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Overcoming the employment disadvantage

May 1, 2012
by Izaak L. Williams
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Counselors can coach recovering persons in improving their job prospects

For clients who wish to secure employment and support their families, restore parental custody rights, pay rent in their clean and sober house, or subsist after successfully completing treatment, the odds of securing a job are clearly stacked against them. However, employment prospects are significantly improved for our clients when treatment and recovery professionals prepare them to navigate the labor market successfully, engendering a realistic sense of hope for both client and professional.

Izaak L. Williams, a Moore Research Fellow, is an outpatient substance abuse counselor at Big Island Substance Abuse Council (BISAC) and Ho’omau Ke Ola in Hawaii. His e-mail address is izaakw@hawaii.edu.