Addiction and PTSD Treatment for
EMTs and Paramedics

Emergency medical technicians (EMTs), paramedics, and other members of EMS (Emergency Medical Services) work long hours each day in order to save the lives of civilians. The need to act swiftly and without a mistake in order to save the life of someone else can be overwhelming. As a result, many turn to alcohol and drug use to cope with the vivid memories they experience throughout their shifts, while others develop PTSD as a result of exposure to traumatic events.

For friends and family this is a slow and painful event to witness. It’s important to be aware of the warning signs that could lead to PTSD or drug abuse so that you can take action and potentially save their life.

In order to provide the best treatment possible, we only accept those who suffer from addiction by itself or in conjunction with psychological disorders such as PTSD.

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

Being an EMT, paramedic, or member of EMS (Emergency Medical Services) 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. 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.

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.

Symptoms and Signs of PTSD / Addiction To Watch For

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 throughout the daily activities of the average EMS responder.

Some signs associated with PTSD or addiction are often attributed to simply being tired after a long shift. However, letting the signs continue for long periods of time can become a problem that needs to be addressed.

Drug and alcohol abuse

Alcohol use today is common but using it to sleep at night or as a way of dealing with the traumatic events that they witnessed could become an issue. Drinking alcohol on a regular basis or taking drugs can often lead to destructive behavior that can slowly wear down even the toughest person. Experiencing addiction is also a common symptom for those who have PTSD, and failing to address it could result in withdrawal symptoms.

Feelings of constant unrest

EMTs and paramedics often have long shifts which result in them being away from home during most of the night or day. However, upon their return friends and family might notice that they are experiencing a deep feeling of unrest. This can range from simply having difficulty sleeping to having vivid nightmares and feelings of unrest due to traumatizing memories.

Unable to experience feelings of happiness

A complete loss of pleasure in doing everyday activities is often the first sign that many notice. This can include avoiding social events or activities that once made them happy. In some cases, they might seek to isolate themselves to avoid raising suspicion.

Mood change

Someone experiencing a complete change in behavior could be facing traumatic memories. This can include them expressing a feeling of being hopeless, increased irritability, and even acting with aggression towards others.

Violent behavior

An increased frequency in lashing out against others of verbally and physically abusing them is a sign that should not be ignored. This can also lead to domestic abuse or other forms of public or private aggression.

Self-harm or suicide threats

When an EMT or paramedic threatens to take their life or cause harm to themselves or others this should not be taken lightly. Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 for immediate assistance.

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Treatments We Offer

Our main program is a 6 to 8 week treatment plan that provides enough time to treat issues that could be causing problems. There are other options for those who can’t commit to the full program, including an outpatient program that is tailored to treat a variety of symptoms.

Outpatient Program

Our focus is on providing a smooth transition out of our inpatient program and in order to set up our Warriors for success in long term sobriety we offer an Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP). This is done through individual counseling/therapy sessions at least once a week where we provide personal attention and detail for their return.

Residential Treatment

Our 6 to 8 week program is our main offering and is the most effective at treating the challenges that your loved one might be going through. As part of this program, they will arrive to the Warriors Heart treatment center to be under our care 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. There is a minimum of 28 days for this program to ensure the optimal care and treatment.

Long Term Sober Living

It’s recommended that your loved one attend our long term sober living program to ensure the best results upon completion of addiction treatment. In this program they will learn of the benefits of being sober and understand how alcohol and drugs can affect one’s life through counseling sessions.

Day Treatment

Our day treatment program consists of group counseling and therapy sessions to provide healing in a communal setting after completion of our outpatient program. This program offers extensive support from our licensed counselors and qualified professionals with a minimum of 4 days per week for group therapy or 2 hours of group counseling.

Detox

For those that are in need of drug and alcohol detoxification, Warriors Heart also offers a detox facility. There a team of experienced and licensed addiction specialists provide around-the-clock monitoring and management of withdrawal symptoms. All of this with the highest standards for quality to allow for overall wellness and recovery.

Warriors Heart accepts a wide variety of insurance including BlueCross, Aetna, Cigna, among many others.

Comforting & Healing Facilities

Located just outside of San Antonio, TX, the Warriors Heart treatment center is located in a beautiful private ranch. This expansive area is free from distractions and allows your loved one to heal with comfort and respect among others who are experiencing similar situations.

Inside of our treatment center you will find a home-like environment with suite-like offerings along with delicious meals cooked by our private chef. We’ve designed the facility to feel like they’re healing at home and not in a sterile-feeling hospital. There are also a large variety of recreational activities to take part of, including fishing at one of our many ponds, working out at our gym, running or walking trials, as well as a large variety of spaces where one can reflect.

We pride ourselves in having designed a facility that allows for those who are undergoing treatment to not feel alone. By interacting with others who are fighting the same battle, they will be able to recover without feeling alone.

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Amenities

  • Warrior Fitness Center
  • Running & Walking Trails
  • Fishing on Our Private Lake
  • Massage/Body Work
  • Basketball Courts
  • Table Tennis and Pool Tables
  • Swimming Pool

Inside of our treatment center you will find a home-like environment with suite-like offerings along with delicious meals cooked by our private chef. We’ve designed the facility to feel like they’re healing at home and not in a sterile-feeling hospital. There are also a large variety of recreational activities to take part of, including fishing at one of our many ponds, working out at our gym, running or walking trials, as well as a large variety of spaces where one can reflect.

We pride ourselves in having designed Warriors Heart as an environment where you won’t feel alone by providing a place where warriors can interact with others who have experienced similar situations.

Learn More

Amenities

  • Warrior Fitness Center
  • Running & Walking Trails
  • Fishing on Our Private Lake
  • Massage/Body Work
  • Basketball Courts
  • Table Tennis and Pool Tables
  • Swimming Pool

I’m extremely grateful to all of the staff members at Warriors Heart, as they have instilled a renewed confidence in my heart, mind, and spirit!!

– Justin T.

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What To Expect

Your loved one will be greeted by our team and welcomed warmly as they begin treatment. A tour of the facility will follow so that they are familiar with the surroundings and of what Warriors Heart has to offer before their treatment begins.

How To Pay For Treatment

Our focus is on healing and we work tirelessly to ensure that payment for treatment is easy. As such, we offer a variety of way to pay, including insurance, private payments, and even through workers compensation programs. Our team will gladly assist you in finding the best option for your situation.

What To Bring

We have compiled a simple list of items that can be brought to our facility. These include medications, appropriate clothing, paperwork, and personal items that will not delay or affect treatment.

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