Addiction Rehab for First Responders

The union workers, working professionals, police officers, and first responders of Florida deserve proper support and care. These jobs can often be physically and emotionally draining. Unfortunately, first responders’ mental health statistics show that our emergency workers are in need of much more support and resources.

Coastal Detox recognizes the need for treatment services for law enforcement officers, first responders, and other emergency workers. We strive to address issues such as the harmful connections between police officers and alcoholism, as well as, PTSD and first responders, and much more.

There are many drug and alcohol treatment resources available for emergency professionals. These resources range from behavioral therapy to support groups, to supervised medical care. But, before one can seek treatment, it’s important to understand the issue at hand.

Substance abuse is affecting people across the nation in the workplace. Many working professionals struggle with addiction and mental health concerns. However, individuals often feel apprehensive about seeking help. Perhaps, they don’t even know where to begin when it comes to seeking help. Thankfully, Coastal Detox is here to offer a treatment guide for our nation’s hard workers. 

First Responders: Mental Health Statistics and Substance Abuse Treatment

First-Responder

Co-occurring disorders often develop in the lives of individuals working in the first responder field. People who have substance use disorders in addition to mental health disorders are diagnosed as having co-occurring disorders. (This is also referred to as a dual diagnosis.)

Compared to individuals who have a single disorder, those with dual diagnoses may experience more severe medical and mental health challenges. They may also require longer periods of treatment.This is why co-occurring disorders call for a more intensive level of care, such as residential treatment. Neglecting mental health will only make problems worse. First responders experience more traumatic events than individuals who may work in other career paths. For this reason, police substance abuse

Drug and Alcohol Addiction in the Workplace

According to a 2018 report from SAMHSA, 50% of male firefighters had engaged in binge drinking. The same report stated that 16% of female officers had reported consuming amounts of alcohol that could be considered “risky”. Also, 36% of emergency medical technicians (EMTs) were suffering from depression. 

Undoubtedly, the connection between police officers and alcoholism and other types of substance use is unsettling. But, emergency workers are on the front-lines of difficult, traumatic, and dangerous situations on a regular basis. There is no question as to why first responder mental health is a serious topic worth addressing.

Addiction knows no boundaries and it affects people from all backgrounds. So, police substance abuse is neither impossible nor improbable. But, it is necessary to make sure individuals who work on the front lines have access to addiction treatment services.

Employees tend to conceal their addiction if they have one. After all, they may fear various repercussions, such as losing their jobs. They may find themselves stuck in a toxic cycle. Eliminating the stigma that comes with the discussion of first responder mental health is the first step to making professional addiction and mental health disorder treatment available to emergency workers.

First Responders: Mental Health Concerns

Police officers, firefighters, and paramedics are our local heroes. These working professionals put their lives on the line for their communities. They often experience traumatizing events that can stir up complicated emotions.

These emotions can turn into mental health issues if not worked through. Self-care is often neglected in the lives of working professionals and emergency workers. If these individuals begin suffering from PTSD, it becomes a lot harder for them to help their community.

EMTs report higher levels of post-traumatic stress disorder than the general population. Post-traumatic stress disorder is a mental health disorder that’s triggered by a terrifying event — either experiencing it or witnessing it. Symptoms may include flashbacks, nightmares, and severe anxiety, as well as uncontrollable thoughts about the event.

Police Officers

Good police officers aim to protect citizens every day. This can mean neglecting their own needs to get on with the job. Police officers suffer from substance abuse and mental health concerns too.Treatment is a viable option for police officers struggling with addiction or mental health concerns. Our facility offers a variety of drug and alcohol treatment resources for working professionals.

Treatment Programs for First Responders

At Coastal Detox, we believe you deserve to receive help for substance abuse. We believe that you deserve to be free from substance use disorder. Our knowledgeable and compassionate staff is here to guide you through the recovery process. The trained staff members at Coastal Detox are experts in addiction treatment services. Our specialized treatment facility is here for you!

We believe in providing personalized care for each patient who comes to us for help. Working professionals often enter rehab intending to return to their job after. We will help make this possible for you. 

Our facility offers various treatment programs for working professionals. Each recovery plan is unique and tailored to the patient’s unique circumstances. Generally, all treatment plans begin with a detoxification process. 

The detox process cleanses the body from the toxins of alcohol and drugs. Detox can be a difficult process with serious side-effects of withdrawal. That’s why it’s crucial to undergo detox in a facility that can offer medical supervision and care.

