Army Center Substance Abuse Program

Tuesday September 13, 2011

What is it?

The Army Center for Substance Abuse Program (ACSAP) is responsible for providing guidance and leadership on all non-clinical alcohol and other drug policy issues; developing, establishing, administering, and evaluating non-clinical alcohol and other drug (AOD) abuse prevention, education, and training programs; overseeing the Military, Drug Free Workplace and Department of Transportation biochemical (drug) testing programs; and for the oversight of local Army Substance Abuse Programs (ASAP) worldwide.

What has the Army done?

The high operational tempo and demands of ongoing combat operations continue to place a significant amount of stress on our Soldiers, Department of the Army Civilians, and Family Members. Unfortunately, in an attempt to overcome these challenges, some have given in to the temptation of engaging in high-risk behaviors, such as alcohol or drug abuse/misuse. ACSAP continues to refine the critical resources necessary to provide our Army family with the tools necessary to address their personal stressors in positive ways, and Army leaders with the tools they need to maintain a high state of readiness while dealing with the constant transitions between the war-fight and home station activities.

What continued efforts does the Army have planned for the future?

The Army has recognized the increased demand for AOD prevention and counseling for Soldiers who are deployed or stationed in remote areas and are thus unable to be serviced at a garrison ASAP office. To that end, the Army has introduced myPRIME, an online version of the nationally successful training now used in installation ASAP classrooms. The intent of myPRIME is to provide Soldiers with the ability to assess high-risk behaviors, and to provide an effective intervention for individuals experiencing issues with alcohol and/or drug abuse/misuse.

Now available in theatre, the Army will expand availability of this resource to geographically dispersed Soldiers, DA civilians and family members by 2012.

Why is this important to the Army?

The Army recognizes that the abuse of alcohol and the use of illegal drugs by military and civilian personnel are inconsistent with the high standards of performance, discipline, and readiness necessary to accomplish the Army mission. Substance abuse has no place in America's Army and will not be tolerated.

It is our job as an Army to ensure our Army family is armed with the tools necessary maintain personal resiliency in the face of adversity. ASAP resources will continue to focus on resiliency and positive life-coping skills of our Army family in an effort to not only lower incidents of substance abuse, but to enhance the quality of life for our entire Army community.


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