Substance Abuse Counselors
The United States Army is addressing the increase in alcohol and drug abuse by hiring 30 percent more counselors trained in substance abuse. “One of the largest challenges in maintaining health is addressing issues of addiction by our soldiers,” said Army Vice Chief of Staff General Peter Chiarelli. The increase in soldiers abusing alcohol has almost doubled in the past five years. It is believed that longer deployments and the stress of returning home are contributing to the rising number of soldiers abusing both alcohol and drugs. Last year, almost 13,000 soldiers were treated for substance abuse. All but about 1,900 were for alcohol abuse, the rest was for the abuse of drugs like marijuana and cocaine.