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Citation:  Ring, Brandon M.; Jarvis, Brantley P.; Sigurdsson, Sigurdur Oli; DeFulio, Anthony; & Silverman, Kenneth (2018). Propensity to work among detoxified opioid-dependent adults. Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation, 49 (2), 187-194.
Title:  Propensity to work among detoxified opioid-dependent adults
Authors:  Ring, Brandon M.; Jarvis, Brantley P.; Sigurdsson, Sigurdur Oli; DeFulio, Anthony; & Silverman, Kenneth
Year:  2018
Journal/Publication:  Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation
Publisher:  IOS Press
DOI:  https://doi.org/10.3233/JVR-180964
Full text:  https://content.iospress.com/articles/journal-of-vocational-rehabil...    |   PDF   
Peer-reviewed?  No
NIDILRR-funded?  No

Structured abstract:

Background:  Adults with a history of opioid dependence may find it difficult to gain or maintain employment. Barriers to employment include a lack of education and skills, and relapse to drug use.
Purpose:  To compare the rate of employment before, during, and after participation of detoxified opioid-dependent adults (n?=?117) enrolled in a therapeutic workplace intervention and to identify predictors of post-intervention employment.
Data collection and analysis:  Analyses were conducted on self-reported employment information collected using the Addiction Severity Index-Lite and direct observation while enrolled in a model workplace intervention called the therapeutic workplace.
Findings:  Participants were more likely to work during the intervention (67% of days available) than before (1% of days available) or after (26% of days available) the intervention. Participants also reported working more after the intervention than before. Participants who reported working 6 months after the intervention had stronger work experience and attended the therapeutic workplace more frequently during the intervention.
Conclusions:  Given the opportunity in a model workplace, unemployed detoxified opioid-dependent adults are more likely to attend a model workplace than to work in a community job.

Disabilities served:  Alcohol and drug abuse
Populations served:  Adults
Interventions:  Vocational rehabilitation
Occupational therapy
Outcomes:  Full-time employment