Mental Illness, Drug And Alcohol Abuse

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Introduction The information I gathered from the research was that the major factors that contribute to homelessness are mental illness, drug and alcohol abuse. I also learned that many individuals need to develop skills and seek treatment to learn how to break the patterns which lead to cyclical or generational homelessness (Morris, 1997). There are many signs that contribute to individuals paths to homelessness and some include sudden unemployment, maintain a budget for the family, domestic violence, mental health, and drug and alcohol abuse. These are considered to be some of the main problems associated with homelessness. According to Hertlein, (2010) when it comes to the homeless, they should be able to participate in “critical role of decision-making both in leading to homelessness as well as recovering from homelessness becomes apparent in the first year of being homeless. And, the major factors underlying their decision-making include “emotional reactivity, negative entitlement, emotional/relational wounded, impulsivity, and a lack of differentiation” (Hertlein, 2010). These initial clinical observations have received strong confirmation in the past five years and have led to the development of a framework of treatment consistent with previous models using “The Bowen System Theory”. This framework seeks to help a client face systemic anxiety and make differentiated decisions that will enable them to re-enter the community on a long-term basis. Another “critical
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