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Responding to problematic substance use

Knowledge, skills and confidence

In your day-to-day work in your organisation you may come across people and whānau impacted by problematic substance use. This may be behaviour related to intoxication, physical harm or substance withdrawal. Knowing how to respond and what you can do to support the person and whānau will mean the person can get the support they need safely and quickly.

Te Pou has developed two workshops to increase knowledge, skills and confidence in knowing how to recognise and respond to problematic substance use if you work in a community based organisation or work in a more clinical setting.

How to help with substance use impacts

How to help with substance use impacts is a workshop for workers in community organisations. The workshop will help workers to:

  • recognise harmful and risky substance use
  • respond safely to substance use issues
  • understand harm reduction approaches
  • support safer withdrawal management.

The workshop will explore:

  • practical strategies to support an intoxicated person with disturbed behaviour
  • how to support a person in withdrawal from alcohol, methamphetamine, and synthetic cannabinoids
  • how to provide harm reduction advice.

The content of this workshop can be adapted to suit local needs.

If you are unfamiliar with problematic substance use, Blueprint for Learning provide Addiction 101, a free one-day introductory workshop or series of online workshops here. Attending Addiction 101 will help you get the most out of the above workshops.

Substance use, intoxication and withdrawal management

Substance use, intoxication and withdrawal management is a workshop for workers in more clinical settings. The workshop will help workers to:

  • understand the function of substance use and the impact of stigma on help seeking
  • recognise harmful and risky substance use
  • develop practical strategies to assess and manage behavioural disturbance due to intoxication and withdrawal
  • recognise and respond to withdrawal.

The workshops will also explore:

  • how to engage with people who use substances
  • what is harm reduction
  • how to provide harm reduction advice for people who continue to use substances
  • how to refer to specialist addiction services
  • other community supports.

Find out more

The workshops can be delivered face to face, as traffic light settings allow, as a one-day workshop in a region or as a series of three 2 hour webinars over the course of 3 weeks.

Please contact yafan.gao@tepou.co.nz to find out more information and if your organisation and others in your community would like to attend either workshop in person or online.

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