Stimulants are psychoactive drugs which induce temporary improvements in either mental or physical function or both. Examples of these kinds of effects may include enhanced alertness, wakefulness, and locomotion, among others. The majority of drugs taken by people tend to be stimulants. The most common illegal stimulants in the UK are amphetamine, ecstasy, cocaine and mephedrone. Globally methamphetamine is the most widely used illegal stimulant drug.
A one or two day stimulants training course focusing on specific interventions, health, psychiatric issues, appropriate treatment and effective ways of working with this client group. The course covers;
- History of stimulants.
- Current world and UK situation.
- Current policy / research documents.
- Different types of stimulants.
- How stimulants work.
- Health and Psychiatric implications.
Aims and objectives
- Increase knowledge and awareness of the issues relating to stimulant use.
- Increase knowledge of how stimulants are used and the effects upon individual’s physiology and neurology.
- Understand the possible affects on health.
- Understand how specific interventions at relevant stages can increase engagement.
- Increase confidence in working with this client group.
- Increase competence in working with this client group.
Drug and alcohol national occupational 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.
- AB5 Assess and act upon immediate risk of danger to substance users.
- AG1 Develop, implement and review care plans for individuals.
- AG2 Contribute to care planning and review.
- HSC347 Help individuals to access employment.
- AK3 Enable individuals to access housing and accommodation.