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.