Every April, the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Inc. (NCADD) sponsors Alcohol Awareness Month to increase public awareness and understanding, reduce stigma, and encourage local communities to focus on alcoholism and alcohol-related issues. Alcohol Awareness Month is a great time to highlight some of the resources and activities available to combat alcohol-related problems.
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Currently at MCAS Cherry Point, there are a number of personnel dedicated to the prevention and treatment of alcohol and other substance-related problems. One resource directly available to DoD and their dependents is the Substance Abuse Counselling Center (SACC). The SACC provides both prevention and treatment services with its mission to combat alcohol and drug misuse and abuse through awareness, deterrence, prevention, and non-medical counseling services.
The prevention services are intended to prevent life and/or career-altering incidents, involving one’s substance misuse as a possible contributing factor. These initiatives include opportunities such as education, training, and assistance with strategic prevention planning. Treatment services at the SACC are intended for individuals seeking support and guidance for their existing substance-abuse concerns and/or problems. The SACC provides assessments, outpatient or intensive outpatient treatment, and aftercare program. In addition, it provides Prime for Life, which explores related risk factors and educates individuals about the potential consequences of continued misuse.
For those looking at proactive ways to prevent alcohol-related problems on their own, one easy option is to engage in constructive and healthy activities that do not promote the misuse of alcohol. Evidence has shown that healthy alternative activities such as recreational and social opportunities have resulted in lower rates of substance misuse among the youth and adults. It simply makes sense that people who have meaningful activity in their lives would have better life outcomes, including lower rates of alcohol misuse.
If you are new to this area or have not had time to see what attractions the area offers, the idea of finding these healthy alternatives may seem initially challenging. To help people explore some of these activities, a link to a local resource and activity guide is included in this article. The guide is a great place to start if you are interested in finding local attractions, entertainment, and recreational opportunities both on MCAS Cherry Point and in the surrounding communities. Furthermore, it contains activities that are appealing for individuals of all ages, including families, children, and single service members.
Resource & Activity guide: MCAS Cherry Point & Surrounding Areas:
Don’t be afraid to try something new this weekend or check out one of our local attractions! You might just find something that truly enriches your life. For additional information on alcohol related resources or healthy alternative activities, contact the Alcohol Abuse Prevention Specialist at 252-466-8413.