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Subst Use Misuse. 2004;39(13-14):2157-64.

Introduction: new directions for vocational rehabilitation in substance user treatment: rebuilding damaged lives.

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National Development and Research Institutes, New York, NY 10010, USA.


If an important objective of addiction treatment is to increase patient employment, then it makes sense to locate vocational assistance within treatment programs. The purpose of this special issue is to present new research on the improvement of vocational services in addiction treatment. The volume begins with a critical review and synthesis of three decades of research on the effectiveness of specialized vocational services for addiction treatment patients. The new evaluation studies in this volume break down into those conducted in methadone treatment vs. other types of treatment settings. The volume concludes with a framework for evaluating the cost-effectiveness of vocational rehabilitation within addiction treatment. Critical issues that need resolution in this field are identified.

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