How Heterosexism Contributes to Substance Abuse Weirton WV

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.

HealthWays Inc
(304) 723-5440
501 Colliers Way
Weirton, WV
Hotline
(304) 797-6000
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Substance abuse treatment
Types of Care
Outpatient
Special Programs/Groups
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Jefferson Behavioral Health System
(740) 284-7165
200 North 4th Street
Steubenville, OH
Hotline
(740) 264-1627
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Substance abuse
Types of Care
Outpatient
Special Programs/Groups
Persons with co-occurring mental and substance abuse disorders, DUI/DWI offenders, Criminal justice clients

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Trinity Health System Behav Med Center
(740) 283-7024
380 Summit Avenue
Steubenville, OH
Hotline
(740) 283-7024
Services Provided
Substance abuse , Detoxification
Types of Care
Hospital inpatient, Outpatient, Partial hospitalization/day treatment
Special Programs/Groups
Adolescents, Seniors/older adults, DUI/DWI offenders
Language Services
ASL or other assistance for hearing impaired

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Tom Rutter House
(412) 766-8700x1155
100 Moffett Run Road
Aliquippa, PA
Services Provided
Substance abuse , Halfway house
Types of Care
Residential long-term treatment (more than 30 days)
Special Programs/Groups
Men
Language Services
ASL or other assistance for hearing impaired

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Health Masters Inc
(724) 857-9640
400 Woodlawn Road
Aliquippa, PA
Services Provided
Substance abuse , Methadone Maintenance
Types of Care
Outpatient

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Jefferson Behavioral Health System
(740) 598-4131
202 Township Road
Mingo Junction, OH
Hotline
(740) 264-1627
Services Provided
Substance abuse , 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
Persons with co-occurring mental and substance abuse disorders, Persons with HIV/AIDS, Pregnant/postpartum women, DUI/DWI offenders, Criminal justice clients

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Travco Behavioral Health Services
(740) 284-0163
820 North 4th Street
Steubenville, OH
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Substance abuse
Types of Care
Outpatient
Special Programs/Groups
Adolescents
Language Services
ASL or other assistance for hearing impaired, Spanish

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Way Station Inc
(330) 385-7510
432 West 5th Street
East Liverpool, OH
Services Provided
Substance abuse
Types of Care
Residential long-term treatment (more than 30 days), Outpatient, Partial hospitalization/day treatment
Special Programs/Groups
Adolescents

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(877) 451-7799
524 Franklin Avenue
Aliquippa, PA
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Substance abuse
Types of Care
Outpatient
Special Programs/Groups
Adolescents

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Gateway Rehabilitation Center
(412) 766-8700x1101
100 Moffett Run Road
Aliquippa, PA
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Substance abuse , Detoxification
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Residential short-term treatment (30 days or less), Outpatient, Partial hospitalization/day treatment
Special Programs/Groups
Adolescents, Women, Men
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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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