A number of studies have identified that the experience of homelessness is associated with an escalation in drug use and that using emergency accommodation can contribute to chaotic patterns of drug use among those who are trying to maintain some control over their use. Due to their transient nature this group are particularly hard to reach and need to be proactively engaged by services when the opportunity to do so presents.
This service complements the goals of drug treatment and rehabilitation. While treatment and rehabilitation address the addiction in the individual this service works with individuals not only to help them access treatment and rehabilitation but also to identify and address other issues such accessing mainstream health services, housing and employment. The substance misuse project offers individual support for service users and a range of group work activities.