Law Enforcement Officers
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The law enforcement officer and first responder recovery track at the Florida Recovery Center was developed with input from law enforcement personnel to provide police, deputies, firefighters and other first responders addiction treatment. It offers evaluation, detox and stabilization, rehab, therapy and continuing care services to law enforcement officers and first responders with alcohol or other drug problems.
Law enforcement professionals and first responders can have alcohol and drug problems just like anyone else. Professional literature as well as our real life experience suggests that law enforcement professionals are no more immune than the general population to problems with addictive substances. When these problems progress to a level that threatens the officers’ health, career and family, they deserve the opportunity to get help.
Three Phases of LEO Track at Florida Recovery Center
Phase 1: Evaluation and stabilization in an inpatient or outpatient setting specific to individual circumstances and management of co-occurring medical issues like anxiety, depression and post-traumatic stress disorder.
Phase 2: Intensive drug rehab and alcohol rehab in a day-treatment setting with community living, profession-specific therapy groups, counseling, education, relapse prevention training, family involvement and return-to work-planning.
Phase 3: Long-term, professionally delivered support services, monitoring and advocacy.
Signs of a Problem
People suffering from addiction can display any of these symptoms, but that alone is not enough to make a diagnosis. However, several of these issues simultaneously may suggest that an evaluation by a qualified professional is necessary.
- Uncharacteristic performance problems
- Increased absenteeism
- Anger management issues
- Partners and family members express concern
- Continued substance use despite negative consequences
- Efforts to cut down or quit have failed
- Excessive use of pain medication
- Family conflict around drinking or pill use
Law enforcement officers and first responders share unique circumstances not typically experienced by the general public, including high stress coupled with tremendous responsibility, violence, dangerous situations and exposure to trauma. Unfortunately the same skills and adaptability that enable officers and agents to excel in their jobs can be detrimental to recovery for those individuals suffering from addiction. They need treatment. Our approach recognizes the need for high levels of confidentiality, the need to address shame, anger, PTSD and other issues prevalent in our patients who come from a law enforcement background.