Police officers and other members of law enforcement have a mission to protect and serve the lives of those who are placed in harm’s way. However, their mission is often not that simple and could involve situations where they might have to calm and pacify an individual in one call only to rush to a scene where a gunfight is occurring. This pressure to remain calm and diplomatic in moments of extreme stress can be too difficult for the average person to bear, and often leads to alcohol or drug abuse as they seek to cope with the effects.
While police officers can come home to their friends and family, many LEOs begin to feel the effects of their daily work and their loved ones soon start to realize the damage. In these instances, family members have to be vigilant of the dangerous effects of PTSD and addiction.