First responders are in high-stress, often life-threatening situations as part of their work, which is different from what most people experience. Some of the things that have to be considered effective in first responders’ drug and alcohol rehab programs include:
- The effects of trauma are often an underlying element of substance use disorders in first responders. Treatment programs must be trauma-informed.
- Some first responders may feel reluctant to receive addiction treatment or mental health care, so these concerns or this sense of resistance are a part of planning treatment.
- Along with trauma, since people who work as first responders have higher rates of mental health disorders like depression, dual-diagnosis treatment is often the best option. Dual diagnosis treatment looks at treating the substance use disorder and the underlying mental health disorders that may contribute to or worsen addiction. If you treat one without the other, the likelihood of a long-term recovery is lower.
Centric Behavioral Health specifically works with first responders to provide addiction treatment programs.