Mr. Stephen Davids

Name
Mr. Stephen Davids
Qualification
BA (Social Work)
Company
Presentation Title
AMIDST A WAR: AN ALCOHOLIC’S EXPERIENCE OF EMPLOYEE WELLNESS PRACTITIONER
Content Focus Area
Individual Level
Addiction At Work – Digital/ Social Media, Drugs, Alcohol
Biographical information
From the age of 19 to 29 the mainstay feature of my life was the abuse of alcohol and the embrace of its associated lifestyle. In 2003 I had an encounter with an employer wellness program that I believed has change my life forever.

By 2004 I enrolled for a degree in Social Work at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University. By 2008 I graduated and found employment at an NGO that specialized in the rehabilitation of offenders. At this organization I was exposed to rapid assessment and intervention on an individual and family level. The implementation of restorative justice restorative practices and principles underpinned and continues form the core of my approach.

At the beginning of 2012, after approximately 4 years in the NGO sector I entered into private practice. During my transition period from the NGO sector to the private sector I worked part time at an inpatient drug treatment facility on the outskirts of Port Elizabeth.

The majority of my caseload, 2012 to date (actually 2008) has been the management and treatment of substance dependants and or assisting their families. The involuntary admission to a drug treatment facility has become my primary intervention.I have trained and or worked with local organizations such as A Fighting Chance, Families Against Drugs, and Endangered Species. I have presented various substance abuse related topics to institutions such as the Elizabeth Donkin Psychiatric Hospital, National Ports Authority, and the Eastern Cape Department of Social Development. I have supervised fourth year social work students, presented training, and guest lectured at the local Nelson Madela University, Social Work Department.According to my wife I live, sleep and Work: DRUGS.

Abstract
The session aims to challenge commonly held beliefs as to how to deal with persons affected by and or dependent on chemical substances. The speaker aims to share his personal journey with overcoming his dependence on alcohol, while sharing practice reflections in comparison to academic theory.
Session Description
The session aims to challenge commonly held beliefs as to how to deal with persons affected by and or dependent on chemical substances. The speaker aims to share his personal journey with overcoming his dependence on alcohol, while sharing practice reflections in comparison to academic theory.
Learning Objective 1
To assist delegates with distinguishing between voluntary and involuntary service users
Learning Objective 2
To assist delegates with identifying the various stages of change
Learning Objective 3
To help delegates understand why relapse rates are high
Audience Level
Intermediate