The Army Substance Abuse Prevention program provides a healthy installation environment, free of substance abuse and substance abuse related problems for Soldiers, Civilians, retirees and their Family Members. Our mission is to identify, treat, and rehabilitate substance abusers at U.S. Army Garrison Alaska; to strengthen the overall fitness and effectiveness of the Army's total workforce; and to enhance the combat readiness of its Soldiers. We are committed to understanding our supported units and their missions, anticipating what is needed to sustain mission readiness, and proudly serving as a valued member of the Commander’s battle staff.
Army Substance Prevention Program & Classes
The Army Substance Prevention Program offers evidence based programs to educate Soldiers, DOD Civilians and family members regarding the dangers of alcohol, THC, illegal drugs, and controlled substances. We provide community outreach through campaigns and a variety of media platforms. Below are programs we currently offer:
PRIME for Life® (PFL) 12 Hours – Two Day Course
The 12 hour Prime for Life Course fulfills the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention Training (ADAPT) requirement outlined in AR 600-85 Chapter 9 section 13. This regulation requires all Soldiers with an alcohol or drug related incident to attend a 12-hour substance abuse prevention course prior to separation of service, PCS, or deployment. Commanders, 1SGs and Unit Prevention Leaders can enroll a Soldier in this course by contacting the prevention coordinator. Commanders can refer a Soldier to the course even if they do not have an alcohol or drug related incident if that commander believes it would be a benefit to the Soldier.
- PRIME for Life® (PFL) 4.5 – 4.5 hour instruction requires 5 hours of class time.
PFL 4.5 is a half day, evidenced based substance abuse prevention/education course designed for any individual 16 and older as a general prevention course or for those who may have increased risk for problems associated with alcohol use. The program provides general education about addiction but can also enhance motivation for behavior change around the use of alcohol or drugs. Classes can be scheduled at the unit level for up to 20 individuals provided an appropriate teaching space is available with social distance.
Unit Briefs can be tailored to fit your individual needs and can include topics of alcohol abuse prevention, consequences of alcohol/drug abuse, safe drinking guidelines, the dangers of THC or other needed topics. The prevention coordinator is available to meet with unit prevention leaders to assist them in preparing their classes.
Experiential Learning Activities
We currently have multiple sets of Fatal Vision goggles that can be signed for by unit prevention leaders. In tandem UPLS can also sign for cornhole boards, go carts and or giant trikes to use with the goggles. These are popular items especially in summer so please plan in advance.
We have a variety of education items that UPLs can sign for or be issued. Including large substance abuse displays, posters, DVDs, teaching binders, and brochures. We have materials on a variety of topics including alcohol, substance abuse and suicide, marijuana, opiates and other illicit substances.
- The Employee Assistance Program (EAP) offers Civilian employees with a strictly confidential referral program to obtain assistance for problems that can affect their work performance, conduct or attendance. The program offers assessment, crisis intervention, short-term problem solving, community referral information, supervisory consultation, and follow up.
- The Army's Sexual Harassment/Assault Response and Prevention program, known as SHARP, exists so the Army can prevent sexual harassment and sexual assaults before they occur. Our goal is to eliminate sexual assaults and sexual harassment by creating a climate that respects the dignity of every member of the Army family.
- The Army Suicide Prevention Program (ASPP), is an integral component of the Army’s Ready and Resilient Campaign. This program provides resources for suicide prevention, intervention skills, and support to those impacted by the loss of a loved one to suicide. We aim to develop healthy and resilient Soldiers, reduce stigma, and increase awareness of suicide and suicide- related behaviors.
- ASAP Drug Testing: Creates deterrence of illicit drug use by random testing of Active Duty Soldiers and Army Civilian Employees in critical positions. This program also conducts Unit Prevention Leader (UPL) training courses.