Understanding Addictions

With alcohol and other drugs forming such a central part of our day to day life, it’s not surprising that they have a significant impact on our workplaces. In accordance with The societal costs of alcohol misuse in Australia report, $6 billion dollars each year is the estimated cost of alcohol and other drugs to businesses – a significant proportion of which is attributable to lost productivity and sick days.

This workshop provides essential information regarding the impact of addictions on the workplace. Participants will develop a clear understanding of the harmful effects of substance and non-substance abuse and what strategies can be taken. This workshop helps to support workplace policy and develop a supportive culture that actively promotes the health and well-being of employees.

Learning Objectives 

  • Understand the prevalence of substance abuse in Australia and how it impacts the workplace.
  • Develop an understanding of addiction and how it effects the brain.
  • Recognise the different types of substance and non-substance abuse and their harmful effects.
  • Understand the employer and employee legal responsibilities pertaining to substance abuse in the workplace.
  • Understand what strategies are available to manage addictions in the workplace.
  • Gain an understanding of the best ways to support someone struggling with an addiction in the workplace.
  • Obtain details regarding what other support and resources are available (EAP, Human Resources etc.).
  • Additional: Gain tips for developing a workplace drug and alcohol management policy.

Duration: available in 3-Hr, Half Day or Full Day options.

"The safety and wellbeing of our clients and staff is always our top priority. Acacia EAP is currently operating under normal conditions. Due to the pandemic status of COVID-19, some locations may move from face-to-face counselling to secure video or phone. All counselling services are able to be provided 24/7, as always. We will continue to monitor the situation closely and act quickly on the advice of health authorities."