Face It Together Redux


PCA Colorado has recently joined the ranks of recovery organizations swiftly becoming advocates and fans of “Face It Together” of Sioux Falls South Dakota. These recovery management pioneers have developed an amazing approach to addressing the outrageous toll that addiction takes on our people and our communities.

I have decided to include reposts of their blog at www.wefaceittogether.org  we believe their work is part of our future in America. Here’s our first repost titled-

Data Drop: Employment Status

Today’s data drop is 66.9%.

Since the start of 2016, 66.9% of Face It TOGETHER clients report maintaining a stable level of employment as either full- or part-time.

Face It TOGETHER collects data on the status of our client’s employment at intake. This information is updated as that status changes with the client. For clients that reported their status, 54.0% indicated they were employed full-time (Figure 1).

Figure 1. Client Employment Status


Unstable employment is often an outcome of the disease of addiction. Individuals with addiction have higher rates of other chronic physical illnesses and mental health problems. Employees with addiction problems function at about two-thirds of their capability and are three times more likely to be late for work. There is also an increase in absenteeism and presenteeism. All of these factors greatly hinder a person’s ability to maintain stable employment – either at the same job or at the same level (e.g., full-time).

Face It TOGETHER has found that in 2016, the majority (66.9%) of our clients report maintaining a stable level of employment. Of those clients that have maintained a certain level of employment, 78.9% continued to be employed full-time and 21.1% continued at part-time. At this time, we are unable to discern if those clients have maintained employment in the exact same job; however, we will further explore this throughout the next year with enhancements to our proprietary data collection system.

We looked closer at the group of clients that did not remain stable in either a full- or part-time position. In 2016, 28.7% of our clients reported being unemployed (Figure 1). A subset (6.9%) of the clients that were either unemployed or employed part-time reported a positive change in their employment status since receiving services through our peer recovery coaching. These clients all reported a change from unemployed or part-time to full-time.

Another important aspect for us to consider is the impact of a person’s employment on their overall wellbeing. Is the person working in an environment that is supportive to their recovery? Is the person’s employment meeting their financial needs? Is the person satisfied with their employment? Face It TOGETHER will continue to work with our clients and our affiliates to better understand the impact of our services on their employment and their overall wellbeing.


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