Employment Assistance in Germany for People with Addiction-Related Illnesses
"The anyway tense situation on the labour market makes it difficult for substance dependent people to reintegrate after therapy into professional and social life. The unemployment quota among drug addicts is extremely high – depending on the severity of the problem up to more than 80%. Studies show that social and professional integration is a crucial factor for sustained abstinence.
"The integrative approach adopted by the Social Security Codes II (SGB II) enables socio-integrative services to be provided in addition to the instruments of employment promotion. An integral part of these supporting integration services is addiction counselling (§ 16a SGB II).
"Addiction counselling, as a service to be provided in respect of SGB II, falls – like the other socio-integrative integration services - under the organisational and financial responsibility of the municipalities. The Federal Ministry for Employment and Social Affairs assumes supervisory functions defined by SGB II insofar as the Federal Employment Agency is the service provider but not with regard to services provided by the municipalities. These are placed under the supervision of the Laender. This is the reason why the Federal Government currently does not have any computed data at hand on specific measures or activities carried out with regard to drugs and addiction in the field of basic social care for people in search of work."
German Reference Centre for the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (Deutsche Beobachtungsstelle fuer Drogen und Drogensucht (DBDD)), "2012 National Report to the EMCDDA by the Reitox National Focal Point: Germany: New Developments, Trends and In-Depth Information on Selected Issues - Drug Situation 2011/2012" (Munich, Germany: DBDD, Oct. 2012), pp. 156-157.