Community Mental Health Journal

, Volume 55, Issue 7, pp 1236–1245 | Cite as

Predictors of Post-Treatment Employment for Individuals with Substance Use Disorders

  • Min Kim
  • Stephen Leierer
  • JiHye JeonEmail author
Original Paper


This study examined the influence of gender, post-treatment issue severities, and treatment participation rate on the post-treatment employment status of consumers with substance use disorders. The study analyzed the archival data of 100 unemployed and underemployed participants from a substance abuse intensive outpatient program. We found significant differences in the characteristics of gender, severity of alcohol use, drug use, psychiatric issues, and treatment participation rate. Female gender and low treatment participation rates negatively predicted employment. This study increased understanding about the interplay of alcohol, drug, and psychiatric influences on post-treatment employment status.


Substance use disorders Psychiatric issues Employment Treatment participation rate 



This work was supported by Incheon National University Research Grant in 2015.

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Conflict of interest

All authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Incheon National University, Dept. of Social WelfareIncheonSouth Korea
  2. 2.Department of Addictions and Rehabilitation StudiesEast Carolina University, Health Sciences BuildingGreenvilleUSA

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