This research aims to study the life narrative of the LGBTQ people to deciding to use substances, including life turning points in deciding to use substances, utilizing qualitative research methods and narrative research.
10 significant informants in this study identified their gender identity and sexual orientation as queer, transgender, lesbian, gay, bisexual, etc. The analysis of the research data revealed that the conditions for LGBTQ people to engage in substance abuse are governed by oppression and social discrimination. The homophobia of homosexuality and emotional susceptibility to unrequited love as a consequence of social stigma.
The findings suggest to psychologists and other professionals who assist gender and sexuality minorities who use substances that, in addition to utilizing psychological processes to motivate them to reduce or cease substance abuse, they should also focus on healing emotional traumas in order to reduce or eliminate substance abuse. Because of oppression, discrimination, and social stigma, there should be social efforts to promote or support gender equality. It is one of the prerequisites for embracing the group LGBTQ people.
By Nanchatsan Sakunpong, Ph.D. Assistant Professor