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As first responders, addiction affects our jobs on a day to day basis. Being on the front lines of this epidemic, it can be easy to lose sight of the people behind the addiction. In this course we will take a look at the human elements of addiction.  First we are going to talk about addiction as a concept and begin to understand how people become addicted and why its so hard to overcome. Then,  we are going to talk about how addiction affects the people you serve, and how in turn, that affects you. And finally, we are going to talk about addiction within the fire service, looking both at yourself and at the people you work beside everyday.