Services for
First Responders

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We have successfully combined forces with Worldwide Peer Support to launch a program for first responders in treatment at Bridges of Hope. Individuals who have served, or are currently serving, as first responders are able to complete our program with some added trauma-informed interventions and peer sessions. This program was piloted with a former client and the high praise for our staff, facility, and supports did not go unnoticed.

Warrior’s Pathway to Recovery

Over time, exposure to stressful situations can take a toll on First Responders’ mental and physical health. In some cases, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) results, with symptoms such as: flashbacks, nightmares, recurring thoughts and emotional numbness.

First Responders are at risk to develop numerous physical and mental health issues due to the intensive nature of their work and the types of traumas and stress they witness. These individuals are also highly susceptible to develop a substance abuse disorder. They are often exposed to extreme amounts of perceived stress that can result in the development of a trauma- and stressor-related disorder

Addiction Amongst First Responders

Although heroic and essential to society’s health and safety, these duties are often emotionally and physically draining. Chronic exposure to life-threatening situations, devastation, and loss, coupled with working long hours (sometimes forty-eight-hour shifts) under abnormally stressful conditions, has a significant impact on one’s mental health.

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Police Officers

However, first responders are some of the last people to seek mental health or addiction treatment. First responders are at an increased risk for post-traumatic stress disorder and other issues with mental health. The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) indicates as many as 24% of dispatchers and 35% of police officers struggle with PTSD.1

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Paramedics and Firefighters

It is also estimated that as many as 50% of paramedics experience PTSD symptoms and up to 37% of firefighters meet the diagnostic criteria for PTSD. A recent study of professions most at risk for PTSD showed police officers, firefighters, and first responders or ambulance personnel as the second, third, and fourth most at risk out of a list of seven.

Addiction treatment for first responders is not all that different from others who struggle with mental health and substance use disorders. For most, addiction treatment includes therapy (individual and group) in either an inpatient or outpatient rehab setting.

Common therapy models include evidence-based programs such as cognitive-behavior therapy and dialectical behavior therapy, both explained in more detail below. In addition to these evidence-based therapeutic models, peer support groups such as 12-Step programs are also beneficial, especially when the groups consist of individuals from similar occupational fields.

The American Society for Addiction Medicine recommends that first responders seek addiction treatment programs that address their unique needs. As noted above, the daily environment in which first responders operate is vastly different than a nine to five office job or virtually any other type of career. Additionally, many first responders have access to the same drugs (or alcohol) they sought treatment to overcome. Consequently, relapse prevention education and aftercare treatment planning may be different for first responders than for other members of the general public.

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“I had a great experience at bridges, would highly recommend to anyone seeking help. The facility is very nice and well kept, the staff members are amazing and treat you great. They listen to your needs and help in every way they can.”

— Zach, Alumni

“Bridges of hope is a amazing place I came here on my own and the moment I got here I wanted to leave so I can drink. So I changed my mind and it changed my life. The program is very good and you learn a lot about yourself.”

— Brayden, Alumni

“Small integrated group. Relaxed. Staff absolutely incredible. Comfortable rooms with TV was able to work in the yard and opportunities to leave the facility with Staff to ease the process of Rehab. A gym and weight room… And Awesome food!!! You won’t go hungry here… Love it 💜 Highly recommend!”

— Megan, Alumni

“This was my first time in treatment I was worried about it. But the staff is amazing they actually care about you and your sobriety. Food is amazing. But it has all been a great experience and taught proper tools to use with my recovery! I will refer anyone I know that needs help.”

— Shaun, Alumni

“I can’t even begin to express how great this place was for my fiancé and our family. Every employee I encountered with were so awesome & helpful. You can tell they genuinely care about their patients & their job. They truly saved my fiancés life & us a as a family. I hope everyone battling with addiction goes to a place like this!!!”

— Jori, Loved one