Opioid use disorder has reached an alarming rate in the United States. As more and more people struggle with opioids, it is important for behavioral healthcare workers to understand how to best support people in need; specifically, members that identify within the sexual and gender diverse community. Members of this community are disproportionately affected by substance use disorders, inclusive of the opioid epidemic. This presentation will highlight the impact of opioid use disorder on sexual and gender diverse populations, best practices, trauma-informed care, and behavioral health integration into primary care.
- Highlight the difference between sexual (affectional) identity and gender identity
- Describe the implications of opioid use disorder for the LGBTQ+ population
- Discuss best practices for working with LGBTQ+ who have opioid use disorder