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Altus’ ADAPT team shares risks and warning factors of alcohol abuse

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Airman 1st Class Taj Robinson, 97th Comptroller Squadron (CPTS) financial management technician, and Airman 1st Class Graham Crawford, 97th CPTS financial services technician, operate peddle go-carts while wearing drunk goggles, April 16, 2021, at Altus Air Force Base, Oklahoma. The training hosted by the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention and Treatment program whose mission is to promote readiness, health, and wellness through the prevention and treatment of substance misuse and abuse. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Cody Dowell)

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Airman 1st Class Graham Crawford, 97th Comptroller Squadron financial services technician, uses drunk goggles while trying to walk on a straight line of tape, April 16, 2021, at Altus Air Force Base, Oklahoma. The goal of the training was to educate members on the effects, risks and warning factors associated with consuming alcohol. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Cody Dowell)

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Tech. Sgt. Delena Ruiz, 97 Operational Medical Readiness Squadron, non-commissioned officer in charge of the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention and Treatment program(ADAPT), gives ending remarks about the training, April 16, 2021, at Altus Air Force Base, Oklahoma. Ruiz suggests to people who are struggling with alcohol or drug abuse or know someone who is, that the ADAPT program is meant to help people, not hurt their career. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Cody Dowell)

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2nd Lt. Erica Craft, 97th Comptroller Squadron financial operations flight commander, participates in an audience demonstration during an alcohol awareness training event, April 16, 2021, at Altus Air Force Base, Oklahoma. The pouring station showed members the measurement and alcohol content of standard size drinks. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Cody Dowell)

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Tech. Sgt. Delena Ruiz, 97 Operational Medical Readiness Squadron, non-commissioned officer in charge of the ADAPT program, talks to attendees of an alcohol awareness training, April 16, 2021, at Altus Air Force Base, Oklahoma. Ruiz and the ADAPT team’s primary objectives are to promote readiness, health, and wellness through the prevention and treatment of substance misuse and abuse. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Cody Dowell)

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Alcohol Awareness Month is a national public health awareness campaign sponsored by the National Council for Alcoholism and Drug Dependence. To contribute to this month’s campaign, the 97th Air Mobility Wing held an alcohol awareness training for base members, April 16, 2021.

This training was hosted by the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention and Treatment program, known commonly as ADAPT. The training consisted of engaging demonstrations where the audience could participate by wearing drunk goggles, estimate standard serving sizes at pouring stations, and peddle go-carts with the drunk goggles on.

“Having events like this is important to raise awareness on how to drink responsibly and allow members to see the faces of their ADAPT team, which helps them feel more comfortable when reaching out to us,” said Tech. Sgt. Delena Ruiz, 97 Operational Medical Readiness Squadron, non-commissioned officer in charge of the ADAPT program.

The goal of the training was to educate members on the effects, risks, and warning factors associated with consuming alcohol. The pouring station showed the measurement (and alcohol content) of standard size drinks. The drunk goggles and peddle go-carts additionally simulated the difficulty of driving and performing other activities while under the influence.

“This is something they do not teach you in school,” said Capt. Benjamin Riley, 97th Air Mobility Wing chaplain. “They’re usually just like ‘you are not of legal age, don't do it.’ So this type of awareness training is good because it shows people that it’s ok at times to celebrate, as long as they do it in a healthy way.”

Ruiz and the ADAPT team’s primary objectives are to promote readiness, health, and wellness through the prevention, treatment, and minimize consequences of substance misuse and abuse. Their program provides comprehensive education and treatment to individuals who experience problems attributed to substance misuse or abuse, and addictive disorders.”

“ADAPT is important because we work to educate the members and try to help prevent incidences or irresponsible use of alcohol by equipping our members with knowledge on how to use alcohol responsibly,” said Ruiz. “ADAPT also works with members who exhibit hazardous drinking behaviors to return them back to 100 percent working capability.”

Ruiz advises people struggling with alcohol or drug abuse that the program is meant to help people, not hurt their career. The member’s commander will address disciplinary actions for issues leading up to mandatorily enrollment into the program.

“We are not a form of punishment nor do we have any say in the punishments people may get for an alcohol-related incident,” said Ruiz. “I wish more people knew we are just here to help.”

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