EMT Addiction and PTSD Treatment

The stress that a first responder goes through each day is unimaginable. No one feels that pressure more than emergency medical technicians (EMTs) and paramedics. In a field where one wasted second could mean life or death for an injured civilian, it’s easy to see why an overwhelming amount of EMTs turn to drug addiction and alcohol abuse to cope.

In fact, EMTs and other first responders are up to 10 times more likely to be at risk of suicide in comparison to the civilian population.

The feelings of hopelessness and frustration slowly build up as you’re tasked to go above and beyond to protect the life of someone else. However, the joy in life you once felt soon fades and you ultimately turn to drug and alcohol in order to cope.

These experiences could also cause PTSD symptoms which could ultimately affect your wellbeing and could even result in suicide if left untreated.

Why are EMTs/Paramedics at risk of PTSD and Substance Abuse?

Being an EMT or paramedic is a rewarding experience where you dedicate your life to save the lives of others. However most are exposed to situations which many people would normally be unable to bear.

Traumatic events like these often results in symptoms related to PTSD such as feelings of loneliness, nightmares, and flashbacks. The likelihood of PTSD developing increases as the number of traumatic events increases with each day. To some, the only way to cope is by using alcohol and falling prey to substance abuse by turning to cocaine, heroine, and more.

While it offers temporary relief, this soon starts to cause a dependence that could cause relationship problems with loved ones and family. Shifts in mood, anger, reliance on drugs in order to survive each day, and even suicidal thoughts could change your life in an instant.

The culture surrounding first responders and EMS also causes many to not seek treatment due to fear of being judged or not experiencing support from their fellow peers. A disturbing trend that ultimately causes many to turn to drugs and alcohol for comfort or even take their life.

PTSD Symptoms in EMTs/Paramedics

There are several symptoms that might start to appear in your daily life, including:

  • Depression
  • Persistent blame about the cause of an event
  • Inability to feel happiness

Symptoms for these events can occur shortly after the traumatic event, with EMTs and paramedics feeling hopeless as they experience these negative events around them. While EMTs are trained to be prepared for whatever comes their way, there is only so much the human mind and body can bear.

However, there is a way to help treat these negative feelings and bring back your life from the harmful effects of PTSD and substance abuse.

Warriors Heart is here to help

EMTs, paramedics first responders, or emergency medical technicians. To many they are known as the heroes who saved their lives, regardless of their license or expertise. If you or a loved one has PTSD or chemical dependency it’s important to contact Warriors Heart today.

Warriors Heart offers PTSD treatment and addiction therapy for these brave heroes who dedicate their lives for the safety of others. Here you will find a team of counselors and therapists dedicated to treating the harmful effects of alcohol and drugs, as well as the damage that happens as a result of PTSD.

A call can change your life. Contact Warriors Heart today. (844) 448-2567