As an emergency responder, or EMT, you are expected to stay calm during traumatic and chaotic situations. This stress and trauma on the job can add up and lead to mental health and substance abuse disorders. While you’re responding to emergencies and caring for others, who is looking out for your own health and well-being?
At Footprints Beachside Recovery, we can. Our team offers addiction treatment and dual diagnosis recovery programs designed to address challenges faced by EMTs.
Addiction and Mental Health Challenges Faced by EMTs
Distressing events and workplace culture both affect EMT mental health and addiction:
1. Traumatic Experiences
EMTs are oftentimes first at the scene to respond to disasters and provide life-saving care. The distress from these experiences can be difficult to manage, especially if not handled with the time and patience it deserves. In fact, more than 50 percent of EMTs report not having enough time in between traumatic events to process it and heal.
2. Abnormal Work Hours
It’s not uncommon for EMTs to work around-the-clock hours or have poor sleeping habits because of night shifts. This can take a toll on one’s physical and emotional health and put them at higher risk of PTSD and depression. Research suggests that 30 percent of emergency responders develop mental health disorders from what they encounter on the job.
3. Workplace Peer Pressure
EMTs may not always feel comfortable reaching out about their mental health and addiction challenges. They may join colleagues at the bar to decompress and hide their burnout and pain behind a façade of strength and toughness. Not having a safe, welcoming environment to address their troubles can exacerbate their trauma and lead to alcohol or drug abuse.
The Footprints Beachside Recovery Approach
Addiction and dual diagnosis disorders can make it difficult, if not impossible, to respond effectively to disasters and damage work and personal relationships. After everything you’ve been through for the sake of service, you deserve to put your well-being first.
This is what you can do at our treatment center in the peaceful beach town of Treasure Island, Florida.
Struggling with trauma doesn’t make you weak or mean you cannot be an effective EMT. During treatment, our team prioritizes guiding you through your trauma. Was it one specific event that triggered your symptoms? Was it a few events that built up over time? We’ll help you gradually address your PTSD and develop healthier ways to cope.
Knowledge of EMT Challenges
As a family-owned and -operated treatment center, we’ve personally struggled and overcome addiction and dual diagnosis disorders. However, we are also knowledgeable on how these conditions impact EMTs, specifically. For example, mental health conditions and substance abuse can impact reaction times when responding to emergencies and put your career’s future in jeopardy. Our team can provide personalized care and address your unique challenges, fears and triggers.
Peaceful, Personalized Environment
There are no panicked disaster victims to attend to or night-long work shifts you’ll have to do at Footprints Beachside Recovery. Here, it’s just you, our team and calming sounds of the ocean. You’ll eat nutritious, recovery-focused meals, follow a structured sleep schedule and have the time and space to focus on your recovery. This is where your mind and body can finally heal from addiction and mental health challenges.
Start Your Recovery Today at Footprints Beachside Recovery
You owe it to yourself, your family and your career to address your addiction and dual diagnosis disorders. Footprints Beachside Recovery is where you can find peace, heal and discover how to prevent trauma on the job from damaging your professional and personal life.
Contact us today to learn more about our EMT addiction and dual diagnosis treatment programs and find out how you can get started.