From Rear Adm. Maura K. Dollymore, Director of Health, Safety, and
The Coast Guard is partnering with the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence or NCADD in April to support Alcohol Awareness Month.
This years theme is For the Health of It: Early Education on Alcoholism and Addiction. Our goal is to increase command awareness and understanding, reduce stigma, and encourage Coast Guard communities to focus on alcohol-related issues.
Domestic violence, civil arrest, the self medicating of anxiety and depression, sexual assault, and suicidal behaviors all have strong links to alcoholic influence.
Each command is encouraged to have their Command Drug and Alcohol Representative or CDAR provide a substance abuse awareness training session this month. CDARs may contact their Substance Abuse Prevention Specialists or SAPS for assistance. Get to know your District SAPS.
Understanding your own drinking pattern is very important. Your drinking may surprise you. Go to the
NIAAA website to determine if your drinking pattern is risky.
The Coast Guard has several new initiatives underway. General Mandated Training has been updated to reflect the new policy changes.
Substance abuse screenings are now available by telephone. Contact your CDAR, your SAPS, a medical officer, or your command for assistance. For additional information or support, please contact the SAPS line at (757) 628-4329. You can also access CG-SUPRT for confidential assistance, which includes up to 12 in-person counseling
sessions per year at no cost, as well as telephone and online support services. Call (855) CGSUPRT
Recovery Happens. Utilize your resources and protect your behavioral health.