Emergency medical technicians face unique challenges that can lead to drug and alcohol addiction. Long hours, irregular schedules, and exposure to traumatic events can take a toll on their mental health, sometimes leading to substance abuse. While EMTs require recovery solutions that help them overcome these issues, many professionals are too scared to seek treatment because of the stigma of addiction in their jobs. We want to remove this stigma.
Based in Delray Beach, Florida, Olympus Recovery is an in-network trauma-focused addiction center that provides rehab services designed for EMTs and other first responders. Our curriculum-based programs are based on decades of experience in substance use disorders, helping individuals kick-start their road to recovery. Here at Olympus, emergency responders like EMTs receive support for addiction and low-psych mental health issues in a welcoming environment and small group setting.
Professionals working for emergency medical services often deal with trauma in their jobs, resulting in mental health conditions such as anxiety, depression, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). These occupational stresses might make an emergency medical technician more susceptible to substance use disorders. The challenges of addiction can further impact their mental health and cause the breakdown of relationships with family members, friends, and co-workers.
Co-occurring disorders can occur in EMTs and other first responders when they suffer from both addiction and mental health issues. For example, someone may be dealing with alcohol addiction and PTSD simultaneously. These disorders can have a significant impact on an EMT’s professional life and result in:
EMTs can overcome traumatic experiences by enrolling in a rehab designed for emergency responders. Trained professionals identify the traumatic event that might have triggered alcohol or drug abuse and address any behavioral health issues impacting an EMT’s personal life. With the right support, emergency responders like EMTs can overcome addiction, prevent relapse, and live a life free from drugs and/or alcohol. Therapy, for example, can help EMTs deal with:
There is no one-size-fits-all approach to rehab for EMTs. Individuals deserve a customized treatment plan that considers their personal experience, addiction issues, the likelihood of relapse, and other factors. These personalized treatments can help EMTs overcome their drug or alcohol problems and provide them with the tools and support for more successful recovery outcomes. Evidence-based treatments for EMTs include:
The objective of this customized approach is to increase the chances of recovery. EMTs can learn coping mechanisms and other skills to lead more successful lives post-rehab and reduce the chances of a relapse event. It’s imperative that first responders receive help before their drug or alcohol issues spiral out of control.
First responders like an EMT might abuse the following substances:
Some EMTs suffer from multiple addictions and even take drugs or alcohol at work to help them deal with the pressures of their jobs. EMTs might also be at a higher risk of addiction than the general population because of the drinking culture that persists in first responder circles. These professionals might drink alcohol together to unwind after long periods at work, increasing the chances of addiction in some individuals.
Whatever the reason for a substance use disorder, EMTs suffering from addiction need professional help. Many EMTs have successfully overcome their addiction issues with the right customized treatment plan that provides ongoing support during difficult situations. After successful treatment, these first responders can reduce the risk of relapse, deal better with withdrawal symptoms, cope with behavioral health disorders, and move on with their lives.
Olympus Recovery has a wealth of experience working with all types of first responders, including paramedics, fire chiefs, detention officers, and police officers. That’s why we created our Help for Our Heroes program to cater to the needs of EMTs and other professionals currently experiencing addiction and mental health issues such as PTSD and suicide ideation. It provides evidence-based trauma-focused treatment for those on the front line who need professional support.
Olympus Recovery accepts most healthcare insurance plans and is in-network with Cigna, Tricare, Zellis, Allied Trades, Brighthealth, and other providers. That provides EMTs access to rehab services they might not otherwise be able to afford. We are accredited by the Joint Commission, Department of Children and Family Services (DCF), Legal Script, Florida Association of Recovery Residences (FARR), and Division of Health Quality Assurance (ACHA).
The road to recovery starts here. Our friendly, trained professionals support EMTs and their loved ones dealing with the challenges of drug and alcohol addiction. For hospitalization and partial hospitalization treatment programs, EMTs can access a shared living space with a clubhouse, pool, and community apartments.
EMTs with addiction issues and trauma can only start the recovery and healing process when they give us a call and talk about their treatment options with a trained professional. That kick-starts the rest of the process, which involves customized solutions based on the specific needs of the person seeking treatment. Olympus Recovery welcomes everyone through its doors, no matter their background, and is committed to removing the stigma surrounding drug and alcohol addiction.
If you are an EMT suffering from drug and/or alcohol addiction issues or know someone who is, Olympus Recovery is waiting for your call. Pick up the phone and dial (866) 305-7134 to learn more about our Help for Our Heroes program. Alternatively, send us a message.
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