Drug use in the LGBT community is a well know issue, however, for many this is the only escape they have to relieve the rejection from their own peers. I came across this article How Dose Social Rejection Contribute to Addiction? The statics are frightening when you really look at the numbers. The use of drugs in the LGBT community are quite alarming as seen in this addiction report. While this is an older article it is just as important now, especially since we are exposed to social apps that put an undue burden on physical appearances. Now I'm not implying that social apps are the main cause, for many it has allowed many to express themselves more freely, and find people who are into the same things they are, however, the fact remains that when you look at profiles you see some pretty harsh requirements for "hooking up".
But let's put that aside. Even in the bars or other social scenes there's this since of I'm better than you, or you don't fit in (whatever that's suppose to mean). Now even I understand that not all drug use can be contributed to social rejections. Many people use drugs for various reasons, such as, sexual abuse, or mental or physical violence. There are many reasons to be honest.
So, how do we address this issue of social rejection? It has must start with us a community, to accept everyone for who they are and not judge. What are your thoughts?