'Seeking help is a strength'
Yokota Air Base, Japan -- Alcohol Drug Abuse Prevention and Treatment Program or ADAPT looks to provide education and treatment individuals dealing with substance abuse problems.
“We are very goal oriented when it comes to any kind of treatment we provide,” said Staff Sgt. Ryan Keene, 374th Medical Operations Squadron mental health technician. “We are looking at both short and long-term goals so people have that motivation to show growth.”
The whole goal of program is to be proactive and treatment being reactive said Keene. He emphasized they want people to come to ADAPT if they need help. You do not a need referral or an appointment. They wish to continue to bring awareness to the ADAPT program and help people understand the risks ahead of substance abuse.
“One of the things we enjoy is doing outreach,” said Keene. “Getting ahead and talking to as many people as possible. Getting into the squadrons and flights and being a part of events they are holding.”
Mental health technicians and certified substance abuse counselors provide education about substance abuse and setting goals to get better.
“Individuals come in for a set amount of sessions and we would go over how alcohol and drugs affect the body. We look at standard drink sizes and definitions, responsible vs irresponsible usage and we tie that all into values based models as well as what a changed behavior would look like.”
The ADAPT program aims to reduce the negative consequences of substance abuse to the individual, their family, and U.S. Air Force.
“Seeking help is a strength,” said Keene. “We are trying to breakdown the bridge that seeking help is a weakness. There is no punitive repercussions for coming to ADAPT whatsoever. At the end of the day, we just want to help people, not limit or ruin careers. Our mission is to return people to readiness.”
If you would to know more information about the ADAPT please contact the Mental Health Clinic at 225-8864. Located in Building 1585.
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