How Heterosexism Contributes to Substance Abuse Winnemucca NV

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.

Silver Sage Counseling Services
(775) 623-3626
530 Melarkey Street
Winnemucca, NV
Hotline
(775) 738-8004
Services Provided
Substance abuse
Types of Care
Outpatient
Special Programs/Groups
DUI/DWI offenders

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Carson City Community Counseling Ctr
(775) 882-3945
205 South Pratt Avenue
Carson City, NV
Services Provided
Substance abuse , Halfway house
Types of Care
Outpatient
Special Programs/Groups
Adolescents, Women, Men, Criminal justice clients
Language Services
ASL or other assistance for hearing impaired, Spanish

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Salvation Army
(702) 399-2769x10
211 Judson Avenue
North Las Vegas, NV
Services Provided
Substance abuse , Halfway house
Types of Care
Residential long-term treatment (more than 30 days)
Special Programs/Groups
Persons with co-occurring mental and substance abuse disorders, Pregnant/postpartum women, Women, Men

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Family Counseling Service of
(775) 688-2182
480 Galletti Way
Sparks, NV
Services Provided
Substance abuse
Types of Care
Outpatient

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Community Counseling Center
(702) 369-8700x246
1120 Almond Tree Lane
Las Vegas, NV
Services Provided
Substance abuse , Halfway house
Types of Care
Outpatient
Special Programs/Groups
Adolescents, Persons with co-occurring mental and substance abuse disorders, Persons with HIV/AIDS, Gays and Lesbians, Women, Men, DUI/DWI offenders, Criminal justice clients
Language Services
ASL or other assistance for hearing impaired, Spanish

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Bristlecone Family Resources
(775) 954-1400
1725 South McCarran Boulevard
Reno, NV
Hotline
(775) 954-1400
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, Partial hospitalization/day treatment
Special Programs/Groups
Women, Men, DUI/DWI offenders

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Owyhee Community Health Facility
(775) 757-2415
225 Nevada Highway
Owyhee, NV
Services Provided
Substance abuse
Types of Care
Outpatient

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Westcare Nevada Inc
(702) 383-4044x27
930 North 4th Street
Las Vegas, NV
Hotline
(702) 383-4044
Services Provided
Detoxification
Types of Care
Residential short-term treatment (30 days or less)
Language Services
Spanish

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Behavioral Health Services
(775) 445-7756
1001 North Mountain St Ross Boulevard
Carson City, NV
Hotline
(775) 885-8866
Services Provided
Substance abuse , Detoxification
Types of Care
Outpatient
Special Programs/Groups
Adolescents, Persons with co-occurring mental and substance abuse disorders, DUI/DWI offenders
Language Services
ASL or other assistance for hearing impaired

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Westcare Nevada Inc
(702) 385-2020x0
4300 Harris Springs Road
Las Vegas, NV
Hotline
(702) 385-2020
Services Provided
Substance abuse
Types of Care
Residential long-term treatment (more than 30 days)
Special Programs/Groups
Adolescents, Persons with co-occurring mental and substance abuse disorders, Men

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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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