People often tend to perceive individuals seeking addiction disorder treatment as incompetent to perform a task or take up a job. As a result, such individuals find it difficult to sustain their lives even after attaining sobriety. In turn, this becomes a potential trigger for a relapse. Hence, United States Senators recently introduced a bill to incorporate job training into drug abuse recovery programs as a move to remedy this concern.
U.S. Senators Tim Kaine (D-VA), Todd Young (R-IN), and Doug Jones (D-AL) introduced the Jobs Plus Recovery Act to ensure people do not have problems in finding jobs after attaining recovery from their addiction. Under the Act, the bipartisan legislation would work to create a pilot program that includes giving job training to the individuals impacted by opioid addiction or substance use disorders. The advancement would not only decrease the risk of relapse, which is otherwise very common with people undergoing a drug addiction therapy, but would also increase the success rate of the recovery program.
For this, it is paramount that local communities establish partnerships with substance abuse treatment and recovery providers, as well as job services and training providers. “Our goal is to give businesses the tools needed to positively impact addiction treatment outcomes, and to change how the nation treats individuals with addiction issues so that they can turn their lives around and meaningfully contribute to the economy,” said Senator Todd Young in the official release.
The breakthrough initiative has come as a respite and at a time when majority of the people recovering from a substance abuse problem do not easily find employment or remain underemployed as compared to people who do not abuse substances. The act will ensure an alliance between Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), passed by Congress in 2014 to offer job training assistance to individuals with a barrier to employment. As a result, the act would ensure support services to individuals with substance use disorders, thereby extending its contribution to the bigger cause of the opioid epidemic.
New bill a step toward curbing opioid crisis
The first of its kind bill aims to integrate job skills training with addiction disorder treatment and recovery, thereby, addressing the employment-related trigger of relapse. Hence, this bill brings forth an anticipation of being a potential initiative toward bringing down the surging rates of opioid crisis. Currently, the country is reeling under the deluge of the opioid epidemic, which is a major health threat in the U.S.
“The substance abuse epidemic has had a devastating effect on communities across the country, and a lack of job opportunity has exacerbated this crisis. By ensuring that job training is a part of the recovery process, we are investing in better outcomes, which will have a positive impact on the economy, employers, and entire communities,” says Senator Tim Kaine.
Redemption from opioid addiction
Opioid addiction in the U.S. has reached catastrophic levels. The pandemic has affected people of all age groups, gender and class. While the list of hazards caused by the opioid addiction is long, the most severe of them is overdose death. In 2016, of the 64,000 estimated deaths due to overdose, over 20,000 overdose deaths were related to synthetic opioid fentanyl and its analogs. Hence, while it is not right to accuse the federal agencies of not taking sufficient measures, the need of the hour demands contribution from every individual as well.
Individuals can contribute by ensuring to stay away from abusing prescription drugs and seeking immediate medical help when suffering from the abuse disorder. Therefore, if you or loved one is battling an opioid addiction, contact the California Drug Addiction Helpline for professional assistance and drug abuse help. Call at our 24/7 helpline number (855) 980-1946 or chat online with our experts to know about the drug rehab centers in California.