In Their Own Words: Content Analysis of Pathways to Recovery Among Individuals with The Lived Experience of Homelessness And Alcohol Use Disorders

Alcohol use disorders (AUDs) are more prevalent among homeless individuals than in the general population, and homeless individuals are disproportionately affected by alcohol-related morbidity and mortality. Unfortunately, abstinence-based approaches are neither desirable to nor highly effective for most members of this population. Recent research has indicated that homeless people aspire to clinically significant recovery goals beyond alcohol abstinence, including alcohol harm reduction and quality-of-life improvement. However, no research has documented this population's preferred pathways toward self-defined recovery. Considering principles of patient-centred care, a richer understanding of this population's desired pathways to recovery may help providers better engage and support them.

Publication Date: 
2016
Publisher(s): 
ScienceDirect
Pages: 
89-96
Volume: 
27
Journal Name: 
International Journal of Drug Policy
Location: 
United States