DRUG TREAMENT: 


FOCUSING ON EMPLOYMENT
Oriol Esculies
Association Proyecto Hombre - SPAIN

DRUG TREATMENT IN SOUTHERN EUROPE:
PROVIDING SOLUTIONS IN TIMES OF CRISIS

SIDE EVENT – 59th CND – UNODC - VIENNA

The high rate of unemployment in Spain in the
last decade reduces even more the possibilities
for drug-dependent people to find a job,
therefore worsening their social reintegration.
Unemployment Rate: 21%
UR minor 25 years old: 45%
UR drug-dependent population: 67%
2015 DATA

Work is one the most powerful long-term protective
factors for recovering. It becomes a core pillar against
drug use relapses and then an essential part of the
treatment.
Its benefits in terms of their own and family economic
sustainability, setting up social networks or reaching selffulfilment allow them to pursue a real autonomous way of
living.

Pilgrim Hostel – Camino de Santiago 

PROYECTO HOMBRE LEON

INCORPORA: Spanish employment Network

COMPANIES
23.626
job
contracts
(2015)

CaixaBank

370
NGOs

Considerations
Drug treatment’s efficacy may fail if we don’t pay
accurate attention on promoting real job opportunities.
We shall stress national and local governments to adopt
more employment measures for vulnerable populations
and encouraging the private sector through tax benefits.
Stigmatization will be diminished if we demonstrate to
the society the advantages of a recovered person at
work.
Dealing with unemployment is definitely related to drug
demand reduction and these practices should be
properly evaluated.

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