Research suggests employment is a key factor in an individual’s recovery and employer’s views have historically limited opportunities for highly marginalized groups. Objectives: This study provides an analysis of views among employers regarding the hiring of individuals in addiction recovery. Methods: A convenience sample of 382 employers affiliated with the chambers of commerce was recruited to participate in this study. The authors used descriptive and inferential statistical methods to analyze data received through an online questionnaire. Results: The results suggest gender influences the views of employers to hire individuals in recovery. Women are more likely to hire individuals in recovery than men. Additionally, levels of concern among employers vary across industries displaying a likelihood of employers to hire individuals in recovery dependent on the extent of needs. Conclusion: The findings help illuminate the employability of this unique population and also develop a better understanding of the characteristics of prospective employers who are willing to hire individuals in addiction recovery.
Becton, A. B., Juarez, S. W., & Chen, R. K. (2020). Hiring Individuals in Addiction Recovery: Characteristics, Levels of Concern and Willingness. The Journal of Rehabilitation, 86(2), 39-46.