Transgender people may be at a higher risk of substance abuse and dependence than cisgender people. Yet there are resources available to help people in the transgender community get the behavioral health treatment they need.
In recent years, the transgender community has made great strides in the movement for equality, particularly on issues such as marriage and workplace discrimination.
Despite these gains, transgender people are still impeded by stigmatization, intolerance, and high rates of mental illness and substance abuse.
It is estimated that between 20 to 30 percent of transgender people abuse substances, which is two to three times higher than that of cisgender people.
Luckily, there are resources and treatment options for substance use available for the transgender community throughout the United States.