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Specialty Program

First Responders & Veterans

Addiction Treatment Specifically Designed for First Responders and Military Vets


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.

Program Details

Who's a First Responder?

You have experience moving at breakneck speed through life-and-death encounters on a regular basis. You've endured rigorous training, watched the impossible become possible, and tested the limits of your own human endurance. Graphic images have passed before your eyes; you tell yourself it’s merely routine, get it together, and get it done. You're likely considered a first responder if you are a:
  • Veteran
  • EMT
  • Police officer
  • Firefighter
  • 911 operator
  • ER nurse
A Look Inside

Our Facility

See the beautiful grounds at River Oaks where your recovery could take place.
What to Expect

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.

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    Medical Detox

    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.

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    Inpatient Rehabilitation

    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.

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    Residential Treatment

    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.

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    Intensive Outpatient Program

    Our intensive outpatient programs include scheduled treatment sessions for at least 3 hours a day, 3 days a week.

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    Sober Living

    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.

Be Brave: Choose Help

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No one gets left behind on the field or on the floor. Shouldn’t it be the same with your addiction treatment? Find your purpose again through healing your substance abuse with a renewed human connection.