Substance Abuse

Drug and alcohol problems can affect every one of us regardless of age, sex, race, marital status, place of residence, income level, or lifestyle.

The extreme psychological impact of substance abuse is addiction.

Many people view drug abuse and addiction as strictly a social problem. Parents, teens, older adults, and other members of the community tend to characterize people who take drugs as morally weak or as having criminal tendencies. They believe that drug abusers and addicts should be able to stop taking drugs if they are willing to change their behavior.

These myths have not only stereotyped those with drug-related problems, but also their families, their communities, and the health care professionals who work with them. Drug abuse and addiction comprise a public health problem that affects many people and has wide-ranging social consequences. It is NIDA’s (National Institute on Drug Abuse) goal to help the public replace its myths and long-held mistaken beliefs about drug abuse and addiction with scientific evidence that addiction is a chronic, relapsing, and treatable disease.

Drug abuse is a major public health problem that impacts society on multiple levels. Directly or indirectly, every community is affected by drug abuse and addiction, as is every family. Drugs take a tremendous toll on our society at many levels.

Below is a summary of the course contents:

Substance Abuse

RECOGNISE THE SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF SUBSTANCE ABUSE AND ADDICTION

  • What is substance abuse?
  • What is addiction?
  • Identify clusters of symptoms that indicate possible substance abuse in a specific situation in order to make a management decision.
  • Identify patterns of behaviour in the workplace that indicate dependency in a specific situation
  • Stages in the dependency process
  • The dangers of managers making an unqualified clinical diagnosis
  • The relationship between substance abuse and work performance with reference to agreed performance standards

DESCRIBE THE IMPLICATIONS AND CONSEQUENCES OF SUBSTANCE ABUSE AND ADDICTION FOR THE INDIVIDUAL & THE ORGANISATION

  • The impact of substance abuse on an individual with reference to personal consequences
  • The impact of substance abuse on co-workers
  • The impact of substance abuse on an organisation with reference to productivity, cost, risks, safety and legal implications

EXPLAIN THE MANAGER`S ROLE IN DEALING WITH INTOXICATED AND ADDICTED EMPLOYEES

  • The process to be followed in dealing with intoxication at work with reference to an organisation’s policies and sound legal practice
  • The process to be followed in dealing with addiction or dependency with reference to the team member’s or manager’s role in intervening in the situation
  • Situations where it would be necessary to refer an employee for assistance and an indication is given of available professional support structures
  • Issues of confidentiality, discrimination and professional and ethical conduct in dealing with intoxication or addiction with reference to the role of the manager

EXPLAIN THE RECOVERY PROCESS AND THE IMPLICATIONS FOR MANAGERS

  • The addiction treatment process and the importance of the process
  • The concepts of recovery and relapse
  • High-risk situations that could contribute to a relapse are identified for a specific case study and suggestions are made as to how managers and colleagues could support the treatment process

4 – 5 hours

This course is recommended to all staff members in your Company.

Alcohol and drug abuse not only affects the individual concerned, but also endangers the circle of people surrounding the abuser, and has the potential to destroy the person’s career and relationships. Alcohol impairs the brain’s proper function. It reduces the ability to make sound judgments and decisions, and increases the likelihood of mistakes through the loss of spatial awareness and control of the body. As heavy drinkers or drug users become more unreliable, their absenteeism increases while their productivity diminishes. While these issues will have a negative impact on any workplace over time, they are particularly damaging in industries where employees’ physical safety may be at risk from others, such as in construction or distribution.

Substance abuse can significantly interfere with an employee’s productivity.