Alcoholism, Drug Abuse, and the Homeless

Dennis McCarty, Milton Argeriou, Robert B. Huebner, Barbara Lubran

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Abstract

Credible estimates of the prevalence of alcohol and drug abuse suggest that alcohol abuse affects 30% to 40% and drug abuse 10% to 15% of homeless persons. 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 ill. Alcohol- and drug-free housing is essential to support and maintain recovery. Psychology can contribute in the development of effective programs for homeless individuals struggling with addiction and alcoholism.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1139-1148
Number of pages10
JournalAmerican Psychologist
Volume46
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - Nov 1991
Externally publishedYes

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McCarty, D., Argeriou, M., Huebner, R. B., & Lubran, B. (1991). Alcoholism, Drug Abuse, and the Homeless. American Psychologist, 46(11), 1139-1148.