Providing Care for Addictions in the LGBT Community

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LGBT people have disproportionately high prevalence of substance use disorders compared with the general population. This higher prevalence of addictions is viewed as a downstream consequence of pervasive minority stress that occurs in the context of stigma-related discrimination and victimization. Substance use among LGBT people is often a coping strategy for trauma-related symptoms and can be associated with poor self-care, including compromised engagement in care for HIV treatment and prevention. In this webinar, Alex S. Keuroghlian, MD, MPH, will discuss a minority stress framework for understanding substance use disorders in the LGBT community, describe how to tailor evidence-based addictions treatment practices for LGBT patients, and present systems-level approaches for health centers to better address substance use disorders, including the opioid epidemic, among LGBT people through behavioral health integration.