Substance Abuse

An estimated 50 percent of individuals experiencing homelessness with a mental illness also have a co-occurring substance abuse disorder. - National Healthcare for the Homeless Clinician’s Network

Substance abuse is both a consequence of and a leading factor in the continuance of homelessness among individuals. It is estimated that nearly half of all individuals experiencing homelessness, and 70 percent of Veterans experiencing homelessness, suffer from substance abuse disorders. A majority of those with substance abuse disorders also suffer from moderate to severe mental illness. Substance abuse is also a prevalent characteristic among unaccompanied youth.

Many individuals with substance abuse problems face multiple barriers to accessing housing while suffering from addiction, as many shelters require sobriety to access their services and they are “screened out” of public housing. Chronic homelessness is associated with alcohol and illicit substance abuse.  Being without a stable place during substance abuse recovery only increases the likelihood that these treatments will fail.

There are solutions that work: permanent supportive housing, which provides holistic case management and supportive services for substance abuse treatment, is an effective way to end chronic homelessness and substance abuse.
 

Additional Resources

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