In Canada, approximately 2,250 veterans experience homelessness – over 90% of which are male. According to the National Shelter Study, that followed 78 veterans who had experienced homelessness across Canada. An average had been out of the military for around 28 years and reported being homeless for an average of eight years. Episodic homelessness, defined as three or more homelessness experiences in someone’s lifetime, is experienced at a higher rate in veterans. Among veterans, the rate of episodic homelessness is almost 18% – double the rate of episodic homelessness in non-veterans.

The most common significant factors contributing to homelessness :

  • Alcoholism 
  • Drug Addictions 
  • Mental Health Issues 

Many veterans and CAF members struggle to obtain employment, financial stability and maintain familial relationships after returning from service. These challenges can be caused by or lead to any of the reasons mentioned above. Many veterans get caught in a vicious cycle; they either struggle to adapt back into society, leading to substance abuse, or are unable to adjust back into the community because of their mental health issues or substance abuse. The inability to find work or function in society could lead to isolation from support systems. Without a job, home or loved ones, many are forced to become homeless as they have nowhere else to turn. 

The effects of substance abuse and alcoholism are often distressing, debilitating and persistent unless there are timely interventions. By applying a biopsychosocial approach to provide holistic care for those suffering from addiction, we provide unique and quality care for our clients through empirical and practice-based evidence and experience. It is never too late to reach out. Now might be the best time to ask for help. Contact Renova Recovery and Treatment centre today to learn more.