At 1st Step Behavioral Health, we value America’s hardworking people. The first responders, union workers, and work professionals deserve proper treatment and care. With a demanding job, it’s easy to get carried away with work.
However, this can lead to neglecting your own needs. If you’re a hardworking individual, take a step back. Ask yourself, “How am I feeling?”. Many people that are in the workforce struggle with mental health issues and/or substance abuse. Often these people feel like they can’t seek help or are scared even to try.
We’re here to tell you that this is a safe space. If you or someone you love is struggling with substance abuse or mental health concerns, get help today. These problems must be worked through early on before they snowball into something worse.
We offer a variety of resources and treatment options to working professionals, union workers, and first responders.
Substance Abuse in the Workplace
Did you know that over 26 percent of employed adults have substance abuse or addiction in their families? Over 42 percent of these employees felt their productivity suffer as a result. It is a common misconception that substance abuse isn’t a prevalent problem in the workplace. Many people assume this because it is not always readily visible on the outside.
Employees of companies conceal their addiction. They may find themselves stuck in a toxic cycle. These workers feel as though they cannot seek help because they fear that they’ll lose their job. However, we assure you that there are treatment programs available, especially for working professionals.
No matter the job or position you’re currently in, seeking help is possible. There is nothing to be ashamed of. It’s essential to receive the treatment you need rather than try to conceal a problem that keeps getting worse.
Treatment Programs for Working Professionals
Approximately $600 billion is lost in the United States annually due to drug and alcohol-related issues. The majority of these losses can be explained by the lack of productivity caused by substance abuse. Consequently, the company and workplace can suffer as a whole due to one employee’s addiction.
An addiction can affect the workplace in a variety of ways. For example, maybe you keep putting off an important project that has a lot of money on the line. Or maybe you’re putting those around you in danger by bringing drugs into the workplace.
What about your well-being? Neglecting your own needs will only hurt you in the future. Seeking treatment is a sign of strength. More importantly, your life will improve drastically when you commit to long-term sobriety.
Our services are customized for each patient. Each treatment plan will be personalized by taking an individual’s unique circumstances into consideration. However, the majority of our substance abuse treatment programs start with medical detox.
This is the process through which the addictive substances are flushed from your body. We offer around-the-clock medical supervision and care to ensure your safety throughout the entire process.
After detox, the most important part of treatment begins. This includes different forms of therapy, such as individual therapy and group sessions. Some resources incorporate holistic care, which focuses on treating the individual as a whole. It’s a more natural approach that is meant to supplement a treatment program.
Twelve-step programs, support groups, and psychotherapy are just a few of the resources you have available to you. Our goal is to teach you the tools necessary to sustain long-lasting sobriety, as well as overall happier life.
First Responders: Their Mental Health Matters
Police officers, firefighters, and paramedics are our local heroes. They’re the first to arrive at dangerous events nearly every day. First responders have to handle many traumatic experiences. Many times, these first responders don’t work through the complicated emotions that arise.
These complicated emotions can then turn into mental health issues if not dealt with. EMTs report higher levels of post-traumatic stress disorder than the general population. PTSD is a post-traumatic disorder that happens as a result of experiencing a traumatic event. Untreated PTSD is a major contributing factor to substance abuse rates and other mental health conditions such as depression.
20% of EMTs suffer from PTSD. To make matters worse, 40% of EMTs engage in the high-risk use of drugs and alcohol. This statistic is a wake-up call: We need to help our first-responders.
Police officers’ risk of developing alcohol dependence increases the more years they are on the force. The University of Arizona held a study that stated alcohol abuse and addiction rates increased the more prolonged the study participants worked as police officers.
Beginners who join the force and report 0% will experience an accumulation of job stress. After two years, 27% of rookies go on to develop an alcohol addiction.
After four years of working as an officer, that number increases to 36%. The study also found that alcohol use is a deeply ingrained part of police force culture.
- 25% of police officers report drinking to feel like ‘part of a team.’
- 25% of police officers were negatively affected by a co-worker’s drinking
Exposure to traumatic events requires the individual to address any mental health issues that come up after. Unfortunately, that isn’t always the case, and these officers conceal their struggles. At 1st Step, we offer a variety of treatments and resources that target PTSD.
You or a loved one can receive the help you need today. We’re always a call or message away.
Mental Health and Substance Abuse Treatment for First Responders
Co-occurring disorders are another common issue in the first responder field. People who have substance use disorders and mental health disorders are diagnosed as having co-occurring disorders or dual disorders. This is also referred to as a dual diagnosis.
Co-occurring disorders call for a more intensive level of care, such as inpatient treatment. It is crucial to address these underlying mental health concerns along with the addiction. Neglecting any aspect of the disorder will only lead to further complications.
Levels of Care at 1st Step
We offer different levels of each treatment. Each patient is unique, and their needs reflect that. Some people may have the ability to attend a full-time treatment program and reside at the facility. Others can only commit to a few hours a day.
Regardless of your availability, there’s a treatment that can work for you. We’ll find a way to incorporate what you need into a personalized treatment plan. Under each level of care, there’s a wealth of resources available.
Outpatient rehabilitation does not require the individual to live at our facility. However, designated housing for first responders is an available option. This type of care allows patients to take care of home, work, or school obligations while still receiving treatment. We’ll work together to create a schedule that works around your responsibilities.
Outpatient treatment provides most of the same resources as residential treatment. This includes individual therapy, group sessions, medical care if necessary, and much more.
Intensive Outpatient (IOP) or Partial Hospitalization (PHP) Treatment
IOPs and PHPS provide more substantial time in therapies and treatment than do outpatient services. This type of care does not require the patient to live at the facility either. These programs offer the same core services as an outpatient or inpatient treatment. From individual to group therapy, there’s not a shortage of resources and treatment options.
These programs typically include 9 hours or more of treatment for 3 to 5 days per week. Other programs offer fewer hours per week. IOP treatment generally ranges from 6 to 30 hours per week. The treatment itself lasts about 90 days.
PHPs can be more intensive, requiring about six hours a day, five days a week. A typical length of PHP is around 30 days. The exact length of any treatment varies from patient to patient.
Inpatient rehabilitation offers the highest, most intensive level of care for first responders, union workers, and working professionals. Inpatient treatment is ideal for those with more severe addictions or mental health concerns.
Patients are in supervised care 24/7 while receiving a full, intensive day of group and individual therapies. The program itself can last anywhere from 28 to 90 days. Longer stays are also available if necessary.
Core Benefits of Rehab
Our facility offers a wealth of resources during treatment. These benefits include, but are not limited to:
- Intensive individual therapy
- Group therapy
- Exercise and nutrition education
- Medicated detox
- Family therapy
- Support groups and aftercare
There is a light at the end of the tunnel, no matter what you’re going through. As a working professional, you may find yourself always taking care of someone else’s needs. It’s time to focus on your own and get the help you need.
We’re Here For You
It is not only honorable, heroic to be a first responder. To our union workers and working professionals, we admire your dedication and hard work. We believe in prioritizing the hardworking individual.
Our treatment is tailored to your specific needs and challenges. It’s not just about treating the disease. It’s about treating the person as a whole. If you’re struggling with PTSD, addiction, or another mental health problem, seek help with us today.
Call 1st Step Behavioral Health at (866) 319-6126 or contact us here for more information about available programs.