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Drug and Alcohol Awareness Training

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Alcohol and drugs are part of the fabric of our society. Many of us use them socially without negative consequences and millions of people are prescribed them by GPs to help with illness and disease. However, some people using substances do so problematically. This can be detrimental to their health, relationships and potentially their future.

This full-day course will provide practitioners with a general awareness of substance related issues relevant to their practice. The course will cover:

  • Recognising types/effects of common substances
  • Understanding why people use substances
  • Exploring own attitudes and beliefs towards substances
  • Healthy guidelines on units and harm minimisation
  • The social, health and legal implications of substance use
  • How to get support from local services
  • How to promote conversations about substance use in your setting

This course suitable for anyone over the age of 18 who wishes to understand the issues surrounding substance use and how they might support someone who is using substances problematically.

Training Dates

New digital awareness sessions for schools

Teachers, tutors and youth workers are being urged to take advantage of our new digital resources aimed at raising awareness of drug and alcohol issues among young people.

“We are calling on teachers and youth workers to get in touch with us if they are struggling to create sessions for Personal, Social, Health and Economic education (PSHE), Citizenship or Tutorials classes,” said Leigh Williams, CADAS CEO.

“Normally we deliver our awareness sessions face-to-face. However, because of the COVID-19 pandemic that is not possible at the moment, so we have digitised them and created Power Point presentations that can be delivered by teachers or tutors in schools and colleges as part of remote learning sessions, via Zoom or Teams.”

One general drugs and alcohol presentation is designed for any secondary school pupils. For sixth form and further education students and for apprentices there are three other sessions available – on alcohol; smoking and vaping; and drugs.

“They focus on educating young people how to keep themselves and others safe, how to recognise the effects of substances and about the support services that are there to help them or their family,” said Ms Williams.

If you are a teacher, tutor or youth workers who would like to get hold of any of our new digital resources for schools, please ring 0300 111 4002 or 07745 266555 for more information.


Useful Resources

Unit Calculator

Think you might be drinking too much? Use DrinkAware's handy unit calculator to work out how many units of alcohol you are consuming along with recommended weekly guidelines.

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Drug A-Z

Want to know more about drugs? Their nicknames, effects and risks? FRANK has a fantastic drug A-Z where you can find all of the information you need.

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Are you waiting for recovery support? Would you like to know how to support yourself in the meantime? We have 10 self-care tips that could help you.

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Legal Highs

Want more information on New Psychoactive Substances (legal highs)? Including the effects, risks and their legality? FRANK has some fantastic information for you.

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