Social reintegration and employment: evidence and interventions for drug users in treatment

SCIE Social Care Online
European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction
Publication date:
01 January 2012


Although the quality and provision of drug treatment has improved significantly in the European Union (EU) over the last two decades, most activities are currently predominantly oriented towards the management and cessation of substance use. In order to help drug users become full members of society following treatment, measures are needed that address the issues of housing, education, vocational training and employment as part of their recovery. This report considers existing interventions targeting this vulnerable social group. It also provides a set of conclusions targeted at policymakers and drug practitioners, in order to help them develop coherent and comprehensive social integration strategies. Examples of ‘what works’ in practice are a vital first step in developing evidence-based guidelines for future interventions.