It is widely accepted that the consumption of alcohol (and use of other drugs, although illegal) are a common part of today’s society and will continue to be so for many years to come.
Alcohol is widely seen as an integral part of socialising, relaxing and having an opportunity to escape from the stresses and worries of day to day life.
These substances, however, can be linked to many social and economic issues, with substance abuse being the root cause of many types of crime, and a major factor in the daily stresses that are put on the health and social care sectors.
Substance abuse can have a massively detrimental effect on individuals, families, communities and wider society.
We need to ensure that frontline workers who face these issues on a daily basis are knowledgeable and appropriately equipped to deal with differing and challenging situations as they arise. We also need to be vigilant to the fact that professionals themselves may also be suffering from their own addictions and substance issues and that this could potentially be something that they will need support and help to recognise and overcome.
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 who may come across situations relating to substance misuse in their daily role. It is also aimed at anyone 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 problems
- The impact and outcomes for all concerned
- Ways of offering support