Oxycodone Addiction in the LGBT Community

Oxycodone Addiction in the LGBT CommunityPeople within the LGBT community often struggle with stress or emotional pain caused by discrimination and their marginalization in society. Some lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals choose drugs or alcohol as a way to cope with this pain. Oxycodone is a narcotic pain reliever used to treat pain after surgery, as a result of injury, or from a chronic condition that causes pain. Oxycodone is highly habit forming and can lead to addiction when used in larger amounts or for longer periods of time than prescribed by a physician. Using oxycodone to cope with life’s challenges only leads to a dependence on the drug and complicates an already complicated situations.

Oxycodone Addiction and the Gay Community

Oxycodone changes the way the brain and body perceive pain and creates feelings of euphoria in the user. Over time, the body becomes dependent on the feelings of euphoria, as the brain no longer responds in appropriate ways when it comes to feelings of reward or pleasure. As the body develops a tolerance to oxycodone, the person abusing the drug needs more of the substance to achieve the same level of pain relief and euphoria. Oxycodone addiction symptoms include:

  • Preoccupation with getting and using the drug
  • Needing more of the drug to get the same level of relief or pleasure
  • Needing more of the drug before the next dose is due
  • Engaging in illegal or dangerous activity, like stealing, to get and use the drug
  • Spending money you do not have to get and use the drug
  • Changes in physical appearance
  • Changes in relationships
  • Moods swings
  • Becoming more involved with the drug culture

If you or a loved one in the gay community struggles with oxycodone, it is time to get help.

LGBT Drug Addiction

Although there are many factors that contribute to whether or not a person will abuse drugs, people in the LGBT community are vulnerable due to increased stress. Areas of struggle that increase risk for drug abuse within the LGBT community include:

  • Emotional challenges due to the fear of rejection, increased isolation, or related to the process of coming out
  • Concerns about physical violence or discrimination
  • A sense of shame, especially in those without strong family support
  • Low self-esteem
  • Pressure to fit into the LGBT party subculture
  • Emotional trauma from past physical or sexual abuse
  • Harassment by peers

These emotional challenges can increase an LGBT person’s chances of struggling with drug abuse. This is especially true if he or she has access to prescription painkillers like oxycodone.

Finding Help for Oxycodone Abuse

People in the LGBT community face emotional challenges that can lead to drug abuse and addiction. If you or a loved one struggles with oxycodone abuse, we are here to help you. Call our toll-free number to speak to a helpline counselor, anytime, 24 hours a day. We are ready to answer your questions about addiction and help you find the right treatment program.