Substance Abuse Among Developers

aa-logoThis being a holiday week the guys chose to air a special episode on substance abuse. This was originally part of the Mental Health episode but BJ went “Full Med Student” on the notes and produced a few shows. As many of us gather with our families this week we can see issues with substance abuse come out more than at other times. Part of this is from not having the responsibility of getting up and going to work and part from the stress that usually comes with travel and large gatherings. In this episode Will and BJ discuss some of the signs and symptoms of substance abuse as well as what to do if you suspect you or someone you know may need help. They begin by defining Substance Abuse as an over-indulgence in or dependence on an addictive substance, especially alcohol or drugs. Next Will reviews physical, behavioral, and psychological warning signs of a substance abuse disorder. They guys then delve into the medical signs and symptoms of substance abuse and how they may appear different within the development community. Next they take a look at specific workplace behaviors and how drug abuse can effect the workplace, coworkers, and job retention. In the end they provide information on where to look for help if you or someone you know may be suffering from a substance abuse disorder.

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