Firefighters save lives and property every day, around the clock. In order to do so, firefighters brave danger at every turn. America’s finest are under extreme pressure to meet their life-saving objective, which often requires no room for error. These brave men and women must be ready for anything and the constant vigilance required and the frequent exposure to carnage and trauma can be exhausting. Combine that exhaustion and trauma exposure with a perceived need to appear tough and remain calm, it is no wonder many firefighters turn to alcohol, drugs, or other substances or behaviors to release tension, numb emotional or physical pain, or simply change the way they feel inside.
Addiction and PTSD treatment for firefighters can offer hope. If you or someone you love is struggling with substance abuse related to the trauma of firefighting, connect with Serenity Grove today. In our Athens, GA addiction treatment center, we offer customized treatment programs tailored to the unique needs of firefighters. Connect with our team at 844.904.3485 or reach out online to learn more.
The Link Between Firefighting and PTSD
Being a firefighter comes with an incredible amount of stress. Many of those who struggle with chronic stress or trauma turn to drugs or alcohol to cope. This escape through substances or behaviors like gambling or using pornography or sex to excess or the development of PTSD can lead to substance use disorders, what some call alcoholism or addictions. Families and friends can feel helpless as they watch the spiral from active, vibrant firefighter, parent, sibling, son or daughter to a life in shambles from the ravages of an alcohol or substance use disorder. It is important for family members to be aware of the signs and symptoms of untreated PTSD or an evolving addiction.
At Serenity Grove, we understand firefighters. Our founder is the son of a career firefighter. Moreover, our center specializes in trauma, PTSD, and other co-occurring conditions that occur along with or that even cause the primary substance use disorder.
Signs and Symptoms of PTSD and Addiction
It can be helpful to know the symptoms of PTSD and substance use disorders in order to help those who are struggling access care. A few of the most common symptoms include:
- Abusing or over-using alcohol or drugs
- Change in mood
- Feelings of unrest or uneasiness
- Inability to express joy or happiness
- Acting out or violent actions
- Threats of self-harm or suicide
If you recognize these symptoms in yourself or a loved one, connect with a Serenity Grove team member by calling 844.904.3485 today.
PTSD and Addiction Treatments We Offer for Firefighters
While each treatment plan is tailored to the individual and their unique set of needs and circumstances, a typical primary treatment can be anywhere from four to 12 weeks. For some, we may provide detox only, which typically takes a week or less, and for others, longer-term programs may be advisable and we can accommodate those needs as well.
- Medical detox center
- Inpatient and residential treatment
- Outpatient treatment
- Day treatment
- Long-term programs
In addition, at Serenity Grove, we accept most major insurance and for many of those, we are in-network. The others we can usually work with on an out-of-network basis or a single occurrence in-network basis. We also have financing plans that are quick and simple to apply for and you can receive an approval the same day in most cases. Our friendly business office staff will work with you diligently to make all the arrangements to get your loved one the care they need right away.
Contact Serenity Grove Today
Reach out to our team today at 844.904.3485 or connect with us online to learn more.