EMTs and Paramedics
Paramedics and EMTs 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 result in burnout. Many turn to alcohol and drug use to cope with the vivid memories they experience throughout their shifts. PTSD might develop in certain extreme cases, such as those who are exposed to crime scenes regularly the death of a patient. This can also lead many to rely on these substances in order to get through their day, leading to chemical dependency and addiction.
For friends and family this is a slow and painful event to witness. Someone who came back home with a smile and stories to tell about saving lives soon turns into a mere reflection of who they were. 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.