Careers, training and development

Training and developmentDrug and alcohol workers come from a range of backgrounds, often having worked in nursing, counselling, social care, or the criminal justice system – a key attribute is the ability to work calmly with vulnerable people.

Another common route into the profession is through experience, paid or unpaid, and many organisations offer volunteering placements to gain this. ‘Experts by experience’ – people who have overcome addiction problems themselves – have become a valued part of the workforce.

The sector’s professional body, the Federation of Drug and Alcohol Professionals (FDAP) offer a range of training courses, including online, to develop the competence of workers and managers in line with the Drug and Alcohol National Occupational Standards (DANOS).

A list of organisations providing courses and qualifications for the sector can be found here.

Click here to view a full list of trainers and consultants.