Trauma-Focused Rehab for Firefighters

Olympus Recovery is an in-network trauma-focused addiction treatment center that supports professional firefighters struggling with addiction and low-psych mental health issues. Our curriculum-based programs help firefighters overcome challenges and take the first steps toward recovery. With decades of experience, the friendly staff at our Delay Beach, FL, rehab for firefighters facility provides highly-specialized drug and alcohol rehab therapy for all professionals working in fire departments, including:

  • Firefighter engineers
  • Airport firefighters
  • Forest firefighters
  • Firefighter/EMTs
  • Volunteer firefighters
  • Fire investigators
  • Firefighter investigators
  • Fire captains

Firefighters and Addiction

Firefighting is a stressful job that can lead to anxiety, stress, trauma, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Long hours, irregular schedules, low pay, and time away from family can exasperate these mental health conditions, leaving firefighters of all ages and ranks with nowhere to turn. Sometimes, firefighters use alcohol and drugs to cope with the pressures of their jobs. Other times, an extremely stressful event, such as being unable to save someone in a fire, can kick-start an addiction problem.

Research shows that as many as 29% drink alcohol excessively, while 10% misuse prescription drugs, according to a report published in the Hartford Courant. Unfortunately, many professionals don’t seek help because they can’t afford treatment or because their long and irregular hours won’t accommodate the demands of rehab. However, suffering from addiction and mental health issues without the right support from extremely knowledgeable specialists can make these problems worse.

What Substances Do Firefighters Abuse?

Firefighters might abuse the following substances:

  • Alcohol
  • Opioids
  • Meth
  • Heroin
  • Cocaine
  • Fentanyl
  • Prescription drugs

Some might struggle with several substances and even take them at work. That might help them deal with the stresses of their job or to mask uncomfortable feelings and emotions that need to be addressed by a professional rehab facility. These professionals deserve a network of support that lets them recover from substance abuse quickly.

Behavioral Health Treatment for Co-Occurring Disorders

Firefighters might turn to alcohol or drugs because of mental health issues. Or mental health issues might be the result of alcohol and drug misuse. These co-occurring disorders can cause various behavioral health issues such as:

  • Absenteeism from work
  • An inability to sleep
  • An inability to focus at work
  • Self-neglect
  • Changes in eating patterns
  • Emotional instability
  • Social isolation

Addressing co-occurring disorders and related behavioral health challenges is critical for successful recovery. Those who suffer from alcohol problems and post-traumatic stress, for example, should manage both issues with support from a trained counselor specializing in behavioral health treatment. While other programs advocate for addiction and mental health issues to be treated separately, Olympus Recovery offers an integrated treatment approach for addiction and low-psych behavioral health disorders.

Why is Substance Abuse Treatment Different For Firefighters?

Unlike some other professions, firefighters (and other first responders) deal with extreme pressures that can cause them to turn to alcohol or drugs. Understanding the root cause of this issue is critical for recovery. They deserve a customized treatment approach that takes into account their professional lives and realizes the barriers that prevent them from seeking help:

  • A customized treatment plan with specialized mental health care and behavioral health treatment helps firefighters resolve the guilt of having a substance abuse disorder that impacts their job performance and puts public safety at risk
  • Customized treatment helps them resolve a substance abuse disorder that has resulted from exposure to a distressing event such as a car accident or extreme fire
  • Customized treatment focused on self-improvement provides firefighters with the tools they need to prevent relapse after treatment and live more successful lives

How Can Firefighters Receive Help for Substance Abuse Disorders?

The first step to recovery for firefighters with addiction issues is to seek help from a reputable recovery center. Trained professionals at treatment centers with experience and knowledge of a firefighter’s struggles can devise a plan based on evidence-based treatment that caters to their budget and specific requirements. An intake assessment is typically required to review a firefighter’s personal circumstances.

That’s just the start of the process. Treatment centers will then help a firefighter embark on the right treatment. These treatments include:

Why Should Firefighters Choose Olympus Recovery?

Olympus Recovery has the experience and reputation required to help firefighters overcome the challenges of addiction and low-psych mental health issues. We designed a Help for Our Heroes program that specifically addresses the needs of firefighters and other first responders like paramedics and detention officers. We are accredited by the Joint Commission, Department of Children and Family Services (DCF), Division of Health Quality Assurance (ACHA), Florida Association of Recovery Residences (FARR), and Legal Script.

For those worried about the cost of advanced recovery systems, Olympus Recovery accepts most insurances and is in-network with Tricare, Zellis, Cigna, Brighthealth, Allied Trades, and other healthcare insurance providers. That can provide firefighters with the peace of mind they need when starting a new treatment program at our facility. For residential treatment, firefighters can enjoy a very peaceful atmosphere with community apartments, a clubhouse, and a pool.

Rehab for Firefighters: What Happens Next?

Firefighters with addiction and low-psych mental health issues should realize there’s no shame in seeking help. Recovery can only begin when you give us a call and discusses their treatment options over the phone. That’s arguably the hardest part. The rest of the recovery process involves trained professionals who can provide you with the support you need.

Firefighters who stop consuming alcohol or drugs without the right support can suffer from dangerous withdrawal symptoms. The withdrawal process might further impact their work performance and lead to a suspension or dismissal. That’s why professionals in the fire service community must withdraw under the supervision of a specialist, preferably at a rehab for firefighters center like ours that has the resources and medication to alleviate symptoms.

Make the Call Today

If you are a firefighter suffering from substance abuse issues or know someone who is, reach out to Olympus Recovery now and learn more about the Help for Our Heroes program. Our specialized treatment center in Delray Beach is ready to take your call. Just pick up the phone and dial (866) 305-7134, or send us a message. A brighter and better future starts here.

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For immediate help call us confidentially at (866) 305-7134. Our admissions specialists can answer all your questions, and put you on the road to recovery.

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