Alcohol Consciousness Month is a nationwide public well being consciousness marketing campaign sponsored by the Nationwide Council for Alcoholism and Drug Dependence. To contribute to this month’s marketing campaign, the 97th Air Mobility Wing held an alcohol consciousness coaching for base members, April 16, 2021.
This coaching was hosted by the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention and Remedy program, recognized generally as ADPAT. The coaching consisted of participating demonstrations the place the viewers might take part by carrying drunk goggles, estimate commonplace serving sizes on the pouring stations, and peddle go-carts with the drunk goggles on.
“Having occasions like that is vital to lift consciousness on the way to drink responsibly and permit members to see the faces of their ADAPT staff which helps them really feel extra snug when reaching out to us,” mentioned Tech. Sgt. Delena Ruiz, 97 Operational Medical Readiness Squadron, non-commissioned officer answerable for the ADPAT program.
The objective of the coaching was to coach members on the results, dangers, and warning elements related to consuming alcohol. The pouring station confirmed the measurement (and alcohol content material) of ordinary dimension drinks. Whereas the drunk goggles and peddle go-carts simulated the issue of driving and performing different actions whereas below the affect.
“That is one thing they don’t educate you in class,” mentioned Capt Benjamin Riley, 97th Air Mobility Wing chaplain. “They’re often similar to ‘you aren’t of authorized age, do not do it.’ So such a consciousness coaching is nice as a result of it reveals people who it’s okay at instances to have a good time, so long as they do it in a wholesome method. Sadly, the issues some folks have are a byproduct of their alcohol use, so having the ability to simply bear in mind that their life could possibly be considerably modified by not addressing the issue.”
Ruiz and the ADAPT staff’s major goals are to advertise readiness, well being, and wellness by means of the prevention and therapy of substance misuse and abuse. They do that to attenuate the damaging penalties of substance misuse and abuse, and addictive behaviors to the person, household, and group. They accomplish this by offering complete training and therapy to people who expertise issues attributed to substance misuse or abuse, and addictive issues. That is to revive operate and return recognized substance abusers to unrestricted obligation standing or to help them of their transition to civilian life, as applicable.
“ADAPT is vital as a result of we work to coach the members and attempt to assist forestall incidences or irresponsible use of alcohol by equipping our members with information on the way to use alcohol responsibly,” mentioned Ruiz. “ADAPT additionally works with members who exhibit hazardous ingesting behaviors to return them again to 100% working functionality.”
Ruiz suggests to people who find themselves combating alcohol or drug abuse or know somebody who’s, that this system is supposed to assist folks, not damage their profession. The member’s commander will tackle disciplinary actions for points main as much as being mandatorily enrolled into this system.
“We’re not a type of punishment nor do we have now any say within the punishments folks might get for an alcohol-related incident,” mentioned Ruiz. “I want extra folks knew we’re simply right here to assist.”