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Out of your mind: Improving provision of drug & alcohol treatment for lesbian, gay, bisexual & trans people

This scoping study set out to examine how drug and alcohol treatment services could better meet the needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual & trans (LGBT) people. It sought to explore models of provision, and mechanisms for improved strategic inclusion of LGBT people when planning and delivering drug and alcohol support services.

Higher levels of both drug and alcohol use have been reported within LGBT populations, although these groups report being less likely to engage in traditional substance misuse services, citing lack of understanding of the substance use and cultural needs amongst the barriers. This scoping study set out to investigate ways in which this imbalance might be addressed, ensuring that LGBT people have access to high quality, responsive, and inclusive treatment and support services.