Drug and alcohol awareness

There are many types of drugs that your residents and service users may be using now or have used in the past. With recent law change’s previously ‘Legal highs’ are now illegal, and tenants who use these or any of the other widely misused drugs available in the UK, could mean legal consequences for not just the user but for you as service providers or landlord. Growing ‘Skunk’ Cannabis at home is on the rise and again may mean consequences both legal and financial for both tenant and landlord. 

Drug and alcohol awareness

This course will provide a practical understanding of the effects of all the different types of legal and illegal drugs misused in the UK and will give participants practical skills in dealing with drug users of all types. 

Training focus and outcomes 

  • Drug and alcohol use in the UK: its history and current UK prevalence 
  • Understanding drugs and the law including section 8 of the 1971 Misuse of Drugs Act that relates to premises 
  • To explore all the illegal drugs used in the UK including previously ‘legal highs’, Fentanyl, Balloons and Alcohol. 
  • Understanding signs and symptoms of drug and alcohol use 
  • To explore ‘Dual diagnosis’; mental health and substance misuse combined 
  • How do drugs and alcohol affect physical and mental health? 
  • How does drug and alcohol use affect the housing sector including issues relating to health and safety and dealing with alcohol-related aggression and drug-related crime? 
  • Exploring some simple but effective methods for working with drug and alcohol users 
  • Understanding what treatment options are available for the range of drug and alcohol users you will work with. 

Drug and alcohol awareness

Danny McGowan

Mental health and wellbeing Danny McGowan

Danny McGowan BSC, MSC has been involved in supporting people with substance misuse, mental health and other complex needs for over 20 years. He has developed experience in many specialist areas, such as working with hoarders and those with a dual diagnosis, and has delivered training in techniques such as motivational interviewing and CBT.

Danny uses a combination of his years of experience, current good practice guidelines and research evidence to deliver the  topics he trains. He uses a holistic interactive training style that provides delegates with real skills and information, which they are then able to apply back in the workplace and beyond. He has delivered training and provided consultancy to numerous organisations during his career. Notable clients include the Department of Health, Department of Work and Pensions and the Home Office as well as housing organisations across the UK.

training track record

HQN has a track record of helping organisations achieve real and lasting performance improvements. If you are interested in accessing this training package, please contact us by emailing training@hqnetwork.co.uk