Published July 1990
by Haworth Press .
Written in English
|Contributions||Dennis McCarty (Editor)|
|The Physical Object|
|Number of Pages||265|
Get this from a library! Treating alcoholism and drug abuse among homeless men and women: nine community demonstration grants. [Milton Argeriou; Dennis McCarty, Ph. D.;]. In Treating Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Among Homeless Men and Women, you will read about specially targeted programs for women, Alaskan natives, American Indians, blacks, and Hispanics, homeless individuals with mental illness, clients who use both drugs and alcohol, chronic alcoholics, and cocaine : Co-occurring disorders, mental disorders that are present alongside alcoholism, in the homeless population are directly related to alcohol and drug abuse. Bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, anxiety, and depression in the homeless population are all linked to drug and alcohol abuse. A reported , people who were homeless had co-occurring disorders. A review of policies that address substance abuse among the homeless finds that interventions alternate between control and rehabilitation. However, the unique needs of a changing homeless population require an integration of alcoholism and drug abuse recovery services with programs for women, adolescents, and the mentally by:
Among congressional actions taken in recent years to address both the broader aspects of homelessness and the more narrow issues relating to the health of homeless people was the Health Professions Training Act of (P.L. ). This mandated that the secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services ask the Institute of Medicine of the National . The research showed that alcoholism is the major form of substance abuse experienced among the homeless. From the research, it was established that the intensity of alcoholism varies depending on a number of factors such as age and gender of the individual involved and the duration the individual has been homeless (Engel & Schutt, ). Homeless women suffer unique gender-based trauma, contributing to the higher amounts of drug use with homeless women than men. While 30% of homeless people overall suffer mental illness, the rate is significantly higher in female populations. 50% to 60% of homeless women suffer mental and emotional disturbances, often pre-dating their homelessness. Causes of Alcoholism Among Native Americans. Native Americans have some of the highest rates of alcohol and drug abuse among minority groups—which leads some to ask whether they are prone to alcoholism. 3 Certain factors may contribute to the development of alcohol use disorders among Native Americans as well as prevent them from seeking help. Location: Atlantic City, NJ
Drug and alcohol abuse constitutes the most pressing public health problem among the homeless. Varying reports exist on the percentage of homeless individuals with a substance abuse problem. Some studies estimate that about 40 percent of the population is dependent on drugs or alcohol. Though men still die more from drug overdose than women, the average man can take a certain amount of most substances and live while the same amount would kill a woman. Because of all this, overdose death among women is on the rise. With the increase in the popularity of prescription drug use and abuse comes an increase in overdose cases. Addiction Among The Homeless Population For most Americans, a home is a vital source of financial and emotional security. Yet as of , over , people in the United States were sleeping on the streets or in emergency shelters, according to the National Alliance to End Homelessness. abuse among homeless people is ripe. Furthermore, such abuse contributes to the poor health of many of the homeless population, and this study aims to investigate the detrimental effects that substance abuse has on this vulnerable portion of Size: KB.