It talks about the application of the “housing first” approach with chronic alcoholics. Reasonable people can disagree on the merits of using the approach with this population, but whatever one’s ideology, this is a difficult thing to imagine celebrating. The article made no reference to any efforts to facilitate recovery among the people in the apartments. I hope that there are some efforts and that the reporter failed to include those efforts in the story. Again, reasonable people can disagree about the merits of a “housing first” approach with these people, but it would be unconscionable to give up on trying to help them recover.
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I have been an addiction professional and social worker since 1994. I started blogging in 2005 as the Clinical Director at Dawn Farm. I no longer work at Dawn Farm and am now the Director of Behavioral Medicine at a community hospital, and a lecturer at Eastern Michigan University’s School of Social Work. Views expressed here are my own. Keep in mind that the field, the contexts in which the field operates, and my views have changed over time. View all posts by Jason Schwartz