It is widely accepted that the consumption of Alcohol (and use of drugs although illegal) are a common part of today’s society and will continue to be so for many years to come.
They are seen as an integral part of socialising, relaxing and having an opportunity to escape from the stresses and worries of day to day life.
They can, however, be the root cause of many social and economic issues with substance abuse being the root cause of many types of crime, a root cause of much stress that is put on the Health Service and the root cause of many Social Care Interventions.
Substance abuse can have a massively detrimental effect on individuals, families, communities and organisations.
And, while we need to ensure that front-line workers who face these effects on a daily basis are knowledgeable and equipped to deal with the individuals and situations they might come across. We also need to be aware that the professionals themselves may be suffering from their own addictions and substance issues.
Drug and Alcohol awareness is something that we all need to be mindful of so as to ensure that those who are affected can be supported in the best way possible.
This course is designed for any front-line professional, supervisor or manager who may supervise staff or come across situations relating to substance misuse in their daily role. It is also aimed at any one who might have an interest in the subject or who may manage, supervise or work alongside colleagues where concerns might be heightened.
By the end of the course, learners will understand:
- The different types of substance abuse and how people become dependent or addicted
- What the signs and symptoms of substance abuse are
- When to be concerned
- The direct links to crime and social issues
- The impact and outcomes for all concerned
- The legal side of substance misuse
- Treatment options and support
- How to manage substance misuse in the work place.