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How Heterosexism Contributes to Substance Abuse Rock Springs WY

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.

Northern Wyoming Mental Health Center
(307) 746-4456
420 Deanne Avenue
Newcastle, WY
Hotline
(307) 746-4456
Services Provided
Substance abuse treatment
Types of Care
Outpatient
Special Programs/Groups
Women, DUI/DWI offenders
Language Services
ASL or other assistance for hearing impaired

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Fremont Counseling Service
(307) 332-2231
748 Main Street
Lander, WY
Hotline
(800) 857-7489
Services Provided
Substance abuse treatment
Types of Care
Outpatient, Partial hospitalization/day treatment
Special Programs/Groups
Adolescents, Persons with co-occurring mental and substance abuse disorders, DUI/DWI offenders, Criminal justice clients
Language Services
ASL or other assistance for hearing impaired

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Casper VA Outpatient Clinic
(307) 235-4143
4140 South Poplar Street
Casper, WY
Services Provided
Substance abuse treatment, Detoxification
Types of Care
Outpatient
Special Programs/Groups
Persons with co-occurring mental and substance abuse disorders, DUI/DWI offenders

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Peak Wellness Center
(307) 532-4091
501 Albany Avenue
Torrington, WY
Hotline
(307) 532-4091
Services Provided
Substance abuse treatment
Types of Care
Outpatient
Special Programs/Groups
Adolescents, Persons with co-occurring mental and substance abuse disorders, Women, Men, DUI/DWI offenders
Language Services
ASL or other assistance for hearing impaired, Spanish

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Cheyenne Community Drug Abuse
(307) 635-0256
1920 Thomes Avenue
Cheyenne, WY
Hotline
(307) 635-0256
Services Provided
Substance abuse treatment
Types of Care
Outpatient
Special Programs/Groups
Adolescents, Pregnant/postpartum women, Women, Men, DUI/DWI offenders, Criminal justice clients
Language Services
ASL or other assistance for hearing impaired, Spanish

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Northern Wyoming Mental Health Center
(307) 684-5531
521 West Lott Street
Buffalo, WY
Hotline
(307) 684-5531
Services Provided
Substance abuse treatment
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
Language Services
ASL or other assistance for hearing impaired, Polish, Spanish

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Carbon County Counseling Center
(307) 324-7156
721 West Maple Street
Rawlins, WY
Hotline
(307) 324-7156
Services Provided
Substance abuse treatment
Types of Care
Outpatient
Special Programs/Groups
Adolescents, DUI/DWI offenders, Criminal justice clients

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New Horizons
(307) 237-7077
837 East C Street
Casper, WY
Services Provided
Substance abuse treatment
Types of Care
Residential short-term treatment (30 days or less), Residential long-term treatment (more than 30 days)
Special Programs/Groups
Persons with co-occurring mental and substance abuse disorders, Men, Criminal justice clients
Language Services
ASL or other assistance for hearing impaired

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Peak Wellness Center
(307) 745-8915x251
1263 North 15th Street
Laramie, WY
Hotline
(307) 745-8915
Services Provided
Substance abuse treatment
Types of Care
Outpatient
Special Programs/Groups
Adolescents, Persons with co-occurring mental and substance abuse disorders, Persons with HIV/AIDS, Women
Language Services
ASL or other assistance for hearing impaired

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Central Wyoming Counseling Center
(307) 237-9583
1430 Wilkins Circle
Casper, WY
Services Provided
Substance abuse treatment
Types of Care
Outpatient
Special Programs/Groups
Adolescents, Persons with co-occurring mental and substance abuse disorders, Pregnant/postpartum women, Women, Criminal justice clients
Language Services
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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