Drug abuse clients who are employed typically do better in their treatment than those who are unemployed. In addition, unemployment is a chronic problem in drug-dependent people. Despite the high rates of unemployment in this population, community treatment programs often do not have the resources to provide vocational services. This study examined the effectiveness of a 12-hour basic job-training program designed to give patients the skills they need to find and secure a job and set vocational goals and methods for locating employment. The intervention was modeled after the Job Seekers Workshop, which was manualized and trial tested.
Svikis, DS et al. (2012). Randomized Multi-site Trial of the Job Seekers' Workshop in Patients with Substance Use Disorders. Drug and Alcohol Dependence 120(1-3):55-64.
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