Pregnant/postpartum women, Women, Residential beds for clients' children, Men
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Central City Behavioral Health Center
(504) 568-6650
2221 Phillip Street
New Orleans, LA
Hotline
(800) 749-2673x0
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Substance abuse
Types of Care
Outpatient, Partial hospitalization/day treatment
Special Programs/Groups
Persons with co-occurring mental and substance abuse disorders
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ASL or other assistance for hearing impaired, Spanish

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Grace House
(504) 899-2423
1401 Delachaise Street
New Orleans, LA
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Substance abuse
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Residential long-term treatment (more than 30 days)
Special Programs/Groups
Persons with co-occurring mental and substance abuse disorders, Persons with HIV/AIDS, Gays and Lesbians, Seniors/older adults, Pregnant/postpartum women, Women, Criminal justice clients

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New Freedom Inc
(504) 888-8600
110 Veterans Memorial Boulevard
Metairie, LA
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Substance abuse
Types of Care
Outpatient
Special Programs/Groups
DUI/DWI offenders

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River Oaks Hospital
(504) 734-1740
1525 River Oaks Road West
New Orleans, LA
Hotline
(800) 366-1740
Services Provided
Substance abuse , Detoxification, Buprenorphine Services
Types of Care
Hospital inpatient, Outpatient, Partial hospitalization/day treatment
Special Programs/Groups
Persons with co-occurring mental and substance abuse disorders, DUI/DWI offenders, Criminal justice clients
Language Services
ASL or other assistance for hearing impaired, Spanish

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Family Services of Greater New Orleans
(504) 822-0800
2515 Canal Street
New Orleans, LA
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Substance abuse
Types of Care
Outpatient
Special Programs/Groups
DUI/DWI offenders, Criminal justice clients
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Spanish

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DRD New Orleans Medical Clinic
(504) 524-4701
417 South Johnson Street
New Orleans, LA
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Substance abuse , Detoxification, Methadone Maintenance, Methadone Detoxification
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Outpatient

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Southeast Louisiana Veterans Health
(504) 412-3700
1601 Perdido Street
New Orleans, LA
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Substance abuse , Detoxification
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Outpatient

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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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