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Addiction and Recovery
The constant exposure to life-threatening situations and the physical strain of working long hours under stressful conditions can negatively impact overall mental health. Consequently, there is a tragically close relationship between addiction and emergency responders.
Some first responders to turn to drugs and alcohol to cope with and mask their pain. Many use alcohol to deal with stress or as a source of socialization and bonding with their crew.
The infographic at the left showcases the rate of substance misuse in first responders, and, of course, the underlying PTSD that is often a significant factor in the reliance on drugs or alcohol.
Are You Wondering About Your Own Alcohol or Drug Intake?
When you have substance use disorder (AUD), you might lose control over when and how much you drink, feel bad when you aren’t drinking, or keep using alcohol even when it starts to cause problems in your life.
Some first responders prefer to take an online self-assessment as a confidential, safe way to gauge their alcohol or drug intake. While this kind of test isn’t an official diagnosis, it can help you determine whether you should be concerned about how much you drink.
Regardless of whether a quiz suggests that you may drink or use substances too often, you may want to call us for support and access to treatment if any of the following are true for you:
Your work life or home life suffers because of your drinking.
You use alcohol or drugs to boost your confidence or lessen painful feelings
You do things while drunk or high that you are ashamed of
It's causing financial or legal problems.
You can’t seem to stop.
EAPFirst helps first responders in Vermont gain more control over their drinking or substance intake. Contact us today to talk about it.
More Resources for Recovery
Recovery Vermont has some free, meaningful, and really fun resources for folks in recovery, their family members, and their allies.
They also recommend a variety of online support groups, found in this article
SMART Recovery is a sober community that has online resources and meetings. Their philosophy is largely using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to change behaviors and habits.
Find a buddy who will check in with you via phone or video daily, whether it's a sponsor, online friend, or trusted family member.
Contact EAPFirst to talk about it.