Homelessness And Substance Abuse And Mental Illness

2659 Words Feb 8th, 2015 11 Pages
Homelessness has been a major issue for the past hundred years often due to economic struggles, the closure of asylums in the Sixties and Seventies, and mental illness. Substance abuse often goes hand in hand with homelessness although there is debate as to which comes first. More over a number of individuals not only suffer from homelessness and substance abuse but also mental illness as well. This population struggles to have their basic needs of food and shelter met, so receiving adequate treatment for substance abuse and mental illness is often difficult. Two main treatment modalities are currently used when working with this population: abstinence and harm reduction. However, often treatment programs do not treat both mental illness and substance abuse. Community programs which meet homeless individual’s needs and practitioners who take the time to develop a healthy therapeutic relationship are the best chances of helping a homeless individual get clean.

The Forgotten People: Dealing with Substance Abuse and Mental Illness among Homeless Individuals
Homelessness has been a problem in the United States for well over a hundred years. Major economic downturns have always had a large role in effecting the homeless population. However, the deinstitutionalization of the psychiatric hospitals in America has greatly increased the size of the mentally ill homeless population, particularly in large urban areas. This increase in homelessness among people with…
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