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First Responders in Crisis

EMS, Firefighters, Military Members, Paramedics, Police Officers are often placed in many situations that can put their mental and physical health at risk trying to help others. Unfortunately, these brave men are often left with emotional and mental trauma also known as PTS or PTSD which left undiagnosed or supported can lead to depression, anxiety, isolation, addiction and suicide. The rate of substance misuse dramatically increases by 2-4x when an individual has witnessed or be involved in a traumatic event.

Subsequently today many employers work hard to provide first responders with a supportive environment when it comes to Mental Health and Wellness. Peer support groups help individuals suffering from OSI’s (Operational Stress Injuries – psychological injuries sustained while employed as a first responder). Having programs in place for these workers that suffer from Mental Health Challenges, including substance abuse, are beneficial for all parties involved.

For employers and first responders, this price tag can be a large one, due to on-the-job injuries, lost productivity, absenteeism and other factors.

Signs of Substance Abuse in the Workplace

  • Frequent, prolonged, and often unexplained absences
  • Involvement in accidents both on and off the job
  • Erratic work patterns and reduced productivity
  • Indifference to personal hygiene
  • Overreaction to real or imagined criticism
  • Increased anger or sadness
  • Change in physical appearance due to weight loss or gain
  • Unable or difficulty doing physical tasks
  • Such overt physical signs as exhaustion or hyperactivity, dilated pupils, slurred speech, or an unsteady walk

Why Help?

When first responders are exposed to potentially traumatic events as a function of their work, there is a legal responsibility to support them in their recovery from these exposures which contribute to the risk of developing clinically significant symptoms related to mental disorders. Unsupported, these men are at risk and will become a burden to their fellow workers, their families, and will greatly impact your budgets bottom line.

For more information on our program, please fill out the form below:

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  • For more information on Financial Assistance, and payment options please click here.

What to expect?

rehab for men

Meet our professionals

Carolyn Rogers

Medical Doctor

My job is to medically assess patients on intake into the program to determine what their individual issues and needs are. I remain involved as a resource for the duration of their stay if there are new or ongoing medical issues that require attention.

My mission is to create a safe, supportive environment for our clients so that they can focus on their recovery.

My vision is to provide a truly integrated bio-psycho-social model of addiction management that draws fully on the resources of all of the professionals involved.

 

Christian Avila

Program Manager

My job is to develop, implement and supervise guidelines, policies, procedures and client treatments in the HabitudeTM inpatient program ensuring the safety and quality of treatment for our clients

My mission is to create a biological psychological social and spiritual recovery inpatient program which can provide knowledge, tools and skills to our clients that nurture healthy lifestyle that supports and enriches healthy relationships

My vision is to be leaders in transforming lives through the delivery of programs, integrating innovative practices and evidence based medicine.

Carla “Vanina” Noejovich

Pyschotherapist

My job is to tailor a treatment plan based on each individual case. Healing from addiction and mental health issues is a long-term process.

My mission as a psychotherapist, is to help individuals to navigate through their own emotions so they can identify the roots of the problem, but also the strengths that will help them to get their life back.

My vision is to create a safe environment to actively promote recovery and long-lasting habit changes to benefit individuals and their families.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Is this program the right one for a First Responder?

This program is brilliant for first responders as the house reminds the men of their fire house and many of the routines that they are used to when working. Our doctors and clinicians also understand and can support many factors that contribute to the concurrent disorders.

2. Will their family be involved in the process?

ABSOLUTELY ! The family must be involved in the healing and recovery process as they will play a significant role post treatment.

3. How is the employer involved in the process?

The Habitude Program encourages open dialogue with your employer. Together we will develop a strategic plan that helps you to be physically and mentally healthier when you return to work and begin building confidence in your ability to stay well.