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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 Effects of Drugs of Abuse on the Brain

The Effects of Drugs of Abuse on the Brain

Most drugs of abuse target the brain’s reward system, whether directly or indirectly. These substances flood the reward system with dopamine that regulates movement, emotion, motivation, and feelings of pleasure.

Dopamine is naturally activated during exercise, when a person smells good food, during sexual activities and other pleasurable events.

How Drugs and Alcohol Interact with Dopamine

When dopamine is artificially overstimulated through drug and alcohol use, it produces euphoric effects. These strongly reinforce the behavior of abuse and make the user more inclined to use again.

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