Program (NADSAP), the Drug and Alcohol Program
Advisor (DAPA), the Right Spirit Campaign, Alcohol
Treatment Facilities (ATF), the Navy Drug and Alcohol
Counselor (NDAC), and Alcohol Rehabilitation Centers
NAVY ALCOHOL AND DRUG SAFETY
ACTION PROGRAM.The Navy has a reputation for
keeping up with the times. Things change and so does
the Navy. In 1974 the Navy started its campaign in the
war against alcohol abuse with the Navy Alcohol Safety
Action Program (NASAP). In 1980 the Navy Drug
Safety Action Program (NDSAP) began to combat use
of illegal drugs. Several years later the two programs
combined to form the Navy Substance Abuse Prevention
Program (NASAPP). The programs name changed in
1985 to the present title of Navy Alcohol and Drug
Safety Action Program (NADSAP). The purpose of
NADSAP is the prevention of alcohol misuse and illegal
drug use through the process of individual education.
NADSAP provides for the early identification of
problem drinkers and alcoholics. NADSAP identifies
problem drinkers not only through arrests for traffic
violations and driving while intoxicated (DWI) but also
through other alcohol-related offenses or incidents.
Some of these incidents are job accidents, safety
violations, fights, unauthorized absences and other
breaches of discipline, family difficulties, or hospital
treatment. NADSAP's objective is to promote zero
tolerance of alcohol abuse. NADSAP also provides
educational programs designed to increase awareness of
drug abuse and to educate and positively motivate
people with drug abuse problems. The policy for drug
abuse is the same as that for alcohol abusezero
tolerance. Any drug abuse or irresponsible use of alcohol
by Navy personnel is viewed as a grievous failure to
meet Navy standards and may result in disciplinary
action or separation from military service.
ADVISOR.The DAPAs are responsible for advising
commanding officers on all NADSAP matters. These
advisors are responsible for setting up command
education, prevention, screening, and counseling
programs. DAPAs also provide aftercare, probationary
supervision, motivational training, and referral services
for individuals who have been treated for alcohol abuse
and have returned to full duty. All commands have
DAPAs assigned as a full-time or a collateral duty. They
are your primary points of contact for drug and alcohol
RIGHT SPIRIT.The Right Spirit campaign
was started in 1996 to improve the quality of life for
Navy members and their families and to ensure a safe
and productive work environment. Although the use of
alcohol is depicted as fashionable in society, alcohol
contributes to many of the countrys serious health and
social problems. The goal of Right Spirit is to
deglamorize alcohol and prevent alcohol abuse. Navy
commands are required to promote an its okay not to
drink environment. Preventing alcohol abuse and
alcoholism before problems occur greatly benefits the
Navy in terms of lost workdays and costly treatment.
The campaign includes the following two education
Alcohol Aware.This program is a command-level
alcohol abuse prevention and deglamorization course
designed for all hands. The goals of the Alcohol Aware
program are to make the participants aware of (1) the
basic nature of the drug, alcohol; (2) the risks involved
in using and abusing alcohol; (3) the Navys
expectations, instructions, and core values; and (4) the
definition of responsible use of alcohol. Each participant
is asked to evaluate, anonymously, his or her own
pattern of drinking to determine if it is appropriate and
to make adjustments as needed.
Alcohol Impact.This program is designed for
intervention. It is normally given during off-duty hours.
Alcohol Impact is not treatment; it is the first
intervention step in the treatment of alcohol abuse. It is
an intensive, interactive educational experience designed
for alcohol incident personnel. The course is primarily an
educational tool, but objectives within the course could
reveal that a higher level of treatment might be needed.
ALCOHOL TREATMENT FACILITIES.
ATFs provide help to fleet and shore commands by
counseling personnel involved with drugs and alcohol.
Individuals not requiring inpatient treatment may receive
help in these nonresident-counseling programs. Many
ATFs have a drug and alcohol abuse counselor who
provides limited outpatient evaluation and counseling
services. ATFs serve as local drop-in and crisis centers.
They also provide continuing counseling services for
personnel who previously were patients in other
rehabilitation facilities and have returned to full duty.