Establishing and maintaining job skills and professional behaviors in chronically unemployed drug abusers

Conrad J. Wong, Kenneth Silverman

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The therapeutic workplace intervention is an employment-based drug user intervention that integrates abstinence reinforcement contingencies into an employment setting, intended for individuals manifesting chronic unemployment and drug addiction. Research on the therapeutic workplace intervention has provided a unique and rare opportunity to collect data and conduct fine-grained analyses of the training and work performance of participants. Results from a series of studies document that chronically unemployed drug users display behaviors that likely limit their success in conventional businesses. This article reviews a systematic line of research showing that targeted and intensive contingency management interventions and training programs have been effective in promoting consistent attendance and high rates of productivity and establishing job skills for employment.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1127-1140
Number of pages14
JournalSubstance Use and Misuse
Issue number7
StatePublished - Jun 2007
Externally publishedYes


  • Chronic unemployment
  • Contingency management interventions
  • Job skills
  • Therapeutic workplace

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Health(social science)
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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