In 2021, 46.3 million people in the U.S. were diagnosed with substance use disorders, including 6.7 million rural residents. From December 2021 to December 2022, approximately 105,000 lives were lost due to the overdose epidemic. Many rural communities and households have been impacted by this epidemic through the loss of loved ones, incarceration, chronic homelessness, mental and behavioral health challenges, and more. In some rural communities, every household has been impacted by substance use disorders.
This issue of Rural Voices highlights innovative approaches to providing housing for residents in recovery with a cross-sector analysis of successful collaborative approaches to addressing the issues associated with substance use disorders.
VIEW FROM WASHINGTON
Let’s Get to Work on Fighting the Housing and Substance Use Crises
by Senator Tina Smith
Minnesota continues to make progress in supporting its rural communities.
Addressing Substance Use in Rural America
by Dave Johnson
The Fletcher Group uses an innovative housing model and ground-breaking research.
Housing Finds its Niche in Supporting SUD Recovery in Kentucky
by Tom Manning-Beavin
Frontier Housing rehabilitates and finances suitable properties to provide safe and stable homes for those in recovery.
NARR provides national standards for effective, safe, and quality recovery residences.
Housing has the power to make a difference in addressing the opioid crisis.
Action on the Opioid Epidemic and Rural Affordable Housing
by Alan Morgan
Rural advocates can act on the opioid epidemic and connected housing needs.
Bringing Mental Health Support and Resources to Northeast Oklahoma
by Denise Phelps
GRAND Mental Health offers an array of services for those experiencing homelessness, mental health crisis, and drug/alcohol emergencies.
HAC shares resources and builds the capacity of organizations working to address their communities’ substance use disorder crises.