How Heterosexism Contributes to Substance Abuse South Bend IN

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.

YWCA of Saint Joseph County
(574) 233-9491
1102 South Fellows Street
South Bend, IN
Hotline
(866) 937-9922
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Substance abuse
Types of Care
Residential short-term treatment (30 days or less), Residential long-term treatment (more than 30 days), Outpatient
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Madison Center Inc
(574) 280-4655
801 East Washington Street
South Bend, IN
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Substance abuse
Types of Care
Outpatient
Special Programs/Groups
Persons with co-occurring mental and substance abuse disorders, Gays and Lesbians
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Crossroads Counseling
(574) 233-4183
2319 Edison Road
South Bend, IN
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Substance abuse
Types of Care
Outpatient

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(574) 233-1524
4005 Western Avenue
South Bend, IN
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Substance abuse , Detoxification, Methadone Maintenance, Methadone Detoxification
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Outpatient
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Addiction Recovery Centers Inc
(574) 807-8690
2012 Ironwood Circle
South Bend, IN
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Substance abuse
Types of Care
Outpatient

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Life Treatment Centers Inc
(574) 233-5433x218
1402 South Michigan Street
South Bend, IN
Services Provided
Substance abuse , Detoxification, Halfway house
Types of Care
Residential short-term treatment (30 days or less), Residential long-term treatment (more than 30 days), Outpatient
Special Programs/Groups
Pregnant/postpartum women, Women

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Madison Center Inc
(574) 282-8712
813 South Michigan Street
South Bend, IN
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Substance abuse
Types of Care
Partial hospitalization/day treatment
Special Programs/Groups
Persons with co-occurring mental and substance abuse disorders, Women, Men

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Dockside Services Inc
(574) 299-8595
2625 South Michigan Street
South Bend, IN
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(574) 299-8595
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Substance abuse
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Outpatient
Special Programs/Groups
Adolescents, Persons with co-occurring mental and substance abuse disorders, Women, Criminal justice clients
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ASL or other assistance for hearing impaired

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Addictions Recovery Centers Inc
(574) 807-8690
2012 Ironwood Circle
South Bend, IN
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Substance abuse
Types of Care
Outpatient

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(574) 784-2700
207 South Michigan Street
Lakeville, IN
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Substance abuse
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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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