Military Culture and Peer Support: From Alcoholism & Drug Abuse to Recovery - One Soldier's Story

Friday, December 13, 2013


Scott Adams, LTC,  of the Louisiana National Guard, discusses his experience with PTSD, his addiction to alcohol and drugs, what caused him to "hit bottom," and how the military cared for him. He talks about his success with, and advocacy for implementation of PEER support programs within the military.


Lieutenant Colonel Scott E. Adams enlisted in the Louisiana Army National Guard on 10 April 1986. In 2001, he was selected as the Executive Officer and full-time Administrative Officer of 1-156th Armor Battalion at Shreveport, Louisiana.  In May of 2004, the Battalion was mobilized in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and the unit served a one-year combat tour in Baghdad, Iraq. In November 2007, LTC Adams became the Executive Officer of the 256th Infantry Brigade Combat Team and served a second tour of duty in Iraq in 2010. Upon his return from Iraq, he served as the Reintegration Officer for the Louisiana National Guard until 27 August 2012, when he became the LANG J-1 Operations Officer.  He was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel on 10 August 2006.

Lieutenant Colonel Adams’s awards include the Combat Action Badge, Bronze Star Medal (with 1 Oak Leaf Cluster), Meritorious Service Medal (with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters), Army Commendation Medal (with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters), the Iraq Campaign Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Louisiana War Cross (with 1fleur de lis), The Louisiana National Guard Legion of Merit and Louisiana National Guard Cross of Merit.  In 2007, LTC Adams was awarded the BG Pauley Award, being recognized as the outstanding Battalion Commander in the 256th Infantry Brigade. LTC Adams is also a Bronze Medal recipient of the Order of Saint George.

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