I am currently 2 1/2 years from retirement
(20 years). I self referred myself to behavioral health to discuss some things I had been wondering about in regards ***** ***** I had PTSD and was in denial because of a couple events that occurred during deployment. I went ahead and answered all questions honestly against my better judgement. Long story short, the psychologist determined that I did not have PTSD, and while I had intrusive thoughts when both sober or inebriated over the events, determined that I had an alcoholic problem that may potentially lead to a worse situation due to these intrusive thoughts (despite this happening for 5 years now with no incident). Now they want to send me to ASAP for an assessment. Believe me, its very hard to offend me, but this guy just pushed that right button. I was amazed that the stories about drinking more than 1 drink and you are considered an alcoholic were true. I denied self referral during the intake but the psychologist is referring me anyways.
My situation is - Never been in trouble for an alcohol related incident, always perform at work with no problem, I haven't even had an article 15
, no bad NCOER's ever.
(Not that the stellar performace record and good character witness thing plays out in court anymore)
My questions are -
How many drinks and/or frequency is really determined enough to refer to ASAP?
(I.E. is someone who drinks 10 beers on a Friday night and gets drunk and someone who drinks 1 beer a night and gets drunk both alcoholics?)
What is the regulation & paragraph that gives behavioral health the authority for it? (Though I'm sure they will call the command and tell them to refer me (or will that violate HIPPA? (since it doesn't refer to harming myself, others, or a premeditated or committed crime)))
Does someone need a paper trail - Counselings indicating that I have a problem and incidents of alcohol related incidents to back that up - to justify referring me?
Can I sue a DOD
Civilian if this referral or results has a negative impact on my career or current position?
Please include any other follow up information for questions I hadn't thought of that would be of use as well. Thank you : )