Thousands of soldiers are turned away by Army substance abuse clinics each year, according to an investigation by USA Today.
An estimated 20,000 soldiers seek help each year at Army substance abuse clinics, the article notes. In 2010, the Army transferred substance abuse outpatient treatment from medical to non-medical leadership. The change has led to substandard care, the investigation concludes. Many experienced staff people have left, and unqualified clinic directors and counselors have taken their place, according to the newspaper. Since 2010, about 90 soldiers committed suicide within three months of receiving substance abuse treatment, USA Today says.
The Army denies its substance abuse treatment has suffered from the change in leadership.