Ochoa, R. M., Incio-Serra, N., Poliquin, H., MacDonald, S.-A., Huỳnhe, C., Côté, P.-B., Fallu, J.-S. et Flores-Aranda, J. (2021). “A place to be safe, feel at home and get better”: Including the experiential knowledge of potential users in the design of the first wet service in Montreal, Canada. Research Square, 19(34).
The harmful use of alcohol is one of the leading health risk factors for people’s health worldwide, but some populations, like people who experience homelessness, are more vulnerable to its detrimental effects. In the past decades, harm reduction interventions that target these complex issues has been developed. For example, wet services include a wide range of arrangements (wet shelters, drop-in centers, transitory housing, etc.) that allow indoor alcohol use and Managed Alcohol Programs provide regulated doses of alcohol in addition to accommodation and services. Although the positive impacts of these interventions have been reported, little is known about how to integrate the knowledge of people experiencing homelessness and alcohol dependence into the design of such programs. The aim of this study is to present the findings of such an attempt in a first wet service in Montreal, Canada.