How Can Communities Help those Afflicted with a Substance Abuse?

The National Institutes of Health’s National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), conducted a study about living accommodations for individuals recovering from addictions and other substances. The study’s report concluded that those who live in a collaborative housing setting will have their addiction treated more effectively than those with an addiction who aren’t residing in a community-based facility.

Living alone can be the worst environment for sufferers of addiction and alcoholism. Studies have shown, however, that unhealthy housing environments exist, and can be permeated with drug sales and use. For people in recovery from an addiction, these nefarious facilities are not what they need to get better. Furthermore, some legal community-based housing may not be a pleasant experience. This is do to overcrowding, the lack of supervision, adherence to rules and accountability.

Still, Leonard Jason, a community psychologist at DePaul University in Chicago has stated that community-based substance abuse housing can greatly assist individuals who are homeless, have been processed through the criminal justice system, and have been diagnosed with a number of health and psychiatric disorders. He said, “Many of those who enter these housing situations are without friends and income sources, as well as safe housing. If you ask people leaving jails and prisons, what they need, it is often safe housing and job opportunities; and both are usually hard to find. So, yes, supportive housing is important, and we need more of it, and more research to understand how it works.”

Successful community-based housing has been making progress since the exposure of illegal facilities. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services (SAMSHA) has a National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices. This database helps people, agencies, and organizations identify and implement evidence-based programs and practices in their communities for the treatment and prevention of substance abuse.

Halfway houses, if run by legal and conscientious rehabs, are also a helpful way to reintroduce those in recovery from an addiction, to supportive and healthy social environments. In situations where an individual may not follow their aftercare plan, halfway houses can help prevent relapse. Funding for community-based housing is needed on a wide scale to help those with mental disorders and substance abuse to stabilize a make progress.  

“Sometimes a neighbor whom we have disliked a lifetime for his arrogance and conceit lets fall a single commonplace remark that shows us another side, another man, really; a man uncertain, and puzzled, and in the dark like ourselves.”— Willa Cather

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