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Put Yourself First and Take Back Control

Does the following describe you?

  • Your alcohol tolerance is higher than before, and you need to drink more to get that buzz.
  • It’s getting harder to set that drink limit.
  • You can’t focus on your duties and can’t wait until you get that next drink.
  • Woke up not remembering what happened the night before.

If these are your daily struggles, the Army has programs in place to help you get back on track!

Social drinking can turn into a stronger habit without you realizing and if it starts to affect you while you’re on duty, it might be time to seek some help.  According to the Army Directive 2019-12 (Policy for Voluntary Alcohol-Related Behavioral Healthcare), if you do not meet the conditions of Mandatory Substance Abuse Treatment but fit certain criteria for an Alcohol-Related Behavioral Healthcare condition, you may choose to receive voluntary treatment.  An evaluation determined by a behavioral healthcare provider will set the criteria.

The benefits to volunteering for treatment not only improves your health and lifestyle but also puts your career back on the right track. As a volunteered Soldier seeking behavioral healthcare, if you fit the criteria and maintain it throughout your voluntary treatment, your commander is not notified of you receiving voluntary care.  If you decide to discontinue treatment, it is not considered a rehab failure and cannot be used for reason to discharge.  It is your choice to volunteer, benefit from the Army program, and be on target for a brighter future.

For more information, check out the resources below or find your nearest ASAP location.


National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)