While firefighters, law enforcement officers and other first responders put themselves in harm’s way and bravely face terrible violence and tragedies—they are still human. Just like everybody else, they feel fear, sadness and stress. Overtime, their high-stakes jobs take a toll. Many experience depression, anxiety and even post-traumatic stress disorder. The trouble is, first responders are often the last to get help.

Standing in the way
There are many reasons why these men and women are reluctant to get professional help. Some fear they’ll lose their jobs. Others believe they are resilient and have it under control. According to Dan Willis, Captain of the La Mesa Police Department, CA, first responders fear that seeking help will be viewed as a sign of weakness.

Coping
Unfortunately, first responders resort to unhealthy behaviors, like using drugs and alcohol to cope. A study published by the Journal of Law Enforcement indicates that 25% of police officers suffer from alcoholism and substance abuse.

Helping our heroes
At Bradford Health, we have the deepest respect for our public servants and protectors. That’s why we developed our Law Enforcement First Responders Program. This treatment program is specifically designed to address the challenges these men and women face and give them practical tools so they can recover and continue on in their careers.

Learn more or get help
Bradford Health has a proven track record in helping first responders. To learn more, or if you or someone you know has a problem, call us today: 888.577.0012.