After detoxification, the treatment program begins. This includes different forms of therapy, such as individual therapy and support groups. Each treatment plan is structured in a way that can be most beneficial for your needs. We also offer unique services such as holistic care. Our philosophy is to treat the addiction as a whole, from the inside out. 

Twelve-step programs, support groups, and psychotherapy are a handful of the many resources we have available for working professionals suffering from addiction. Our goal is to teach you the tools necessary to sustain long-lasting sobriety and purpose-driven life.

Levels of Care for Emergency Workers and First Responders in Florida 

Drug and alcohol treatment centers offer many levels of care to choose from. These levels of care vary based on the severity of a person’s addiction. Some levels of care offer a more intensive approach than the others. 

The different options include inpatient treatment, partial hospitalization, and outpatient treatment. Each treatment type offers its own unique and benefits. An addiction specialist can help to determine which drug and alcohol treatment program is best. Here’s a more detailed look at treatment options for police officers and other first responders in Florida.

Outpatient Treatment

Patients who have a mild or moderate addiction can consider an outpatient treatment program. Many patients also enter an outpatient program after completing a more intensive level of care. 

An outpatient treatment program is fairly simple and very flexible. It is much less intensive than other types of addiction treatment programs. Some patients may receive several hours of therapy and treatment per week, while others may get over 20 hours of therapy and treatment. It mainly depends on the severity of the addiction and the type of help that each patient needs.

The patient will travel based on agreed-upon days to the facility for treatment. If you have obligations such as caring for a child or career responsibilities, then outpatient services may be best suited for your needs.

Intensive Outpatient (IOP) or Partial Hospitalization (PHP) Treatment

IOPs and PHPS provide more substantial time in therapies and treatment than do outpatient services. However, they are still less intensive than residential treatment. Depending on the patient, a PHP can involve anywhere from 4 to 8 hours of treatment every day. 

Patients receive medical detoxification and behavioral therapy. They may also take part in individual, family or group counseling. A PHP is most ideal for someone who needs a high level of care but cannot reside at a rehab facility.

Intensive outpatient programs (IOPs) involve a minimum of 9 hours of treatment weekly. These programs are usually separated into three sessions, with each section being three-hours long. The type of addiction therapies used in this outpatient treatment will vary.

Residential/Inpatient Treatment

Residential treatment, also referred to as inpatient rehabilitation, offers the highest level of care for first responders, union workers, and other working professionals. Inpatient treatment is ideal for those with more severe addictions or co-occurring disorders. 

Residential treatment offers supervised care 24/7, while adhering to a structured routine of group and individual therapies. The program itself can last anywhere from 28 to 90 days. Longer stays may also available if necessary. 

Benefits of Attending Rehab as a Working Professional 

Working professionals that are struggling with substance abuse, as well as mental health concerns will greatly benefit from rehab. While the main focus of a rehab facility is to help patients overcome addiction, other benefits are abundant as well. Rehab sets you up for long-term success by teaching you coping skills and tools for sobriety. These are necessary tools for building a productive, healthy, and happy life. 

Some of the many benefits of rehab for working professionals include:

Structure

Structure and daily routine are important aspects of a happy life. Structure helps us cement our values and prioritize our time. We aim to create daily routines full of productive activities and counseling sessions. This helps to keep patients engaged and eliminate distractions.

A Safe and Encouraging Community 

Peer support is a key component of treatment and is necessary to maintain long-term sobriety. A peer support group will not only provide accountability and encouragement, but it will also give you the chance to help others in their recovery journey as well.

24/7 Medical Care

One benefit that is specific to residential treatment is that there is around-the-clock medical and clinical supervision, seven days a week. The initial withdrawal symptoms during a detox must be looked after by trained medical staff. They can be severely draining and even have fatal consequences, depending on the severity of the addiction.

Even after the initial withdrawal symptoms are gone, the stress on the body and mind can aggravate other physical and mental illnesses. Our medical staff will look after you and take care of you as we move along the recovery journey.

Setting Goals and Building New Habits

Our objective is to help you develop your physical and emotional health, relationships, and spiritual aspirations. Ultimately, rehab is designed for your success after leaving. The new habits that you learn in rehab will help you cope with the daily struggles of recovering from addiction post-treatment. You’ll also learn how to work through the situations that may have contributed to your addiction healthily and effectively.

Coastal Detox Offers a Specialized Treatment Facility for First Responders in Florida

The working professionals of our country put themselves second as they work to protect and help our communities. These people deserve not only recognition but proper attention and care. It is time for us to help them. 

