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Betsy Thom & Carmen Aceijas

In: The SAGE Handbook of Drug and Alcohol Studies

Chapter 28: Homelessness and Substance Use

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Homelessness and Substance Use
Homelessness and substance use
Betsy ThomCarmen Aceijas
Introduction

There is an extensive literature on problem substance use and related harms and there is a growing research literature on homelessness. However, there is little research that brings these two together. Where homelessness and substance use is addressed, studies are largely country specific, often examining the issues as they affect sub-groups (e.g. Beck et al., 2009; Cottrell-Boyce, 2010; McNaughton, 2008; Neale and Stevenson, 2014; Philippot et al., 2007) and the literature is biased towards developed ‘Western’ countries where the problems, the responses and the national contexts are very different. The available research does, however, point to enormous variation across countries regarding the experience of homelessness and substance use and regarding approaches to prevention and intervention. ...

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