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 Current Challenges for the Social and Professional Reintegration of Young Drug Users. Motivation through and for Work

  • Mihaela Tomiţă (West Universiy of Timişoara, Lecturer, PhD, West University of Timisoara, researcher FISAN. E-mail:
  • Adela Şleam (National Antidrug Agency, Romania, E-mail:

Adolescence is seen as a critical period regarding the adoption of a behavior of drug consumption that leads to absenteeism, respectively dropout. But adolescence is the period during which individuals realize their own preferences regarding their educational and vocational route. The coordinates that essentially mark the status of a drug user in Romania are the impossibility of maintaining a stable socio-occupational frame, stigmatization, marginalization and even social exclusion. For these reasons, it is necessary to conduct activities that facilitate the access to the labor market of drug users that, because of the lack of training or work experience, have employment difficulties. In order to motivate drug users to reduce or give up the consumption behavior and to reintegrate on the labor market, it is important to consider his interest in certain areas of knowledge or activity. Also, the more obvious the overlap between career opportunities and personal values is, the more likely their choice and stability will be found in their choice. Seen from the perspective of current challenges, this paper analyzes and highlights the role that education, motivation for work and community support plays in the socio-professional reintegration of young drug users. In this context, the activity of reintegration of drug users cannot be reduced to working directly with the client, an extremely important role accounting for professionals in building support networks, starting from the specific resources for professional reintegration: socio-educational centers, socio-professional orientation centers, centers for promoting professional alternatives, educational, entertainment and leisure workshops, workshops for developing social skills, services for finding jobs.

Keywords: Social reintegration, drug, drug user, risk factors, protection factors