First Responder Addiction Help for the Helpers
First Responder Addiction
First responder addiction is more likely than it is for many other demographics.
Addiction does not discriminate but environmental factors do increase the likelihood.
Firefighters, paramedics, police officers, and other emergency responders deal with high-stress situations daily.
They witness and aid in dangerous and demanding situations.
First responders provide care, support, and assistance to those involved in these situations.
Frequently addressing crimes and disasters is not an easy task. First responders are essential to our communities.
But the exposure to high-stress, life-threatening, and physically demanding conditions at work each day can have a negative impact over time.
There is a clear link between this type of work and addiction.
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First Responder Addiction and Mental Health
First responders complete tasks that most people can’t bear on an emotional level.
Depression and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder or PTSD are common. Conditions like these also contribute to the likelihood of developing an addiction.
Constant exposure to trauma can be emotionally damaging.
Talking to friends or other loved ones and attending therapy, in-person or virtual, may help you cope with the emotional pressures.
These are two needs that can be addressed in first responder addiction rehab.
The therapeutic techniques and support groups at Resurgence Behavioral health have proven invaluable for many of our patients.
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Drug Addiction for First Responders
Addiction in first responders is common and can be hard to avoid.
Their jobs are more physically and emotionally challenging than most others. Many first responders use drugs as a coping mechanism.
Self-medicating is not a sufficient replacement for professional treatment. Over time, the addiction will only get worse.
It can also worsen any underlying mental health conditions or lead to new ones being developed. Another factor in first responder addiction is the pace at which they have to work.
One study revealed that 69% of emergency service professionals feel that they’ve never had enough time to recover between traumatic events.
With most of their time spent facing high-stress situations and little time to recover from them, first responders are at risk.
No matter how hectic your schedule may be, it is important to make time to address your own health needs, too.
First Responder Addiction to Alcohol
Many police officers, firefighters, and paramedics will drink to mask emotional pain. This comes both from the trauma of the job and impaired mental health.
The increase in alcohol consumption does not always begin or end right away. Often, it occurs about eight days after an incident and persists for several months.
It takes many first responders up to eight months after an incident to return to pre-incident levels of consumption. This gives an addiction plenty of time to develop.
Difficult schedules and social interactions also increase the amount of time a first responder may spend drinking.
Despite alcoholism being a widespread problem for this demographic, many first responders will not seek treatment.
The fear of being judged or the inability to admit that there is a problem present additional barriers.
In drug and alcohol rehab facilities, you’ll find a safe, comfortable, and confidential place to recover. Across California, Resurgence has facilities that will protect your health and privacy.
You will learn about why your addiction has occurred and what you can do about it. You will find endless support in our staff and other patients.
With various therapies and support groups, you will find comfort in shared experiences. And you will make connections that could last a lifetime. \\
Addiction and withdrawal symptoms may complicate your ability to function mentally and physically over time. Do not let them stand in your way any longer.
Finding Balance as a First Responder
For anyone with a demanding and traumatic job, it is important to dedicate time to finding balance.
First responders face more physical and emotional challenges than the general population. As such, they often need to work harder to maintain their mental health.
Developing positive and supportive friendships with coworkers and others in the community is important. First responders do important and meaningful work.
However, the challenges it comes with makes this easy to forget. Having a strong support system makes it easier to remember.
Maintaining optimal mental health and balance takes focus and persistent effort. Recognizing the importance of what you do and identifying the people that you can rely on is a great start.
But it is not always enough. Rehab care is available for first responders with addictions. Rehab will help you overcome your addiction and recognize your triggers.
While triggers may be easy to identify when trauma is part of your job description, we can help you find healthier ways to cope with them.
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Care for First Responders with Addictions
Individuals who face trauma, violence, and loss can easily feel isolated or unbalanced at the end of a work day.
As someone who does so much for others, you deserve to live a health and addiction-free life. Let us help you get there.
We will address your emotional and physical health, triggers, past traumas, and more. Next we will help you build healthy habits and develop techniques to manage stress and addiction.
Whether it is drugs, alcohol, or a dual diagnosis, we can beat it together.
Holistic, Comprehensive Rehab Programs
Our holistic, comprehensive rehab care programs are customized to each patient. We will get to know you before we build your plan.
We only want to provide the treatments that will truly work best for you. That is how we guarantee our efficiency. Each plan will include some of the same remedies.
Therapy and counseling sessions are proven treatment methods that we take advantage of. These may include:
- One-on-one therapy
- Family therapy
- Cognitive-behavioral therapy
- Group sessions
- Support groups
You will also have access to helpful seminars and classes. This is where you will learn stress and addiction management techniques.
For inpatient and residential stays, you may have access to a medically-assisted detox at the start of your program.
Three healthy meals, nutritional guidance, exercise classes, and outings are other possibilities.
If you cannot commit to a full-time stay during your recovery, there are other treatment options available. These often include outpatient or intensive outpatient programs.
The Right Rehab Plan for You
Before you commit to a drug or alcohol rehab plan, we will make sure it’s exactly what you need.
When you’re ready to get started, call our facility.
Our admissions coordinators can answer your questions and provide more information. We can also begin your initial intake at this stage.
For individuals with insurance, this will include a complimentary insurance verification. We accept most major insurance providers.
If you don’t have insurance (or you qualify for partial coverage), we are happy to discuss alternative payment options, too.
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Resurgence Behavioral Health
At Resurgence Behavioral Health, we understand how important it is to protect those who protect us every day.
The link between first responder or emergency work and addiction is clear. Let us help you break that link.
You don’t have to carry the weight alone.
Drug and alcohol rehab will help you overcome your addictions so you can focus on the things that matter to you.
Whether this is your job, your family, or something else, it deserves your full attention.
Call us today to get started on the road to recovery.