Agency strengthens Army’s workforce

Christine June415th Base Support Battalion

***image1***Tucked away in Bldg. 3820 on Landstuhl Regional Medical Center are agencies that exist to help every member of the KMC Army workforce.

“We are here and available. We view our role as an integral part of the community here,” said Charles E. Austin, 415th Base Support Battalion’s Army Substance Abuse Program clinical director. “Substance abuse is a common problem that can’t be dealt with successfully unless intervention is delivered in a timely manner.”
Available in Bldg. 3820 are non-clinical and clinical services for alcohol and drug use, abuse and dependency. These services are offered to the Army’s entire workforce in the KMC – Soldiers, retirees, Department of Army civilians and their family members.

Non-clinical services center on prevention and training through the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention Training Program and the Employee Assistance Program. It also includes Biochemical Testing, which teaches unit prevention leaders about urinalysis specimen collection, shipping and handling, and risk education.
“Our two main lines of defense against abuse of alcohol and other drugs are the urinalysis program and prevention education,” said Terri Anderson, the 415th BSB’s EAP manager and ADAPT coordinator.

The clinical team consists of the director, Mr. Austin, and two counselors who administer outpatient treatment and rehabilitation. Outpatient treatment can last from six to 16 weeks and includes individual and group counseling and psycho-educational or life skills classes, which range from conflict management to interpersonal communications.

“It’s a series of classes designed to help participants understand the negative consequences of substance abuse and to learn alternative coping skills,” said Vesta M. Freyhoefer, 415th BSB’s ASAP counselor. “The classes offer a variety of material that can help them make better choices in the future.”

For more information on ASAP, call 486-1710. For more information on ADAPT or EAP, call 486-6121 or leave a message at 486-1710. For more information on Biochemical Testing, call 486-7213.