Drug addiction has been rife in the queer community for years.
Ever since we’ve learned to hate ourselves for our identities there have been those who turned to drugs to medicate their feelings of worthlessness and self-loathing. Despite the strides we have made in our fight for equality, this issue remains.
It can often be difficult to realise that we, or a friend, may be addicted to drugs. Recreational drug use has become so normalised, especially in the queer community where Chemsex and club drugs are common and considered part of the queer experience, that our addiction can go unrecognised for years before realising we have a problem.
It is because it is often too late that we need to educate ourselves of the signs of addiction earlier in our LGBTQ+ journey, so we can better spot it in ourselves, and our friends, and get help when needed.
We’ve put together a list that you, or someone you may know, may be addicted to drugs.
However it’s worth noting this list isn’t exhaustive, and just because some consumes drugs doesn’t mean they have an addiction.
Being able to talk openly about drug use with friends and family can be key to creating a healthier relationship with drugs, and allows others to talk candidly with you if they feel your drug use is getting uncontrollable.
Of course, just because you or someone you knows shows one or two of these signs it isn’t a definitive sign that you are addicted to drugs.
However, it may be a sign that you need to re-examine your relationship with drugs, and that there may be something deeper for you to look into. We often use drugs to hide us from feeling we want to avoid.
Beginning to explore your relationships with drugs is a huge step, and it’s important to remember there is no shame in being addicted to drugs or saying so. However, it is important to acknowledge that it can be dangerous so support is critical.
If you think you might be addicted to drugs, you need to seek professional support from medical professionals:
We provide a comprehensive article on Club Drugs; guiding you on taking drugs safely, because safety must always come first.
However, we’ve also put together a short list of Must knows to help you practice safe drug usage:
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