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First Responders Substance Abuse Treatment

The level of potential stress and trauma associated with a career in public safety is, to many, too much to comprehend. In an effort to cope with the pressure, tragedy and suffering they often face, many of these dedicated professionals regrettably turn to drugs and alcohol. Over the last ten years, law enforcement has been among the highest groups for substance abuse, family dysfunction, depression and suicide. 

Specialized Care for Police Officers, Firefighters, EMTs and Corrections Officers

Behavioral Health of the Palm Beaches has created a treatment program that addresses the sensitive substance abuse care needs of first responders, and treats all patients in the program with the dignity and respect they deserve for their sacrifice and selflessness.

Expertise, Sensitivity and Discretion

The first responders treatment program is led by a veteran public safety professional with almost thirty years of experience. Additionally, each area is staffed with experienced and qualified professionals in their respective fields. For example, treatment for law enforcement personnel is aided by actual active and retired police officers along with our chemical dependency specialists.

Upon admission into the program, patients receive expert specialized treatment via our comprehensive continuum of care which includes:

  • Thorough physical and psychological evaluation
  • Medically supervised inpatient detox
  • Personalized rehab broken up into specific programs for police officers, corrections officers, firefighters and EMTs
  • Aftercare and professional and disciplinary assistance

Exploring the Underlying Mental Health Issues

As part of their rehabilitation, first responders are offered critical incident and trauma counseling, as well as treatment for a combination of mental health issues, including:

Each patient is placed in specialty groups based on their initial assessment from our mental health professionals.

Logistical and Documentation Assistance

We will also provide regular reports of treatment throughout the process to keep patients’ employers aware of their progress. Our staff will provide testimony and documentation at disciplinary and criminal hearings to expedite patients’ return to their careers.

Behavioral Health of the Palm Beaches has successfully treated law enforcement, corrections officers, firefighters and EMT workers from across the United States.

Please call us anytime day or night, 24/7 TOLL-FREE at (888) 432-2467 for more information on our Public Safety Officers Treatment program.

Infographic: First Responders Substance Abuse

This infographic examines the issue of substance abuse among first responders. Drawing from data compiled by the US Firefighters Association, the American Psychological Association, and the US National Library of Medicine - this infographic highlights the higher rates of alcohol and drug abuse experienced by police, firefighters, and EMTs. In addition, it illustrates the link between on-the-job stress and substance abuse, coupled with a "macho" culture that makes seeking treatment more difficult than with many other occupations.

infographic explaining why so many first responders often suffer from substance abuse
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Sources: 
  • US Firefighters Association
  • American Psychological Association
  • US National Library of Medicine
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