Workplace Substance Use

Workplace Substance Use 

Substance use, particularly in the workplace, carries a stigma that can make it difficult to ask for help or to take steps to assist an impaired employee. It also results in a variety of expensive problems for organizations, such as low employee satisfaction, turnover, decreased productivity, injuries, and even a higher rate of insurance claims filed by employees. Supervisors have a unique role in the success of a drug-free workplace policy. They are often the first to identify a potential problem.

The goal of this course is to provide managers and leaders with an understanding of the competencies needed to identify and manage employees with substance use issues.


Hours: 2.00


Certificates provided by accrediting body (1 Match)

Texas Health and Human Services Commission


Texas HHSC has determined that Relias Learning’s submitted training meets or exceeds the minimum standards for HCSSA administrator training in the following categories: Licensed Home Health (LHH), Licensed and Certified Home Health (L&CHH), Personal Assistance Services (PAS), Hospice. Texas HHSC also recognizes Relias Learning provides continuing education for administrators and alternate administrators. This activity is approved for 2.00 contact hours.

Course Details

Course Code: REL-ALL-0-WSU
Hours: 2
Type: Online Course
Content Expiration Date: 9/30/2026
Learning Objectives:
Cite specific indicators that an employee has substance use issues.
Describe how employees who are impaired due to substance use detract from organizational goals.
Recognize your responsibilities as a manager regarding substance use, including the legal aspects of substance use in the workplace.


Section 1: Introduction

About This Course

Learning Objectives

Section 2: Substance Issues at Work

Substance Problems are Bad for Business

Substance Use Prevalence

How Common Is Substance Use at Work?

The Cost of Substance Use

Casual Use Is a Problem

Supervisor Factors

“I Don’t Have a Problem”

What Are Substance Issues?

What Is a Substance Use Disorder?

Identifying Substance Use Disorders

What Is Drug Addiction?

Is Addiction a Disease?

Co-Occurring Disorders

Barriers to Intervention



Section 3: Organizational Policies

Drug-Free Workplace Programs

A Written Policy

Employee Education

Supervisor Training

Employee Assistance Programs

Drug Testing

Prevention Works

Legal Aspects of Substance Use in the Workplace



Section 4: Intervention and Support

Assisting an Employee with Substance Issues


Emotional Indicators

Behavioral Indicators

Physical Status Indicators

Workplace Performance Indicators

Assess Fitness for Work


How and What to Document

Meet with the Employee


Follow Policy

Professional Evaluation

Returning to Work



Section 4: Conclusion


Course Contributor



Expert Reviewer: Bryn Davis, M.Ed, LPC
Bryn Davis received a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology & Sociology from the University of Virginia and a Master's of Education in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Lynchburg College. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor in Virginia and a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor in North Carolina. Prior to joining Relias in 2020, she served as Clinical Director of a community mental health agency, developed an intensive treatment program for individuals diagnosed with substance use disorders, and provided outpatient counseling focused on trauma-informed care. Disclosure: Bryn Davis, M.Ed, LPC has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
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