The Army Substance Abuse Program officially opened its doors to its new facility with an Open House, Nov. 18. The building, located in Building 1740, is now the new home to the organization that hosts several substance abuse programs and programs that are not directly related to substance abuse. The Open House displayed several of the tools used to provide their educational training to the WSMR workforce.
The Command Group, Garrison Command Group, and several WSMR employees attended the event where they were treated to tours of the new facility, door prizes, and finger foods. WSMR Command Sgt. Maj. Jimmy Sellers assisted in calling out the raffle numbers for door prizes and participated in the “Drunken Goggles” exercise, where individuals were asked to walk a straight line with the goggles on.
ASAP and Suicide Manager Sandra Class said she hopes the Open House will help highlight other non substance related programs that the organization also offers. Their organization’s title of “Substance Abuse” can sometimes deter an employee who is seeking assistance outside of the realm of substance abuse. Class said they also offer programs like the Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training also known as ASIST. The program is a two day training program that teaches individuals how to recognize cues for help and ways to help prevent the possible risk of suicide.
“If you have a problem and you want to talk to someone but it has nothing to do with alcohol or drugs, we can help,” Class said.
The Employee Assistance Program, one of ASAP’s programs, is available for civilian employees and family members. The program provides assistance to any employees who are going through difficult times and helps find resources to be able to assist the employee. The program is broad on who they can see, from someone dealing with marital problems to someone who is having a difficult time caring for their sick pet.
“Pretty much what it is, is anything that impacts someone negatively,” said EAP Coordinator Michael Hurst.
The EAP program also provides short-term non clinical counseling for employees. Though they do offer programs outside of the umbrella of substance abuse, ASAP is still the best point of contact for counseling for substance abuse and training for substance abuse prevention. The prevention program includes prevention education on issues like substance abuse, suicide and stress and anger management. ASAP is available Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Appointments for the EAP program can be made between Tuesday through Thursday from 1 to 4 p.m. Soldiers needing to in or out process can do so, Monday through Friday from 1 to 4 p.m. For additional information please call ASAP at 678-1957.