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Research indicates that LGBTQ people use some substances, such as tobacco, alcohol, and other drugs, at a rate 2-4 times that of the broader population. LGBTQ substance use must be understood within the context of the stigma, prejudice, and discrimination to which LGBTQ people are constantly exposed. The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health notes that “isolation, alienation and discrimination from a homophobic society is stressful,” and that escaping from these feelings is one of the main reasons why LGBTQ people use substances.

When substances are illegal and unregulated there is no control over their purity or strength. This puts people who use substances at added risk for illness and overdose. People may also face risks such as criminalization, stigma, and discrimination as a result of their substance use. For these reasons, people who use substances may be hesitant to discuss their use, even with their health care providers. Substance use is often viewed as a source of harm. While this can be true, it is also important to recognize substance use as a way to reduce harm and suffering in people’s lives as well. Use may mitigate emotional or physical pain, or it may enable people to socialize with others and find a community of support and acceptance. For this reason, it is important to understand substance use in the context of an individual’s social and personal life. This is especially true of LGBTQ people who experience high rates of discrimination and stigma.

Types of Substance Abuse
  • Alcohol
  • Controlled Drugs
  • Illegal Drugs
  • Prescription Drugs

Resources

Alcohol Help Centre

www.alcoholhelpcentre.net

Rainbow Recovery

Windsor-Essex Pride Fest
536 Pelissier Street
Windsor, ONT, N9A 4L1

Alcoholics Anonymous (Essex)

Phone: 519-999-1234
www.essexcountyaa.com

Alcoholics Anonymous® is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism. The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop drinking.

Teen Health Centre

1361 Ouellette Ave #101
Windsor ON, N8X 1J6
Phone: 519-253-8481
www.wechc.org/teenhealth_home

Teen Health is located at 1361 Ouellette and provides Primary Care and Counselling to youth between the ages of 12 and 24 years. Individuals come to us for Physical and Mental Health (individual and group counseling is available); Eating Disorders; Substance Abuse; Parent Support (support for parents and guardians of adolescents) and Pre and Post Natal for young moms.

Alcoholics Anonymous (Windsor)

Phone: 519-256-9975
www.windsoraa.org

Alcoholics Anonymous® is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism. The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop drinking.

Windsor-Essex Community Health

1361 Ouellette Avenue #101
Windsor, ONT, N8X 1J6
Phone: 519-253-8481
www.wechc.org

As a community Health Centre our Mission is to support the health and wellness of our vulnerable population in everything we do.

Brentwood Recovery Home

2335 Dougall Avenue
Windsor, ON, N8X1S9
Phone: 519.253.2441
www.brentwoodrecovery.com

Brentwood is a Recovery Home committed to providing lifelong compassionate care and abstinence based treatment in a residential setting for people whose primary problem is alcohol & drug abuse while providing non-residential support for family members.

Windsor-Essex County Health Unit (Essex Office)

360 Fairview Ave. West, Suite 215
Essex, ON, N8M 3G4
Phone: 519-776-5933
www.wechu.org

Public health programs keep our community healthy by promoting improved health, preventing disease and injury, controlling threats to human life and function, and facilitating social conditions to ensure equal opportunity in attaining health for all.

Hotel-Dieu Grace Healthcare – Addiction Assessment & Out Patient Services

3740 Connaught Avenue
Windsor, ON, N9C 3Z4
Phone: 519-257-5220

Designated assessment and referral center in Windsor-Essex for persons in need of an addiction intake and access to treatment for addictions - alcohol and/or drugs.

Windsor-Essex County Health Unit (Leamington Office)

33 Princess Street
Leamington, ON, N8H 5C5
Phone: 519-326-5716
www.wechu.org

Public health programs keep our community healthy by promoting improved health, preventing disease and injury, controlling threats to human life and function, and facilitating social conditions to ensure equal opportunity in attaining health for all.

Kids Help Phone

1-800-668-6868
www.kidshelpphone.ca

Kids Help Phone is Canada's only national 24-hour, bilingual and anonymous phone counselling, web counselling and referral service for children and youth. Our service is completely anonymous and confidential - we don't trace calls, we don't have call display.

Windsor-Essex County Health Unit (Windsor Office)

1005 Ouellette Avenue
Windsor, ON, N9A 4J8
Ph: 519-258-2146
www.wechu.org

Public health programs keep our community healthy by promoting improved health, preventing disease and injury, controlling threats to human life and function, and facilitating social conditions to ensure equal opportunity in attaining health for all.

 
 
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