Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning communities are under served and often unrecognized. However, they comprise a larger proportion of people needing substance use disorder treatment than is commonly assumed. In order to offer effective care for LGBTQ clients, services need to be sensitive, affirming, and culturally relevant. Providers need to know and understand the interaction between LGBTQ issues and substance use and be familiar with issues and barriers faced by those seeking treatment.
This is the first of three Addiction Messenger issues that feature information drawn from the curriculum, “A Provider’s Introduction to Substance Abuse Treatment for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Individuals”. This issue discusses terminology, research, and considerations in assessing staff and agency ability to provide effective services for the LGBTQ population.