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. Due to the unique circumstances of their jobs, it can be difficult to open up with others and many handle their stress by attempting to bury it. Behavioral Health of the Palm Beaches has created a treatment program that addresses the sensitive substance abuse care needs of first responders. Our first responders substance abuse treatment program treats all patients with the dignity and respect they deserve for their sacrifice and selflessness.
Discretion in First Responders Substance Abuse Treatment
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:
- PTSD therapy
- Guilt and shame resolution
- Anger management
- Difficulty coping with violence
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 first responders substance abuse treatment program.