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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Why First Responders Should Travel for Treatment

It can feel overwhelming when trying to decide where to go to treatment. Whether you are suffering from a mental health issue or a drug or alcohol addiction, there is a multitude of treatment centers to choose from. Treatment centers are everywhere, so there is probably one near where you live, but it may not be the right one for you. Traveling to a treatment center in different state could be the right choice for you.

There are many factors to consider when determining where you should complete your  treatment, but one of the most important factors is location. It can feel comfortable staying near home while receiving treatment, but it could be beneficial for both you and your loved ones if you complete your recovery process in a different location than where your issues started or manifested.

Here are some key reasons to consider traveling outside your state for treatment:

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Being Grateful… It Does Make A Difference

By Jay Dobyns – ATF Agent (ret.), Best Selling Author and National Keynote Speaker

For those unfamiliar with Jay’s story, he was a federal agent for 27 years.  He developed into an elite undercover operator who focused his efforts on violent suspects.  Late in his career he experienced a massive amount of credible death threats from criminals that he had investigated.  His agency failed to react properly and when he challenged them, they retaliated against him in a dreadful way.  He filed a lawsuit and won behind the facts, evidence and testimony to prove the abuse.  His trial court victory was appealed by the government and ultimately overturned.

The truth was not enough to overcome a legal interpretation of law.  The appellate court ruled that, although unfortunate, there was no law or contract to prevent his agency from unmasking the location of his residence, failing to respond when arsonists burned his home to the ground (characterized by some as a failed assassination attempt), and then doubling down and corruptly trying to frame Jay as the arsonist.  For 15 years Jay fought for justice and accountability for himself and all lawmen and women.  Jay has been a regular contributor to the Safe Call Now mission.  Below is an essay he wrote for our friends and audience after learning that at the end of this tragic journey, he had lost.  Jay is not only a warrior and survivor, he’s also very #grateful for his journey.

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