Health & Safety

April 4, 2014

NCADD, Edwards AFB ADAPT promote Alcohol-Free Weekend, Alcohol Awareness Month

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Gwen Turner Edwards
AFB Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention and Treatment Program

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The National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence launches its 28th year of sponsoring Alcohol Awareness Month.

Edwards joins the national campaign to raise awareness of the critical public health issue of alcoholism and its impact on Airmen, adolescents, families, and the Edwards community.

Maj. Michelle Monro, 412th Medical Operations Squadron, Edwards AFB Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention and Treatment Program manager, proclaimed that April is NCADD Alcohol Awareness Month at Edwards and joined NCADD in a national grassroots campaign to highlight the critical public health issue of alcoholism and its impact on individuals, families, and the Edwards community, while highlighting resources available to help.

“January 2014 marked a sharp increase in alcohol-related incidents at Edwards”, noted Monro, “Our ADAPT Staff is working tirelessly to assist individuals in getting the appropriate help they need to overcome the error in judgment (in some instances), to receive treatment for diagnosed substance use disorders, and/or to successfully transition to the civilian sector.”

ADAPT staff invites the Edwards community to participate in this year’s Alcohol-Free Weekend April 4 to 6.Alcohol-Free Weekend is traditionally observed during the NCADD Alcohol Awareness Month.

During Alcohol-Free Weekend, NCADD and Edwards AFB’s Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention and Treatment Program ask Airmen (active Duty and civilian), parents, and other adults to abstain from drinking alcoholic beverages for a 72-hour period to demonstrate that alcohol isn’t necessary to have a good time. If participants find it difficult to go without alcohol during this period, they are urged to call (800) NCA-CALL, a 24-hr NCADD-affiliate, for information about alcoholism.

Edwards ADAPT Program staff will host a Kick-off Informational Display & Pledge-Signing at the Exchange April 4 in support of this golden opportunity for those who use alcohol to support the message that you don’t have to drink alcohol to have a good time.

NCADD Alcohol Awareness Month offers organizations concerned about individuals, families and children an opportunity to work together to not only raise awareness and understanding about the negative consequences of alcohol, but to highlight the need for local action and services focused on prevention, treatment and recovery.

ADAPT staff invites the Edwards community to also participate in the following upcoming events:

  • National Alcohol Screening Day Informational Booth & “How Many Drinks in a Bottle?” Display at the†Exchange April 10
  • Edwards Middle School Poster Contest April 7 – 18
  • Themed bulletin board displays at Desert High School from now until April 30
  • Color Splashed Fun Run in cooperation with Family Advocacy and the Health and Wellness Center April 16

Edwards Helping Agencies are here to: HELP FOR TODAY. HOPE FOR TOMORROW.

Some Helping Agencies include, but are not limited to: ADAPT Program, Mental Health Clinic, Family Advocacy Program, Chaplains, Sexual Assault Response Coordinator, Victim Advocates, Employee Assistance Program, Military & Family Life Counselors, Airman & Family Readiness Center, First Sergeants, and Airmen Against Drunk Driving.
For more information, call Gwen Turner at††(661) 277-5291 or e-mail Gwendylon.turner@us.af.mil.




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