Working with Alcohol Dependence

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Course Overview

Alcohol is Europe’s most widely available and frequently abused drug. In excess, alcohol is known to cause a large range of physical, mental and social problems due to its harmful and behaviour-altering properties, including liver disease, cognitive impairment, risk of accident and heightened crime.

The course will enable professionals to understand the complexities of alcohol dependence, withdrawal and detoxification and how to manage these conditions and processes. The training is designed to be highly adaptable and can be tailored to your own work place setting.

Key Objectives
  • Learn about alcohol dependence, both from a social and medical perspective; explore individual experiences and understand the symptoms of alcohol withdrawal and how they differ from other substance misuse symptoms.
  • Develop a broad understanding of investigations, tests and associated conditions for individuals with alcohol dependence
  • Develop a knowledge of available intervention options; medical treatments including effects, side effects, contraindications and best practice prescribing guidance.
  • Investigate best practice and consider how to integrate this into their own environment.
  •  Consider the bigger picture, such as the importance of psychosocial interventions, planning beyond detox and sensitivity to family and carers.

DANOS Standards

  • AA1 Recognise indications of substance misuse and refer individuals to specialists.
  • HSC233 Relate to, and interact with, individuals.
  • HSC3111 Promote the equality, diversity, rights and responsibilities of individuals.
  • AB2 Support individuals who are substance users.
  • HSC33 Develop your own knowledge and practice.
  • AD1 Raise awareness about substances, their use and effects.

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