THE LINK BETWEEN ADDICTION AND HOMELESSNESS
Although many of the people living on the streets are there because of their addictions to certain substances such as drugs or alcohol not all are.
There are many addicts who are not homeless and many homeless that are not addicts. However, there is little doubt that addiction can lead to some people losing everything they have and ending up living on the streets.
The problem with addiction is that it can take hold so quickly, resulting in the breakdown of relationships. Those with addiction often cannot think of anything else except their next ‘fix’.
They will therefore neglect relationships and responsibilities and will often spend their very last penny on what they crave the most.
The very nature of an addiction is that the person affected will continue to engage in potentially harmful activities, despite the consequences.
Even if those consequences are losing a home or a marriage the person with the addiction can often not control their compulsive behaviour and will end up with nothing and living on the streets.
GETTING HELP FOR ADDICTION
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