If you’re struggling with PTSD and addiction, or other mental health and behavioral health challenges, seek help with us today. In other cases, you may know a working professional that needs help. Regardless of the situation, we’re here waiting for your call. Working through difficult emotions and challenges is a part of life.

You don’t need to feel ashamed. Our trained medical staff will attend to your needs and help give you the tools for a purpose-driven and sober life. You can contact us here to begin your recovery journey today.

References:

https://www.samhsa.gov/sites/default/files/dtac/supplementalresearchbulletin-firstresponders-may2018.pdf

https://www.va.gov/PREVENTS/docs/PRE013_FactSheets_FirstResponders_508.pdf

https://fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/R46555.pdf

Real Client Testimonials

  • Before coming to coastal I was hopeless, helpless, and my family wanted nothing to do with me. It wasn’t the first detox I’d ever been to, but it was the only one who showed me so much love and compassion. They gave me hope. It’s hard to put into words the amount of gratitude I have for this facility. The employees were my family when I had none. The staff went out of their way to make sure not only were my physical needs taken care of, but my emotional needs as well. From the first phone call prior to admission, to helping me set up continuing care, they never missed a beat. Even going as far as to help me with my legal issues via Zoom court. This isn’t just a detox, they are the family I never had. All of the techs, especially Karen, are phenomenal. They will take the time to listen to you, laugh, and cry(if needed) with you. If you are reading this and you or your loved one is suffering like I was, go to Coastal Detox. The level of care is more than I could ever put into a review. It wasn’t the first detox I’d been to, but it has been my last; I owe them everything I have today, including my life.

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    Travis B.
    12/07/2020
  • Had a really good experience at Coastal. The staff really went above and beyond in helping me get in and gave me the respect l, space and care I needed after I first got there. As I started to fell better they encouraged me to take part in groups which helped get me out of my head and bring positivity and health to my thinking. They had a great massage therapist, who came daily and it was evident the nursing staff genuinely cared. Got to know some of the staff as well and I’m grateful for the cooks Joe and Chris. Those guys literally made us sirloins and pork chops for dinner. Also I gotta thank Chris and Chris for helping me get in and setting me up with a transition plan. Real grateful for that help, I’m not sure if it’s management intention to hire guys named Chris but they got a good thing going there. Overall, I’m clean and sober today and walking it out. Coastal gave me a base that set me up for the success that I’m walking in today

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    Brandon B.
    1/16/2020
  • My family is very thankful for Coastal Detox. They have went above and beyond for my son a few times. Unfortunately he has needed their help more than once and they have ever turned their back on him, even when he was at his worst. Jeannie and Chris have been amazing and kept me informed through the entire process. They truly care about the addict and want to help them especially when it would be easy to give up on them. I had many detox facilities be rude and uncaring to me when I was searching for help for my son, but Coastal never did that to us. I don't know the names of all the team members that have helped my son but I know their are many and y'all are angels!! One day we will be able to pay it forward and help someone as you have helped us. Thank you for all you do!!

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    Brenda A.
    1/01/2020
  • Can not say enough nice things about Coastal Detox & staff. Family member was there, told me five stars for the facility & all whom she interacted with. Said the facilities, ambience..., cleanliness, grounds, food, (think their chef is five stars), were all top shelf. All I interacted with personally & on the phone were patient, professional, responsive & caring. Kudos to so many: Jeannie Jones, Clinical Director whom I spent the most face to face time with: great oversight, patience & follow thru. Raquel Barker, Therapist was so understanding & on spot with her assessments/care. Kris Garrigus Admissions Director, another Coastal professional whom I cannot say enough nice things about, always so patient & responsive to my probably too frequent inquires. Not to be forgotten is Judy Tucker, Director of Operations she too so patiently "put up with me"
    I highly recommend Coastal Detox

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    Susan C.
    11/13/2019
  • Can not say enough nice things about Coastal Detox & staff. Family member was there, told me five stars for the facility & all whom she interacted with. Said the facilities, ambience..., cleanliness, grounds, food, (think their chef is five stars), were all top shelf. All I interacted with personally & on the phone were patient, professional, responsive & caring. Kudos to so many: Jeannie Jones, Clinical Director whom I spent the most face to face time with: great oversight, patience & follow thru. Raquel Barker, Therapist was so understanding & on spot with her assessments/care. Kris Garrigus Admissions Director, another Coastal professional whom I cannot say enough nice things about, always so patient & responsive to my probably too frequent inquires. Not to be forgotten is Judy Tucker, Director of Operations she too so patiently "put up with me"
    I highly recommend Coastal Detox

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    Susan C.
    11/06/2019

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