The Marine Corps Substance Abuse Program uses evidence-based programming and practices. These include:
- Prevention education
- Early intervention initiatives
- Drug and alcohol deterrent activities to promote overall health and mission readiness
The program serves Marines through:
- Education on substance misuse, relationships, stress management, emotional regulation, thinking patterns. It also addresses issues related to alcohol and drug use, including illicit and prescription drugs.
- Referral to local treatment services. This facilitates the process of moving a Marine with a substance use disorder to where they can get care. This can allow the Marine to more quickly return to duty.
- Group counseling, coordination of care, continuing care, after care and case management.
- Random drug and alcohol screening procedures at the unit level. This deters Marines from being under the influence while on duty.
- Evidence based continuum of prevention, counseling and deterrence activities. This can prevent career-or life-altering incidents. It also supports commanders’ efforts to ensure that Marines arrive to work safe and fit for duty.