Abuse of and addiction to alcohol, nicotine, and illicit and prescription drugs cost Americans more than $700 billion a year in increased health care costs, crime, and lost productivity. Every year, illicit and prescription drugs and alcohol contribute to the death of more than 90,000 Americans, while tobacco is linked to an estimated 480,000 deaths per year.
People of all ages suffer the harmful consequences of drug abuse and addiction.
*Babies exposed to drugs in the womb may be born premature and underweight. This exposure can slow the child’s intellectual development and affect behavior later in life.
*Adolescents who abuse drugs often act out, do poorly academically, and dro out of school. They are at risk for unplanned pregnancies, violence, and infectious diseases.
*Adults who abuse drugs often have problems thinking clearly, remembering, and paying attention. They often develop poor social behaviors as a result of their drug abuse, and their work performance and personal relationships suffer.
*Parents’ drug abuse often means chaotic, stress-filled homes, as well as child abuse and neglect. Such conditions harm the wellbeing and development of children in the home and may set the stage for drug abuse in the next generation.
How does science provide solutions for drug abuse and addiction?
Scientists study the effects that drugs have on the brain and on people’s behavior. They use this information to develop programs for preventing drug abuse and for helping people recover from addiction. Further research helps transfer these ideas into practice in our communities.
There are people who care and resources available here at Fort Greely to help you deal with substance abuse and or behavioral health issues. Reach out to one of the following today:
Army Substance Abuse Program Manager: Heather Green @ 907-873-3785
Military Family Life Consultant: Tony Jones @ 907-803-3563
Chaplain Major Ernest Ibanga @ 907-873-4397
Employee Assistance Program Manager: Cheryl Adamson @ 907-361-1381
Civilian employees and their families, retirees, and military dependents may receive short-term counseling and referral for services. Problems may include but are not limited to: alcohol abuse and drug use, health-related problems, marital/emotional/behavioral/ financial stress, job stress, or other problems affecting employees or family members.
Employee Assistance Program (EAP) provides the following:
*Privacy and confidentiality
*A network of providers
*Supervisor and employee training
*Educational seminars in the workplace
Heather Green, BA, MSW
USAG Fort Greely, Alaska
Submitted by Rodney Mcnany