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Substance Abuse& First Responders
Emergency responders battle everything from fires to terrorist threats. These modern-day heroes should receive all the support they need to thrive outside of work. Yet, there are many instances where first responders suffer neglect from a society that does not understand all that goes into a day on the job. Even close family members and friends may turn a blind eye and deaf ear to the issues that emergency responders face as a result of seeing humanity at its worst state on a daily basis.
With all that emergency responders deal with, and given the lack of support from society at large, it is little wonder why many police officers, firefighters, and emergency services staff like EMTs and paramedics become addicted to drugs and alcohol. In fact, about 30 percent of first responders develop mental issues that may lead to drug abuse during their time of service.
What can you or a loved one do if substance abuse is an issue? Read on to learn more about Quest 2 Recovery and how we help first responders recover from drug and alcohol abuse.
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Understanding Drug Addiction
Signs of Substance Abuse
It is not uncommon in the present society for teenagers and young adults to try recreational drugs such as marijuana or take a few sips of an alcoholic beverage now and again. It is not normal, however, for the act of drug use and alcohol consumption to be an everyday ritual with high amounts.
The average person falls into addiction without realizing the hole that he has created. You may be considered a substance abuser if you:
The first thing that individuals who engage in alcohol and drug abuse typically tell themselves and others is that they can quit at any time. The reality, however, is that if abusers could get rid of their addiction without assistance, then they would do so before the habit wreaks havoc on everything and everyone they love.
The safest way to travel the path of sobriety is by going through a program that offers medical attention as well as emotional support on your journey. First responders, however, may have a hard time getting to the stage of accepting help.
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Addiction & First Responders
How Do First Responders end up addicted?
The average person may not be completely aware of the stages of addiction. Emergency responders, however, have seen the stages and know the consequences of prolonged substance abuse. The average police officer has encountered someone who has lost everything due to drug addiction. Likewise, EMTs and paramedics have treated dozens of overdose patients and, thus, feel like they can control their personal addiction before things go too far.
The reality is that there is a difference between being an observer and user. The observer is capable of establishing and maintaining boundaries because he is sober. The user, on the other hand, may set boundaries that he cannot keep because of his addiction. First responders who abuse drugs and alcohol, then, should be considered along with those who they treat for the disorder. It is only when a true intervention reveals the truth of the abuser having a problem that he or she can begin to heal.
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How Quest 2 Recovery Can Help You
First Responders Treatment Program
We have first responders program specifically aimed at emergency personnel who use alcohol and drugs to cope with the stresses of the job. We know that many police officers, firefighters, and emergency medical services staff endure post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) as well as anxiety and depression. They may be too afraid to share their struggles with co-workers or loved ones because of the stigma associated with mental illness in the United States.
Our program is designed to address mental health head-on by bringing the symptoms of PTSD, anxiety, and depression to light. We then guide the recovering individual into a better space so that he or she can work through the issues that led up to their choice to self-medicate with drugs and alcohol.
Mental illness and substance abuse are often results of childhood issues that shaped the manner by which individuals cope with devastation. Quest 2 Recovery staff, therefore, exercise compassion so that the patient feels at liberty to open up about his or her life’s ailments that are really the root cause of problems. In all, Quest 2 Recovery offers the following forms of treatment:
Our Program for First Responders
During the detoxification phase of treatment in our first responders program, you can expect 24/7 care in a comfortable setting dedicated to your health.
Our residential inpatient treatment is the core of our program for first responders. Our Southern California location provides the perfect backdrop for your journey of sustainable recovery from drugs & alcohol.
Many times those suffering from substance abuse can also have co-occurring mental illness that can become a barrier to success in recovery. We evaluate each client and provide treatment based on YOUR needs when seeking recovery.
One of the most important aspects of our program is the aftercare planning phase of treatment. Here we make sure you are ready to re-enter society and remain clean & sober once you leave our doors.
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We understand that the stresses of being a first responder may be overwhelming. Sometimes you turn to alcohol and drug abuse to cope with things that you do not feel at liberty to discuss with family and friends. Let us help you deal with life’s issues in a more productive manner. Call us today to get on the path of sobriety!