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NEWS | Aug. 31, 2016

ADAPT program focuses on mitigating substance misuse

Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph Public Affairs

Active-duty members, family members and civilian personnel who are struggling with drug and alcohol addiction can seek help through a Joint Base San Antonio program that provides education and treatment to mitigate substance misuse.

The Alcohol Drug Abuse Prevention and Treatment Program, which offers services at JBSA-Randolph and JBSA-Lackland, assists active-duty members, dependents and civilian personnel through programs that emphasize prevention and treatment in order to minimize the consequences of substance misuse, said Capt. James Monaghan, 59th Medical Operations Squadron ADAPT program manager at JBSA-Lackland.

“Our primary aim is restoring function, improving quality of life and returning members to productive and unrestricted duty or to assist them in their transition to civilian life,” he said.

Monaghan also said ADAPT provides resources for service members to connect with community-based services they can use during or after the time they are being treated in the ADAPT program.

In 2015, ADAPT provided services to 256 military members. So far this year, ADAPT has served 188 service members.

Capt. Michelle Kwandham, 59th MDOS ADAPT social worker at JBSA-Lackland, said ADAPT gives briefings to basic military trainees at JBSA-Lackland and first term airmen – those serving at their first duty location – on the risk factors of substance abuse and Air Force policies on drug and alcohol use.

The briefings include warning signs of alcohol abuse, emphasizing the Air Force’s zero-tolerance drug policy, how to drink responsibly, irresponsible alcohol and drug use and its consequences – including punishment under Article 15 – the myths about drinking and driving and resources active-duty members can turn to if they need help, Kwandham said.

Service members who have concerns about substance use can contact ADAPT directly, their command or medical provider who can refer them to ADAPT.

ADAPT contact numbers are 292-4452 for JBSA-Lackland and 652-2448 for JBSA-Randolph.