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Rehab & Mental Health Treatment for Firefighters

Firefighters put their lives on the line each time they are called out for duty. Effective substance abuse and mental health treatment programs must be designed to help firefighters overcome their addiction to drugs or alcohol and learn healthy ways to cope with the stresses that they face every day.

Firefighters know that each time they go to work, they will probably deal with a traumatic situation. Many firefighters report that knowing an individual is in danger on a call raises their anxiety and stress levels significantly.

Coping with Stress and Trauma

Firefighters need a program capable of treating the underlying stress and trauma that may be fueling our clients’ problem with drugs or alcohol. Programs must assist in coping with trauma on the job, addressing their depression and anxiety and finding healthier ways to cope with the stress that comes with being a firefighter. Effective programs work with individuals and their families to regain control of their lives.

Therapy for Firefighters

In a 2006 study conducted by the National Fire Academy, 37 percent of respondents reported the resignation of a colleague in the previous two years due to a problem with alcohol. Multiple other studies have confirmed that substance abuse is common among firefighters, particularly after incidents of specific trauma or stress.

As with police, paramedics and other first responders, firefighters are often hesitant to seek help due to the stigma associated with substance abuse treatment and the fear of losing their jobs. Family members should be sensitive to this fact, but should not hesitate to seek help for a loved one if they refuse to do so. If your loved one has turned to drugs or alcohol to cope with the intense stress of their job as a firefighter, don’t wait to contact us– seek counsel from the team of experienced treatment professionals at Destination Hope.