As many as 30% of first responders will experience mental health concerns in their lifetime. High-stress environments, mental health issues, and trauma can all lead to an increased risk of substance use issues. For first responders, having access to a specialized drug and alcohol rehab program can be invaluable. At San Antonio Recovery Center, our first responder drug rehab program was designed with the needs of this specific population in mind.
Connect with a member of our team today to learn more about our first responder drug rehab programs. At San Antonio Recovery Center, we help our clients heal. Reach out to us at 866.957.7885 or contact us online.
The Need for a First Responder Drug Rehab
Mental health disorders and substance use problems are deeply connected. Nearly half of all people who experience addiction or a substance use disorder will also struggle with a mental health disorder within their lifetime. Complicating matters, certain mental health disorders are more common among certain populations. For example, working in dangerous fields, such as law enforcement or the military, increases your risk of developing post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
Those who work in violent, dangerous, or high-stress fields are more likely to experience mental health and substance use problems. First responders are more likely to deal with stress and witness or experience potentially traumatic events. This leads to not only a higher prevalence of mental health issues among first responders but also a higher potential for substance use issues.
How Addiction Develops
Addiction involves a physical or psychological drug or alcohol dependency. You experience a compulsive need to use drugs or alcohol. Having a desire to quit or regularly dealing with negative consequences is rarely enough to stop without help. Physical dependency causes physical withdrawal symptoms, which can become severe enough to warrant hospitalization.
When you become addicted to drugs or alcohol, your brain chemistry is significantly impacted. Your brain begins rewarding your drug or alcohol use with excessive amounts of neurotransmitters. When the effects wear off, you lack pleasurable neurotransmitters and experience intense cravings. Eventually, your brain can become completely dependent on drugs and alcohol to release neurotransmitters, resulting in depression and anxiety when you don’t drink or use drugs.
Sings and symptoms of drug or alcohol dependency include:
- Going to work or school high or intoxicated
- Using or drinking in dangerous or inappropriate situations
- Regretting things you said or did while under the influence
- Needing to use drugs or alcohol to feel normal
- Having friends or family members confront you about your drug or alcohol use
- Inability to stop, control or limit your drug or alcohol use
A first responder drug rehab program can help you balance your employment, financial and personal obligations with your medical and mental health to help you recover.
What to Expect in Our First Responder Drug Rehab Program
Our first responder drug rehab program helps clients address the root causes of their substance use issues. Whether environmental factors, a family history of addiction, or mental health issues have contributed to your drug and alcohol use, our therapists will help you get to the bottom of these complex issues.
Our first responder drug rehab program includes both inpatient and outpatient options. Inpatient treatment is recommended for those who are in the early stages of recovery or who are working to overcome a severe addiction. Outpatient care can be an effective option for ongoing treatment.
Evidence-based and holistic treatments are utilized to help you develop proper coping strategies and learn how to combat triggers and cravings. Individual counseling can help you explore negative thinking patterns and learn how to better regulate your emotions and actions. Family therapy helps you and your loved ones create healthy boundaries and work together during your recovery. Medication-assisted treatment can help relieve withdrawal symptoms and curb cravings. And treatment for co-occurring disorders can help you learn how to manage mental health issues without relapsing.
During active addiction, you might have neglected your physical, emotional, and spiritual needs. We help our clients heal in body, mind, and spirit through nutrition education and fitness programs. Activities like yoga and meditation can help you build strength and manage stress.
Contact San Antonio Recovery Center Today
Stress, trauma, and a demanding career can make it difficult to find help for a substance use problem. At San Antonio Recovery Center, our first responder drug rehab program understands addiction and can help you find sobriety and regain control of your life. From detox to aftercare, we offer support every step of the way.