From addiction to employment

Persons with substance use disorders (SUD) have unemployment rates of 80-90 % and frequently relapse to substance use. Employment is associated with better treatment outcomes, many want to work, but evidence-based vocational methods are lacking.

We want to investigate if a method proven effective for other patient groups, Individual Placement and Support (IPS), also can be effective in helping persons with SUD obtain ordinary work.

We want to investigate 1) if IPS gives more employment compared to traditional vocational methods; 2) if IPS also has effect on non-vocational outcomes such as substance use, mental health and quality of life; 3) to examine how and for whom IPS leads to employment.

The “From addiction to employment” project will be a pragmatic, multi-site study including a randomized controlled trial in the largest specialist health care facility for SUD treatment in Norway, an observational study and a qualitative study.

Generating evidence-based interventions in the substance use treatment field is of high importance and wanted by policy makers. We have strong national and international collaborators and support from the users and treatment providers. Results will be of international scientific importance and can be implemented to clinical practice without delay.

The inclusion period will start 1st march 2020 and last for two years, with a further 18 month follow up after the inclusion ends.

Read more about the project here (in Norwegian):

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