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The Importance of Sober Spaces for Queer Folks

There is no denying that gay bars and nightclubs have played a pivotal role in LGBTQ+ history and the emergence of the Pride culture. For many years, it's been the only accessible and safe space for Queer people to be themselves without fearing discrimination or violence.  Hence, LGBTQ+ individuals in recovery from substance abuse or drug addiction struggle to express...

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A Brief History of Addiction in the Queer Community

Data from various national surveys conducted worldwide consistently show that people who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or queer (LGBTQ+) face significant risks of substance addiction. But why is this the case? When did this all start? To shed light on this topic, let’s delve deeper into the history of addiction in the queer community.  The Role of Gay...

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The Dangers of Alcohol & Drug Abuse in Gay Nightlife Culture

Despite the LGBTQ+ community's relentless efforts towards spreading awareness on sexual and gender diversity and pushing for equality, oppression, and discrimination against them as a sexual minority still exist. Based on studies, these struggles remain to be the biggest contributing factors to the alarmingly high rates of alcohol abuse and drug addiction among individuals who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual,...

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The Connection Between Mental Illness and Addiction

Like in every part of the world, mental illness and addiction is a looming health crisis in our country.  A Canadian health survey in 2012 revealed that approximately 2.8 million Canadians or 10.1% of the population reported symptoms consistent with at least one of six mental or substance use disorders. These numbers continue to soar each day, with 1 in...

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Getting to the Root Cause of Addiction vs. Just Detoxing

Drug detox can pave the way towards the start of a potentially promising drug addiction treatment, but it cannot cure addiction on its own. When done appropriately with the guidance of a medical professional, it can be instrumental in helping anyone struggling with substance abuse take the first step to break free from their dependence.  But drug detox is not...

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