With contributions from leading international academics across the social sciences, this accessible takes a critical look at the key contemporary issues and debates in the field. The 39 chapters are divided into three parts: Part I Central Social Science Theories Drug and Alcohol Studies Part II Pillars in Social Science Drug and Alcohol Studies Part III Controversies and New Approaches in Social Science Drug and Alcohol Studies This Handbook is an excellent reference text for the growing number of academics, students, scientists and practitioners in the drug and alcohol studies community.

Homelessness and Substance Use

Homelessness and Substance Use

Homelessness and substance use
Betsy ThomCarmen Aceijas


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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