Substance Abuse Professional – DOT

Substance Abuse Professional – DOT

As an employee of the Department of Transportation (DOT),  drug and alcohol testing should not come back positive.  Therefore, the result is an evaluation with a Substance Abuse Professional (SAP).

Drug & Alcohol Testing Program (DATP) –  The Department of Transportation (DOT) regulates all persons who possess a commercial driver’s license (CDL). DOT requires all driver’s to follow alcohol and drug testing rules. As a result, the Substance Abuse Professional (SAP) is required to conduct a thorough face-to-face assessment. The SAP, also recommends a requires a successful plan of treatment and/or education. As well is responsible for drug and/or alcohol testing and monitoring.

The Substance Abuse Professional (SAP) is a person who evaluates employees who have violated a DOT drug and alcohol program regulation. Therefore, they make recommendations concerning education, treatment, follow-up testing, and aftercare.

 DOT – Return-To-Duty-Process (RTDP) is started before you are considering a return work to a DOT safety-sensitive position.  DOT requires successful completion of all recommendations. In the DOT, the return-to-duty process, and any positive drug screens, you will be subjected to unannounced “Follow-Up” testing.  The employee wil participate in standardized testing. This will occur for at least 6 times during the first 12 months of active service. Testing can take up to 60 months (as prescribed by the SAP).

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The Disease of Addiction

The Disease of Addiction

This disease called Addiction is like any other disease.  It’s chronic and organic. The chronic part of this disease is that it’s fatal.  The organic part of this disease targets the brain,  which is an organ. As with all diseases, it is accompanied by structural changes in organs and the tissue.

We know that with continued use, the disease gets worse.  This disease known as Addiction is fatal, no doubt. There is, however, high-risk factors which will most certainly guarantee a path towards overdosing leading to death.  

Reward Processing by the Opioid System in the Brain

Given the discovery of the opioid system, we recognize that it stems from the use of opium in ancient history. Opium, extracted from poppy seeds (Papaver somniferum), has powerful pain-relieving properties and produces euphoria.

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