The transgender population faces a tremendous amount of stressors. It can be very difficult to find your identity and feel comfortable in your own skin. It’s also hard to determine if you should come out to the public and admit your true inner feelings, and to decide whether or not you should make changes that support the gender that you identify with.
Accepting your true identity is major achievement and “coming out” is very admirable and courageous. However, even in a society that is becoming more accepting of the transgendered population, major adversities still exist. A large percentage of the public does not view transgendered individuals as the “norm”, which brings about a tremendous amount of bigotry and prejudices. Politically speaking, transgendered people are also confronted with inequalities.
As a transgendered person, it can feel like you are all alone in the world. Society, as a whole, may make you feel like an outcast. If trusted family and friends don’t support your feelings, you can feel even more ostracized. To cope, you might end up turning to harmful substances. Drugs and alcohol feel like they offer you a way to escape all of the challenges that you have to endure.
If you are a transgendered and battling an addiction to drugs or alcohol, take comfort in knowing that you are not alone. It has been estimated that somewhere between 20 and 30 percent of the transgender and gay population abuse at least one type of substance, which is a very high percentage compared to the general population; approximately 9 percent of the heterosexual, non-transgendered population abuses substances.
While knowing that others are facing the same problems as you can certainly offer solace, seeking professional help to overcome your substance abuse and addiction is necessary. Without treatment, the misuse of and dependency on drugs or alcohol can spiral out of control, destroy your life, and in the worst case, it could ultimately claim your life.
If you or someone you know is transgendered and combating an addiction to drugs or alcohol, seeking treatment at a dedicated transgender rehab facility is highly recommended.