Substance abuse is a serious problem affecting the workplace. Substance abuse can hinder an employee’s ability to perform their job duties safely, accurately and efficiently. When drug or alcohol use impacts job performance, it becomes a supervisory concern with possible consequences for everyone in the workplace.
The struggle with substance abuse is characterized by repeated failures to stop or control use, an increase in the number and severity of problems caused by use and the need for increased amounts of the substance to reach the desired effect.
Employees of any age, sex or economic status are capable of abusing alcohol or becoming addicted to drugs. While it is impossible to know if any one individual will become a substance abuser, there are many risk factors which can increase a person’s chances of developing an addiction. Being aware of these risk factors and taking steps to eliminate or minimize them can in turn decrease the chances of a person engaging in substance abuse.
Overcoming substance abuse can seem like an insurmountable goal. Sobriety may not seem possible but it is. Never give up even if you have failed in your attempts before at getting “clean.” The road to recovery is often very difficult with ups and downs and many bumps along the way. There are many organizations and groups dedicated to helping people overcome addictions each with their own steps and support systems.
This training course will help employers in providing the proper and necessary training concerning substance abuse among employees. This course will take you approximately 30 minute to complete and will cover the following topics:
- Reasons for substance abuse
- Risk factors
- Signs of abuse & dependence
- Recognizing self abuse
- Recognizing substance abuse in coworkers
- Impact on employees
- Drug testing
- Overcoming substance abuse