We know from surveys, research, and our own clinical experience that people who identify as LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transsexual) are more likely to use club drugs. This of course does not mean that everyone who is LGBT uses Club drugs, or that everyone who uses club drugs is LGBT, just that it's more common (especially for gay and bisexual men). Whether it's to have fun, to fit in, or as a way to cope, it appears that some club drugs are more common, normalised or used in different ways on the UK's gay sex and party scene. This brings with it some unique challenges for people who are struggling with their use.
Sadly, we also know that some LGBT people feel their needs in this and other areas have not always been sensitively met, and that they may have experienced misunderstanding, ignorance, homophobia or discrimination in the past. Therefore, when setting up the Club Drug Clinic, we wanted to make sure that the issues and views of the LGBT community were clearly heard and acted upon.
We work in partnership with Antidote - the UK’s only LGBT targeted drug and alcohol service - to deliver LGBT aware interventions, and all our staff are familiar and comfortable discussing LGBT issues related to club drug use, sex and beyond.
- Experiences of shame, stigma, homophobia or transphobia
- Saunas, sex clubs, open relationships, group sex, online cruising and sex work
- Injecting, HIV and Hep C
- Mental health, body image and self-esteem
The CNWL Club Drug Clinic has extensive experience in working with LGBT drug users, and has genuine cultural competence in dealing with the drug addiction issues that occur within these communities. We offer specialised help and support including specific drug treatment one to one support, groups and peer mentoring.
So, however you like to identify your sexuality or gender; be it gay, straight or bi; male, female or trans (and all that's in between!), if you have questions or problems with club drugs, we are here to help you, without judgement.