Online drug and alcohol training for supervisors
Online Drug and Alcohol Training for Supervisors
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What the online drug and alcohol training for supervisors program includes:

  • Information about the disease concept of alcoholism and drug addiction;
  • Impact workplace substance abuse; common myths and misconceptions;
  • About tolerance and cross tolerance;
  • Understanding loss of control,
  • Denial,
  • Avoiding armchair diagnosing,
  • Stopping enabling. 
  • Pictures of licit and illicit drugs from major categories,
  • Signs and symptoms,
  • Effects on behavior
  • Effects on performance
  • Principles of constructive confrontation.
  • Alcohol information and alcoholism awareness

Most online drug and alcohol training for supervisors omits information that clears up myths and misconceptions about alcohol. This is hazardous.

Having misinformation about alcoholism and drug addiction go unchallenged leavers supervisors in the same position as they were before training.  This misinformation gets in the way of effectively responding to troubled employees, who can easily explain away and postpone confrontation as a result of their increasingly, well-practiced defensive mechanisms.

Without effective online drug and alcohol training for supervisors and a set of guiding principles for managing troubled employees with alcohol and drug problems, your supervisors will be unwittingly outmatched.

Alcoholism/Drug Addiction is always first and then other personal problems are addressed. Often problems are directly caused by the primary health care problem--addiction.

Supervisors normally become aware of a variety of personal problems long before obvious alcohol or drug problems are observed.  These are often symptoms of the alcohol or drug problem, but are mistakenly believed to be causes rather than symptoms.

So you online drug and and alcohol training for supervisors cannot overlook these common issues. For example, it is critical that supervisors learn that other problems do not cause alcoholism or drug addiction. 

Alcoholism or drug addiction may contribute to these and other problems.  Or, these problems make alcoholism or drug addiction worse.  One of the most popular misconceptions is that alcoholism is caused by stress.   Example:  "Hey, you would drink too, if your wife left you for another man."  The next step for this individual is an evaluation to rule out acute chronic alcoholism.  Non-alcoholic drinkers could not use alcohol “successfully” in this way to feel better about such a problem.  It wouldn't work.

Supervisors may avoid referring if they attempt to determine the nature of personal problems interfering with job performance.  Focusing on personal problems leads to discussion and possible solutions -- often the wrong one if its not the EAP.

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