First Responders Dealing with Mental Health & Addiction – Treatment

By Nick Roshdieh – First Responder & Family Wellness

First responders experience daily stress and trauma, which can increase their chances of developing an addiction or mental health disorder. Even with the specialty training they receive, the constant exposure to horrible images of destruction, fire, injuries, violence and death can take its toll.

While they bear the immense responsibility of saving lives, at times, they might be too late. Sometimes death has already occurred, as in the case of a reported homicide. Besides law enforcement, other first responders include paramedics and firefighters, combat veterans, park rangers, corrections officers, emergency medical technicians (EMT’s), dispatchers and other rescue workers.

Often, the images and situations they encounter during their day-to-day jobs can lead to an array of trauma related disorders including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), acute stress disorder and other co-occurring disorders.

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Las Vegas… Sin City for First Responders???

By Sean Riley – Safe Call Now President & Founder

You’ve all heard the saying before… “Sin City”… “Anything Goes”… “What Happens in Vegas Stays in Vegas”… I’m not sure about that but I do know it is where I got my first opportunity to Keynote and that I’m here about 10 times a year. This is a city that can be cruel, it can bankrupt you, tear families apart, it caters to all addictions known to mankind and will chew you up and spit you out and laugh all the way to the bank. Almost a metaphor for the first responder profession. We eat our own!!!

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What Is Evidence-Based Treatment?

By Safe Call Now Admin Staff:

Evidence-based treatment is an important phrase in the medical world because it means that treatments have been proven to be effective in a large portion of the population. According to the journal “Health Policy,” the best definition of evidence-based practice is “The integration of best research evidence with clinical expertise”. In the field of recovery research, this is often related to behavioral therapies and pharmacotherapies, or medications used to help a person quit abusing drugs and/or alcohol.

The Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies uses an analogy of evidence-based treatment as a three-legged stool. The first leg of the stool is the best available research and scientific evidence that has helped people in recovery. The second leg is a patient’s values and preferences. The third leg is a recovery expert’s own clinical experience. When these three components come together, they provide a sturdy, well-designed method to help an individual overcome their addiction.

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