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Substance Use Disorders Recovery with a Focus on Employment and Education

April 8, 2021

The purpose of this guide is to provide an overview of issues, challenges, policies, and practices related to employment and workforce training for individuals in recovery from a substance use disorder (SUD). An important focus for SAMHSA is supporting sustained recovery from SUD through the use of employment mechanisms. Individuals in treatment and recovery can vary in many ways. They experience different mental health and substance use conditions; may have co-occurring disorders; live in diverse parts of the country; and/or may experience a variety of socio-economic factors that can help or hinder recovery. All these factors can complicate evaluating the effectiveness of SUD services, treatments, and supports. This guide reviews the literature and science; examines best practices; identifies key components of peer-reviewed models that affect policies and programs; and identifies challenges and gaps in implementation.


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