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Citation:  Coviello, D. M., Zanis, D. A., Wesnosik, S. A., & Domis, S. W. (2009). An integrated drug counseling and employment intervention for methadone clients. Journal of Psychoactive Drugs, 41 (2), 189-197.
Title:  An integrated drug counseling and employment intervention for methadone clients
Authors:  Coviello, D. M., Zanis, D. A., Wesnosik, S. A., & Domis, S. W.
Year:  2009
Journal/Publication:  Journal of Psychoactive Drugs
Publisher:  Routledge-Taylor & Francis
DOI:  https://doi.org/10.1080/02791072.2009.10399912
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Peer-reviewed?  Yes
NIDILRR-funded?  No
Research design:  Randomized controlled trial

Structured abstract:

Background:  Many studies have shown that gaining employment has a positive impact on drug treatment outcomes, including a reduction in drug use, crimes and other destructive behaviors.
Purpose:  The purpose of this study was to develop a manual-based intervention that integrated drug counseling and employment services, train methadone counselors in the intervention and conduct a pilot study to evaluate the intervention.
Setting:  The setting was a Methadone Maintenance Treatment Program (MMTP).
Study sample:  The study sample included 23 methadone clients randomly assigned to one of 2 treatment groups.
Intervention:  The intervention was integrated Interpersonal Cognitive Problem Solving (ICPS) drug and employment counseling
Control or comparison condition:  The comparison was ICPS drug counseling.
Data collection and analysis:  Assessments were completed at baseline and at the six-month follow up.
Findings:  There was no significant difference between the two groups in employment outcomes, HIV risk behaviors and drug use.
Conclusions:  Recruitment/retention for the study was difficult, resulting is a small sample size. Even so, the intervention did improve employment outcomes for both groups and, as a result, may be better than standard methadone counseling.

Disabilities served:  Alcohol and drug abuse
Populations served:  Gender: Female and Male
Interventions:  Other
Outcomes:  Employment acquisition
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