BUSINESS OPPORTUNITY: Military Treatment Needs Surge, Commanders Hide Soldier Drug Use

05/21/2009 - ATIN - The military's need for treatment services is surging as the rate at which alcohol and drugs are abused by rank and file soldiers continues to soar. This potentially creates a huge business opportunity for addiction treatment providers accross the nation, many of which have seen their census drop during this worst of all recessions since the Great Depression.

In an indication of the rate at which addiction is growing the in military, USA Today reported today that commanders are increasingly ingnoring when soldiers under their command test positive even multiple times for illegal mood altering substances. In a memo that USA Today said it obtained, the Army's vice chief of staff said that many soldiers who should be being referred to the Army Substance Abuse Program for help were not being referred by their commanders, who are afraid of losing key players under their command.

Liberty Management, a New Jersey-based treatment services provider with major operations in New York state, a couple of years ago began a program specifically aimed at garnering business from the military. Called the Liberty Homeland Support Network, Lberty Management marketing chief Roy Wallach has been actively seeking partners within the treatment industry, other treatment operators other than Liberty Management, to join its Homeland Support Network.

Liberty Management has signed up its Homeland Support Network as an approved provider for the giant military health insurance payor TRICARE.

Newswire Staff

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