How Heterosexism Contributes to Substance Abuse Providence RI

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.

MAP Behavioral Health Services Inc
(401) 785-0050
66 Burnett Street
Providence, RI
Services Provided
Substance abuse
Types of Care
Residential long-term treatment (more than 30 days), Outpatient
Special Programs/Groups
Persons with co-occurring mental and substance abuse disorders, Persons with HIV/AIDS, Men
Language Services
Spanish

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Providence Community Action Program
(401) 272-0660
662 Hartford Avenue
Providence, RI
Hotline
(401) 831-4570
Services Provided
Substance abuse
Types of Care
Outpatient
Special Programs/Groups
Adolescents, Women
Language Services
Spanish

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CODAC Providence
(401) 942-1450
349 Huntington Avenue
Providence, RI
Hotline
(401) 942-1450
Services Provided
Substance abuse , Detoxification, Methadone Maintenance, Methadone Detoxification
Types of Care
Outpatient
Special Programs/Groups
Adolescents
Language Services
ASL or other assistance for hearing impaired, Portugese, Spanish

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Phoenix House of New England
(401) 421-5255x3272
205 Waterman Street
Providence, RI
Services Provided
Substance abuse
Types of Care
Outpatient
Language Services
ASL or other assistance for hearing impaired, Spanish

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East Bay Center
(401) 431-9870
610 Wampanoag Trail
East Providence, RI
Hotline
(401) 246-0700
Services Provided
Substance abuse
Types of Care
Outpatient
Special Programs/Groups
Adolescents
Language Services
ASL or other assistance for hearing impaired

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Providence Metro Treatment Center
(401) 941-4488
160 Narragansett Avenue
Providence, RI
Services Provided
Substance abuse , Detoxification, Methadone Maintenance, Methadone Detoxification, Buprenorphine Services
Types of Care
Outpatient

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Family Service Inc
(401) 331-1350
55 Hope Street
Providence, RI
Services Provided
Substance abuse
Types of Care
Outpatient
Special Programs/Groups
Persons with co-occurring mental and substance abuse disorders, Persons with HIV/AIDS
Language Services
Spanish

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Butler Hospital
(401) 455-6214
345 Blackstone Boulevard
Providence, RI
Services Provided
Substance abuse , Detoxification, Methadone Detoxification, Buprenorphine Services
Types of Care
Hospital inpatient, Partial hospitalization/day treatment
Language Services
ASL or other assistance for hearing impaired, Spanish

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Discovery House
(401) 461-9110
66 Pavillion Avenue
Providence, RI
Hotline
(401) 461-6110
Services Provided
Substance abuse , Methadone Maintenance, Methadone Detoxification
Types of Care
Outpatient
Special Programs/Groups
Persons with co-occurring mental and substance abuse disorders, Pregnant/postpartum women
Language Services
Portugese, Spanish

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CODAC Behavioral Healthcare
(401) 434-4999
850 Waterman Avenue
East Providence, RI
Hotline
(401) 434-4999
Services Provided
Substance abuse , Detoxification, Methadone Maintenance, Methadone Detoxification
Types of Care
Outpatient
Language Services
ASL or other assistance for hearing impaired, Portugese, 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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