Responding to the Needs of Homeless Substance Abusers: A Social Business Model

By John Conahan and Donald MacIntyre.

Published by The Social Sciences Collection

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Homelessness and other forms of residential instability are emerging as a primary recovery issue among substance abusing populations and represent an important threat to the recovery process of those discharged from drug and alcohol treatment programs. The homeless are greatly overrepresented in public substance abuse treatment programs and many of those who are discharged from treatment can only return to an environment that significantly reduces their chances of a stable recovery. How should not-for-profit drug and alcohol service organizations respond to the need to provide residential stability to recovering chemically dependent individuals upon discharge? This study is a qualitative case analysis that describes and interprets one organization’s response to the emerging need of homelessness by incorporating a social business model framework to begin to address the needs of this population.

Keywords: Homelessness, Social Business Model, Substance Abuse

International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, Volume 6, Issue 8, pp.153-166. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 816.905KB).

Dr. John Conahan

Professor, Associate Professor of Social Work, Kutztown University, Kutztown, USA

Dr. Conahan is an Associate Professor and Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Pennsylvania and a member of the Academy of Certified Social Workers. He holds a doctorate in Human Development with a specialization in social work. His Doctorate and Master’s of Social Work degree is from Marywood University. Dr. Conahan is also Certified Addictions Counselor in Pennsylvania. Dr. Conahan’s 30 years of experience as a generalist practitioner has included the provision of services to individuals, groups, families, community and organizational development, clinical management and senior administrative management positions in the field of substance abuse treatment. Dr. Conahan’s areas of research include gender issues in addiction treatment, immigration and human trafficking and organizational leadership.

Donald MacIntyre

MSW student, Social Work, Kutztown University, USA

Mr. MacIntyre is an MSW student at Kutztown University and member of the NASW. He also has an MBA in finance from Columbia University. His work experience has included roles in the private sector in finance, marketing, and general management, both in the US and in Europe. Prior to returning to school, Mr. MacIntyre specialized in turning around troubled companies.


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