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Fort Bragg to hire more substance abuse counselors

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FORT BRAGG, NC (AP) -- The Army is looking for nearly a dozen
substance abuse counselors to help soldiers at Fort Bragg overcome
alcohol and drug problems.

The Fayetteville Observer reports (http://bit.ly/mULwTk ) the
Army says it needs about 10 providers each at Fort Bragg and other
major bases as it hires about 130 counselors.

The head of the Army's substance program says about 13,000
soldiers were treated for substance abuse last year. Dr. Les
McFarling says all but about 2,000 had alcohol problems, and the
rest for drugs like marijuana and cocaine.

McFarling says the number of troops abusing alcohol has roughly
doubled in the last five years as soldiers go through the stressful
cycle of training, fighting overseas, readjusting to home life and
then doing it all over again months later.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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