At The Recovery Team we offer specialized Care for Military, Police Officers, Firefighters, EMTs and Corrections Officers. Our facility offers programs for issues related to substance abuse, trauma, depression, and anxiety.

First responders’ job duties are high-stress by nature, this puts them at a higher risk of suffering from addiction or mental health related issues. It is not uncommon for those first responders suffering from addiction or mental health to keep their disease a secret, not asking for help, due to the cultural expectations that these people be clean, sober and always in control.

Just as we treat all of our clients, first responders are treated with the dignity and respect they deserve. In their field of work they make great sacrifices and often lead lives of selflessness and deserve to be acknowledged for this and given hope for their future and recovery. Our program can help you get mentally and physically healthy again so you can get back to your calling to help others in their time of need.

Treatment Programs for First Responders

At The Recovery Team we offer specialized treatment programs for first responders struggling with addiction. Regardless to if you are active or retired military, law enforcement, firefighter, corrections officer or EMT/Paramedic or treatment program can help you to heal from the damaging effects of addiction.

Due to the cultural expectations of first responders we make it possible for you to keep your treatment as discreet as you would like it to be. We do this by keeping our first responders program specific to their needs; rooming with another first responder, separate lounge areas and classroom spaces, private 12-step meetings run by other first responders, private first responders group therapies, and peer support groups formed exclusively of first responders.

Treatment Tailored to the Needs of First Responders

Our treatment program is specifically tailored to meet the individual needs of each first responder we treat. We offer special activities are require additional staff certification to ensure that our first responders receive the specailized treatment they need to recover from addiction. Many of our staff members are retired first responders who to are leading a fulfilling lives in recovery, helping their brothers and sisters to recover from this disease known as addiction. The ultimate goal of our staff is to afford you the treatment needed to heal and to help get you back to work as quickly and efficiently as possible.

At The Recovery Team we know that your career and your life are on the line, we are here to help you address your addiction  so you can move forward and get back to your family, your career and your passion. Our program is tailored to meet the individual needs of our first responders, addressing specific obstacles they may have experienced such as; work-related traumatic events, acute and chronic pain from injuries incurred in the line of duty, depression and anxiety. We help to ease our first responders of their fear of asking for help, the mistrust they have in mental health professionals, their fear of disappointing their co-workers or their departments, guilt about breaking public trust and their fear of losing their jobs.

First Responders Group Therapy

At The Recovery Team, we know first responders open up more in groups of their peers. Our clients who are First Responders meet daily in groups formed exclusively of their peers, such as law enforcement, firefighters, correctional officers, emergency medical personnel, and veterans with a specialized therapist using evidence-based practices.These peer-focused groups give our first responders a higher level of confidence, allowing them to discuss their specific challenges without fear of judgement. Each group is specifically tailored to meet the needs of our first responders, focusing on healing from their addiction and developing the coping skills needed in their line of work.

Specialty Clinical Psychoeducation Program

First Responders experience unique cultural challenges and workplace pressures such as the expectation to be sober, clean and in control at all times. Our specialty clinical psychoeducation program addresses the public’s expectation and the internal expectations of first responders, to remove psychological barriers to treatment allowing the first responders to maximize their treatment so it follows into their daily and work life.

Return-to-Work

The ultimate goal for all clients is to return to their daily life without fear of relapse and to have control of their mental health. For First Responders it is increasingly important to be able to return to work  as quickly and efficiently as possible. At The Recovery Team, we facilitate meetings and ongoing communications between first responders returning to work and their union representatives, command staff and/or employee assistance program, in efforts to make a smooth transition back into the workforce. If at any time a client chooses to opt out of the workplace involvement, we will honor their decision without question.

Common Challenges for First Responders Seeking Addiction Treatment

First Responders face specific workplace and public challenges when seeking addiction treatment. They experience unique pressures stemming from their work culture. At The Recovery Team our treatment approach for first responders is centered around addressing these challenges.

Building Trust in mental health professionals is one of the biggest challenges faced by many first responders. They often see mental health professionals as forces that could cause them to lose the job they love. First responders have a strong sense of camaraderie and often protect each other from outside consequences, they will often cover for one another rather than dealing with addiction and alcoholism completely. At The Recovery Team we know that treating first responders begins with building trust. Our clinical staff is experienced with exclusively treating first responders, as well as our peer support staff who have background in law enforcement, fire service, corrections, EMS, and the military with their own personal and professional experience with addiction and recovery. At The Recovery Team we work to bridge the gap between addiction treatment and first responders culture.

Many first responders have a fear of asking for help due to the ‘never accept defeat, never quit’ mentality in the workplace. While this mentality does keep them mentally and physically protected on the job, it can create a barrier in treatment. By facilitating peer-run support groups, first responders are introduced to the 12 Steps in their own unique way, providing a personal example of recovery.

First responders also are faced with fear of judgement by their co-workers, superiors, family and the general public. Because of this it is often uncomfortable for first responders to share their stories with other people outside of other first responders. Many feel that admitting they have a problem will bring shame to their department, family and colleagues, or even result in them being fired. At The Recovery Team we bring first responders together to discuss the challenges they are faced with in addiction in a controlled environment, free of judgement, by seeing that there are others just like them they can find hope in their recovery.

Continuing Support for First Responders

The Recovery Team overall goal is to help first responders in establishing lifelong recovery from addiction. One of the greatest obstacles faced by most first responders is returning to work and family life. For many it can seem impossible to deal with the daily stresses of both home and work, this is why continuing support for first responders is so important.

We encourage all first responders to continue with 12 step meetings and support groups specific to them. This will give them encouragement by seeing other first responders in recovery succeeding in their careers and living a happy and healthy home life again, as well as to have the support to uplift them during the bad times and be happy with them through the good.

It is important to know, regardless to your career, you are not alone. There are others who have been to the lowest of lows in their addictions and have moved onto live a fulfilling life in recovery, you too can have this. Contact The Recovery Team to begin your recovery.