A series of alcohol and drug prevention workshops are coming to Fort Bragg. The Prime for Life workshops, available for free to Department of Defense civilians, military Family members and retirees, will be held every third Thursday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the Leader and Workforce Development Center (Building 2-2020, Woodruff Street).

The workshops are be presented by the Fort Bragg Employee Assistance Program, which, according to its website, is dedicated to identifying and resolving personal problems that may negatively affect job performance and well-being.

Prime for Life is prevention training that addresses common beliefs and attitudes associated with high-risk alcohol and drug use.

The program’s goal is to reduce the risk for health and impairment problems.

“It provides an excellent opportunity for our community members to assess and determine whether or not their choices around substances are high- or low-risk,” said Lisa Lofton-Berry, EAP manager.

Assessments can be made regarding alcohol, prescription and illicit drug use. All are activities that put what someone values and treasure at high risk, she said.

Prohibited substances such as marijuana and synthetic marijuana, as well as prohibited activities like underage drinking and driving while impaired (blood alcohol limit for driving while impaired and for driving under the influence is .08) are violations of the Uniform Code of Military Justice.

Lofton-Berry encourages people to attend the workshop.

“We want to help people make healthier decisions and we want to give them more information so that they can assess what decisions they are making in their life; then, that is much more effective than someone telling them not to do something,” she said.

The next iterations of the workshop will take place March 21 and April 18.

Seating is based on a first-come, first-serve basis. Participants are encouraged to bring their own lunch for a one-hour lunch break.

To reserve a seat for Prime for Life, call 396-5784.

Fort Bragg’s EAP office is located in the Soldier Support Center (Building 4-2843 Normandy). Its hours of operations are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Mondays to Fridays, and closed federal holidays.

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