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The relationship between substance use and homelessness is complex. While rates of substance use are disproportionately high among the homeless population, homelessness cannot be explained by substance use alone. The use of substances alone does not necessarily signal addiction, nor a harmful or problematic lifestyle. In addition, many people who are addicted to substances never become homeless, but an individual that is experiencing housing instability, often due to low income, has an increased risk of losing their housing if they use substances. Once on the streets, an individual with substance use issues has little chance of getting housing as they face insurmountable barriers to obtaining health care, including substance use treatment services and recovery supports.
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Selected Substance Use & Addiction Resources
Addictions & Corrections with Gabor Maté - Part 1 of 2
Addictions & Corrections with Gabor Maté Part 2/2
Beating the Streets
Brain Development & Addiction with Gabor Mate
Dr. Gabor Mate: Addiction
Subtext: Real Stories
The Agony of Jimmy Quinlan
The Biology, Morality and Politics of Addiction - Dr Gabor Mate - The Freedomain Radio Interview
The Ninth Floor
WE: Homeless doesn't mean hopeless
Without A Home
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