US Military Adds 130 Positions for Substance Abuse Counselors

The Army Substance Abuse Program (ASAP) is actively searching for 130 additional substance abuse counselors by October 1st. They began accepting applications on August 1st and hopes this will be a speedy process. The job of these substance abuse counselors is to help Soldiers overcome the struggles of drug and alcohol abuse. ASAP is offering excellent incentives for this qualified substance-abuse counselors such as recruiting bonuses, relocation incentive and even student loan payback. Also the candidate will be able to chose the location of their choice. The locations of open positions are in Fort Hood, Texas; Fort Bragg, N.C.; Fort Jackson, Miss.; and Fort Leonard Wood, Mo. There are even positions available across the sea in Germany and Korea. The locations will not be in war zones, and will pay between $50,000 to $93,000 a year and includes benefits.

Back in 2008 the Army knew it had a problem due to a shortage of substance-abuse counselors. As Soldiers were returning from combat huge waiting lines were formed to see substance-abuse counselors.

Last year the Army Substance Abuse Program treated 11,000 Soldiers for alcohol abuse and assisted 1,900 for other drug abuse. Alcohol and drug abuse is skyrocketing within the military. Data shows that in 2009 out of 1,000 soldiers more than 11 were diagnosed as suffering from alcoholism or alcohol abuse. Whereas in 2003 only 6.1 out of 1,000 soldiers suffered from substance abuse.

Admiral Michael Mullen, Chairmen of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told USA Today that he believed the years in combat were partially responsible for the soaring increase in numbers. Other comments made from experts at a conference sponsored by the National Center for Addiction and Substance Abuse stated that unreasonable amount of drinking was a massive problem among US military personnel, even in Muslim countries in combat zones, where alcohol is outlawed. Numerous tours of duty in combat zones with an increased duration of time away from family and home, were also to blame for the high rate of alcohol and other drug abuse.

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