Firefighters brave fierce flames in order to accomplish their mission: save the lives of those who are in danger. This pressure to act flawlessly with each call along with the constant need to be ready for anything could wear down even the toughest person. In order to cope with this extreme sense of responsibility, many firefighters turn to alcohol or drugs in order to remain calm or develop PTSD as a result of the trauma.
For families and friends, this can be painful to watch. In order to avoid further damage, it’s important to be aware of any of the damaging signs that could point to PTSD or addiction.