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Alcoholism or other dependencies to prescription meds and/or street drugs complicate the stress and physical and emotional trauma of dealing with life-threatening situations.  Addiction is no stranger to first responders -- "those who go in first".


A dependency might actually destroy a person's health, family life and career... and often does.  An individual also has to bear the unfair stigma that the addicted person "doesn't have enough will power".  Some also say that the addict "made the wrong choices".  But we know (as does all of the medical community) that addiction is a disease with a medical and behavioral basis, requiring care, understanding and professional treatment.  The first drink might be a choice, but any after that, the brain’s neuropathways take control. The first drink is too much; a hundred is not enough.


Post-traumatic stress disorder is a major challenge for vets and first responders.  Prescribed pain medication can easily lead to dependency.  There are so many factors, influences, and potential negative results.


Addiction can also lead to suicide as an option.  Police officers are found to be twice as likely as the general population to take this desperate course.

First Responders Bulletin

First Responders: Behavioral Health Concerns, Emergency Response, and Trauma - SAMHSA

First responders are usually the first on the scene to face challenging, dangerous, and draining situations.
They are also the first to reach out to disaster survivors and provide emotional and physical support to
them. These duties, although essential to the entire community, are strenuous to first responders and
with time put them at an increased risk of trauma.

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