People often think that the only way to successfully overcome a drug addiction or alcoholism is by completing an addiction detox; although detox is a highly effective method of overcoming an addiction, experts have said that there are other ways to kick an addiction once and for all. Recent research has explored the link between addiction and work, which is an entirely new concept. Some researchers believe that those who manage to secure a job while battling addiction are more likely to want to overcome it to keep their new job. This is an interesting opinion, and more experts are considering the idea further.

Employment has Played an Important Role

Recent research that was conducted by Professor Dame Carol Black has shown that working can actually assist those suffering from drug addictions and alcoholism; the report found that employment played an ‘important role’ in improving the self-worth and self-confidence in these individuals who are battling addiction. However, cutbacks in local government funding could have a detrimental impact on alcohol and drug treatment.

Overcoming Employment Problems

The research was commissioned by the Department for Work and Pensions, and it explored the links between unemployment and obesity, although they did not find a noticeable link. Professor Black believes that it would be extremely beneficial for work and health services to join forces to assist those struggling with an addiction to find a job. She also looked at the role of employers in the difficult task of securing a job for those who have fallen victim to addiction.

“Our goal has been to find ways of overcoming the employment problems that people face when they are addicted to alcohol or drugs or are obese. After a searching inquiry, we are clear that a fresh approach is needed, one that brings together health, social, and employment agencies in new collaborative ways, personalised to the circumstances of each individual,” said Professor Black.

Supporting Plans

Penny Mordaunt, minister of state for disabled people, health and work, showed her support for the report and provided the Work, Health and Disability: Improving Lives report as evidence that the Government is, in fact, assisting those with these addictions and health issues in finding employment. She said, “We are very grateful to Dame Carol Black for her extensive work. Her findings support our plans to join up employment and health systems, and as we proceed with this important work, we will take Dame Carol’s findings into account.”

More Radical Steps

Councillor Izzi Seccombe, chairman of the Local Government Association’s community wellbeing board, said that they appreciate the report. However, they do not believe that it is ‘radical’ enough. “As Dame Carol’s report has highlighted, reduction in finances to local authority public health teams will mean funding pressures could impact on the drug and alcohol treatment and weight management services. Also, Jobcentre Plus advisors cannot bring together all the support that people with drug and alcohol addictions require. We had hoped the review would recommend more radical steps for how Jobcentre Plus should work much more collaboratively with councils and other local partners to take account of local labour market conditions and treatment complexity. More radical reform of the current system is required, which brings services together and one which is locally as well as nationally accountable,” added Cllr Seccombe.

Detoxification Process

Completing an addiction detox is a major step in overcoming this illness. Nevertheless, it is only the first phase in a multi-layered process. It is important that anyone who is committed to overcoming addiction ensure that they are fully supported while doing so, which helps minimise the risk of relapse.

Addicted individuals are often concerned about the whole addiction detox process and are unsure of what to expect, but it is nothing to be afraid of. The detoxification process is what you make it; if the individual chooses to make it difficult for themselves by reaching out for drugs and alcohol, then it will certainly be tougher.

Overcoming Addiction in a Safe and Happy Environment

Overcoming any addiction can be challenging; however, as long as you have the correct support, it is entirely possible and achievable. Here at Addiction Helper, our priority is to ensure that you overcome your addiction in a safe and happy environment. We work with a range of clinics that all have excellent success rates and brilliant reviews from previous guests who have gone on to lead a happier, healthier life on the back of their treatment. If you require any further information, then do not hesitate to give us a call and we would be more than happy to assist.

Source:  Employment helps tackle addiction, report reveals (Local Gov)