Homelessness is a real problem across America, and statistics reports so is substance abuse. And it’s not surprise that far too often, these two situations go hand in hand.
Sometimes substance abuse leads to homelessness, and other times, homelessness is the precursor to substance abuse.
Everyone’s path is different, and homelessness and addiction are not always paired. Some surprising statistics document substance abuse among the homeless. Still, these numbers are likely skewed as the number of homeless individuals isn’t so easy to count or calculate.
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According to the Annual Homeless Assessment report by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), 580,000 people were experiencing homelessness in America.
Sadly, many of these individuals are also experiencing homelessness and co-occurring conditions, mental health disorders, and substance abuse disorders. Data also shows that homeless persons over the age of 65, are more likely to be suffering from unmet substance abuse disorder needs, including drug detox withdrawal symptoms and addiction treatment.
Chronic homelessness is more common with veterans than those in shelters, and 60% of homeless veterans have been diagnosed with a substance use disorder.
Stable housing needs to be available during recovery to decrease the chances of relapse. Recovery housing addresses a recovering addict’s need for housing while also offering recovery and peer support. In 2018, the Support Act was passed and it outlines the requirements for recovery housing. Here are the 10 guiding principles:
Substance abuse disorders put a strain on relationships with family and friends and can result in job loss. For individuals who struggle with paying their bills, the onset or worsening of an addiction may cause them to lose their housing.
Dependence on substances and alcohol makes their problems worse, while also decreasing their ability to create employment stability which makes it easier to gain access to housing.
In 2003, SAMHSA reported that 38% of homeless individuals struggled with alcohol dependency, while 26% reported drug abuse.
Homeless youth and young adults often struggle with substance abuse while the older homeless population tends to struggle with alcohol use.
Because substance abuse is both a cause and a result of homelessness, it is imperative that both issues are addressed simultaneously. An integrative and holistic approach works best in preventing relapse.
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