Substance use: helping women with drug and alcohol problems. This theme explores issues around women, homelessness and substance use. Our Expert Group member Martin Barnes, Chief Executive of DrugScope, is leading on this theme. Read the theme round-up here.
As Martin writes in his blog:
“It is important that women experiencing homelessness and substance use problems are seen as survivors with an incredible capacity to move forward with their lives against all odds.
“Serious substance use can be an escape from traumatic experiences. Our approach to providing support must recognise the complex histories and circumstances women face…Drug and alcohol use can often exacerbate and compound problems around mental health, domestic and sexual violence, family and children, involvement in prostitution and the criminal justice system.”
DrugScope has also produced an Essential Guide for practitioners on the impact for women who become pregnant while using substances.
Why has Martin joined the campaign and become one of our Expert Group leads? He says: “Well, drug and alcohol services and homelessness agencies have a long history of working closely together. Joint work, however, that specifically focuses on women’s recovery and accommodation needs is rare.
“We are aware there is great practice out there though and, through this theme, we hope to gather this together to influence future policy and service provision.”
How do we make sure women with drug and alcohol issues get the right help, at the right time? We want to hear from practitioners on the ground and from women using services themselves, about what works and what support is missing, in particular:
Please also submit any relevant research so we can gather this together to improve the support out there for women.
If you have already joined the campaign, please log in to submit evidence. If you are not already a member, please click here to register. Send us your contributions on this theme by 28 February 2013.
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