An integrated drug counseling and employment intervention for methadone clients
|Authors:||Crewe, N. M.|
|Publication||Journal of Psychoactive Drugs|
|Publisher||Routledge-Taylor & Francis|
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.
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.
The setting was a Methadone Maintenance Treatment Program (MMTP).
The study sample included 23 methadone clients randomly assigned to one of 2 treatment groups.
Assessments were completed at baseline and at the six-month follow up.
The comparison was ICPS drug counseling.
There was no significant difference between the two groups in employment outcomes, HIV risk behaviors and drug use.
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.
|Populations||Male & Female|
|Outcomes||Employment acquisition | Wages|
|Research Design||Randomized Controlled Trials (RCTs)|