Mental Health And Substance Abuse Disorders Essay
within the Homeless Population
College of the Redwoods
The goal of this paper is to discuss the correlation between mental health and substance abuse disorders within the homeless population through the comparison between the general population as well as the incarcerated population. Within this comparison, the factors contributing to mental health disorders and substance abuse and the risks/problems that these issues cause for this population will be highlighted for a better understanding of the severity of this topic. The lack of appropriate treatment for these disorders will also be briefly touched on.
Homelessness has been a prevalent issue for centuries yet successful prevention and treatment methods to eradicate this epidemic have not been fully attained. Over the years, researchers have taken a more in-depth look at, not only the large rate of homelessness, but the contributing factors that come into correlation with this lifestyle. With this more comprehensive research direction, the highlighting of mental health and substance abuse disorders among the homeless population have surfaced. From this research, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has found that, “About 50% have co-occurring substance abuse problems and about 30% of people who are chronically homeless have mental health conditions” (Paquette, 2011). As with any research, a direct…