There are practical benefits, too.
“A lot of patients go on to a sober-living facility, which requires payment up front,” Brown said.
“Many people are starting from scratch in finding a job. The job search can be overwhelming to the point of being discouraging,” he said.
After treatment, the center offers a 12-week continuing care program to provide additional support for patients, including those seeking employment.
Anne-Marie McIntyre, a UC senior in psychology, was one of the first student facilitators to work with the center’s clients. She shared her experience with other students who will be doing likewise this year.
“Some don’t have computer skills so I wrote step-by-step instructions for how to get on the internet and how to use job search engines. They all took notes,” she said. “We set up email accounts for those who needed one. In the third week, we did some mock interviews.”