First responders can experience an enormous emotion and physical toll from their work, sometimes leading to substance abuse. In this program, you’ll learn how to rebuild from the trauma you’ve experienced.
Who's a First Responder?
- Police officer
- 911 operator
- ER nurse
What to Expect
The Vets and First Responders Program at River Oaks empowers the client to re-establish connections with life. Through our First Responder and Military Lifeline curriculum, created in conjunction with Employment Assistant Professionals, we help our first responders realize they can rebuild from their trauma.
You can expect to learn about the following topics while in treatment:
- First Responder and Military Culture
- The Hypervigilant Rollercoaster
- Character and Values
- Impact of Stress
- Post-traumatic Responses
- Family & Relationships
- Cognitive Distortions
- Needs in Recovery
- Pain management
- Grief & loss
- Relapse prevention
Clients are grouped with other first responders, just like them. We help them unpack what they are “supposed to be able to handle” and replace it with healthy expectations and coping mechanisms. Our team guides them expertly through methods of overcoming their compassion fatigue to allow themselves to accept help, instead of avoiding a focus on self.
What We Offer
At River Oaks, our many levels of care meet you where you are and provide the right treatment for you.
After a medical and psychological evaluation, if there's a clinical need for medical detox, we provide a safe, 24/7, medically-managed detox environment.
This requires daily physician visits, and may be fitting for people who are dealing with acute or chronic issues in need of 24-hour observation.
PHPs are a transitional option for individuals who are getting ready to live away from a 24-hour facility. Treatment focuses on therapy and skill-building to help individuals prepare for life in recovery outside a facility.
Intensive Outpatient Program
Our intensive outpatient programs include scheduled treatment sessions for at least 3 hours a day, 3 days a week.
Sober living facilities offer individuals a chance to live in a residential setting, pay rent, work, and cooperate with other residents to take care of their home together.