If Gay Means Happy, Why am I Always Getting High?

Philip T. McCabe, CSW, CAS, CDVC, DRCC

LGBT people are more likely to use alcohol, tobacco and other drugs than the general population. They are also less likely to abstain from alcohol, tobacco and other drugs, they report higher rates of substance abuse problems, and they are more likely to continue heavy drinking into later life. The workshop examines the complexity of sexual identity and gender expression, social and cultural variables, mental health, and trauma history that influence problematic use, abuse and dependence on alcohol, tobacco, drugs and other addictions. Participants will be better able to provide LGBTQ Affirmative treatment interventions in helping clients to enact behavior changes in the process of recovery from addictions.

Learning Objectives

  • Describe the impact of addictions on relationships, intimacy, and socialization for LGBTQ communities
  • Identify risk and promote protective factors for LGBTQ individuals
  • List local, state, and national resources available to assist providers and clients engaging in the recovery process

Substance Use in LGBT Communities
Risk and Protective Factors

Risk and Protective Factors, Cont.
Evidence Based Practices
Local and National Resources

CEs: 2 Clinical
Level: Intermediate

About the Presenter
Philip T. McCabe CSW, CAS, CDVC, DRCC is a Health Educator for Rutgers School of Public Health, Center for Public Health Workforce Development, and an adjunct instructor for Rutgers School of Nursing and School of Social Work. Additionally, Philip serves as the President of NALGAP The Association of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Addiction Professionals and Their Allies.

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