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A Manager's Guide to a Drug-Free Workplace


Learn some myths and facts about substance abuse and how to identify people in trouble.

Alcohol, prescription drugs, the opioid epidemic, and most recently, fentanyl and other substances have adverse health consequences for self, families, and the workplace. Understanding how addiction changes brain chemistry is the first step toward developing a compassionate view of substance use disorders (SUD).

Learn some myths and facts about substance abuse and how to identify people in trouble. Discover how to constructively intervene with someone and address concerns. Identify and eliminate barriers to helping or accepting help and some dos and don'ts of these communications. Help to promote the culture of eliminating the stigma around substance abuse and addictions for employees by being an agent of change. Understand the costs of substance abuse in the workplace. Recognize the signs and symptoms of substance use by learning about the stages of addiction and its impact on the workplace. Understand your responsibilities and how we can all be a part of hope and a healthy tomorrow. You will learn about regulations, reasonable suspicion, ways to document, procedures and protocols, and how to keep the workplace drug and alcohol-free.



Ria Dark

Ria Dark


  • National speaker with a background in mental health, substance abuse disorders, and corporate wellness
  • Coursework covers leadership, communication, diversity and inclusion, conflict resolution, mental health in the workplace, and work/life balance
  • Helps to develop business strategies targeting short-term and long-term objectives, leads and motivates teams to advance engagement, develops high-performing groups, and tends to the well-being of employees
  • Training repertoire is highlighted by positive psychology and resilience to create happiness at work
  • Coached and consulted at all levels of organizations within a variety of top industries including EAPs, insurance, healthcare, consumer products, as well as government and academia
  • Author of How to Overcome Gender Labels, Healthy New Albany
  • Registered yoga teacher, Yoga Alliance, RYT 500; International Institute of Risk & Safety Management member; substance abuse professional, Department of Transportation; sub-stance abuse expert, Nuclear Commission; licensed clinical social worker
  • Ph.D. ABD degree in human services, Capella University; M.S degree in counseling, University of Dayton; B.S. degree in psychology, The Ohio State University

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