Propensity to work among chronically unemployed adult drug users

Sigurdur Oli Sigurdsson, Anthony Defulio, Lauren Long, Kenneth Silverman

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Analyses were conducted to compare rates of employment before, during, and after employment at the therapeutic workplace, which is a novel employment-based treatment for drug misuse. Participants in two clinical trials attended the therapeutic workplace at higher rates than they worked before intake and six months after discharge. These data suggest that unemployed chronic drug misusers will attend work at higher rates at the therapeutic workplace than in the community when paid modest wages, and that the failure of chronic drug misusers to obtain employment in the community may not result from lack of interest in work.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)599-607
Number of pages9
JournalSubstance Use and Misuse
Issue number5
StatePublished - Mar 15 2011


  • drug misuse
  • employment
  • therapeutic workplace
  • vocational training

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Health(social science)
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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