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STUDY 2000 PDF file 104Kb
'Wet shelter' becomes home for street drinkers

After an uncertain start, an experimental project based in London's East End safely housed long-term rough sleepers unwilling to stop drinking, connecting them to medical and other services whilst allowing drinking on the premises.

STUDY 2008 HTM file
Self-financing resident-run houses maintain recovery after treatment

A US recovery model has proved its effectiveness in a rare randomised trial of a mutual aid intervention. The self-financing structure may help overcome restrictions on the supply and duration of residential rehabilitation in the UK.

STUDY 2008 HTM file
Toward cost-effective initial care for substance-abusing homeless

Offering homeless, unemployed people seeking treatment for cocaine dependence access to housing and paid employment if they stay drug-free is a powerful incentive, but adding intensive counselling helps maintain abstinence once the incentives end.

REVIEW 2008 HTM file
Effective services for substance misuse and homelessness in Scotland: evidence from an international review

Comprehensive and thoughtful review of the UK-relevant literature warns that services which impose rigid and unrealistic expectations of abstinence or independent living on homeless addicts would deny treatment and housing to vulnerable adults with complex needs.

STUDY 2015 HTM file
The impact of a Housing First randomized controlled trial on substance use problems among homeless individuals with mental illness

This intervention based on housing first led to significantly greater reductions in drinking problems after 14 months, but not in problems with other substances.

HOT TOPIC 2020 HTM file
‘Dignity first’: improving the lives of homeless people who drink and take drugs

One of our hot topics offering background and analysis on important issues which sometimes generate heated debate. Putting people with experiences of homelessness and substance use problems at the centre of social policy, this hot topic asks what solutions would look like if they prioritised saving lives and improving lives.

STUDY 2012 HTM file
Housing first for severely mentally ill homeless methadone patients

Homelessness is a significant obstacle to regular participation in methadone maintenance treatment, particularly among people leaving prison. This study in a major US city examines whether a ‘housing first’ programme could improve outcomes among this cohort.

STUDY 2005 PDF file 149Kb
Addressing medical and welfare needs improves treatment retention and outcomes

In this US treatment study, receiving services matched to need was associated with greater reductions in illegal drug use, supporting calls for services to address not just dependence but also medical, psychological, social, housing, and vocational needs.

STUDY 2017 HTM file
The evaluation of the Drug Recovery Wing pilots: Final report

The final piece of the Drug Recovery Wing evaluation jigsaw, focusing on the process and impact of implementing the model in eight men’s and two women’s prisons in England and Wales.

STUDY 2019 HTM file
Capital depreciation: the lack of recovery capital and post-release support for prisoners leaving the Drug Recovery Wings in England and Wales

While drug recovery wings were specifically designed to facilitate recovery from drug and alcohol problems among prisoners, this small study found that the sharp drop-off in support when they returned to the community ended many recovery journeys prematurely.


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