Our law enforcement profession is very slow to embrace the need for early intervention and support of those who need help before they turn to self-medication with alcohol and prescription medications. There is a new treatment program available that is geared specifically for Police, Fire and EMS first responders and it’s called 1st Responder Treatment.
I had a chance to interview Mark Lamplugh the Founder and Program Coordinator of 1st Responder Treatment a partner with Transformations Treatment Center in Delray Beach Florida.
Mark founded 1st Responder Treatment to help first responders get drug and alcohol treatment nationwide. First Responders have special needs when it comes to treatment. Mark was a fire captain who struggled with addiction himself, so he understands the needs that must be met.
The mission of 1st Responder Treatment is to assist every first responder to get the help they need for their addiction issues while also protecting their privacy.
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In our interview we discussed the challenges in getting police officers or any first responders to ask for help when they have a problem with alcohol, drugs or stress.
Our discussion was directed at two audiences. One audience includes the first responders that have an alcohol or drug problem and the other audience was the peer, friend or family member of the police officer or other first responder that knows someone who needs help.
In our interview… we discussed:
- How 1st Responder Treatment is different from other treatment programs
- How the 1st Responder Treatment process works
- What it’s like at their treatment facility
- Why it’s important to seek treatment before you are forced into treatment
- What protections you have if you seek treatment on your own
- How to help a peer or friend who needs treatment
- How PTSD, depression and alcohol and drug abuse intersect
- How to get help and support for an intervention
If you would like to listen to our 28 minute interview please click the replay button below or RIGHT CLICK HERE to download (that’s CONTROL CLICK if you use a Mac then SAVE LINK AS…) a copy of the 6.6 MB mp3 file.
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If You Are in Crisis Right Now you can call 1st Responder Treatment at: 1-855-350-2405
We also always recommend calling Safe Call Now a 100% Confidential Resource For Public Safety Employees Including Law Enforcement, First Responders, Fire, Corrections, Civilian Support Staff and their Familes nationwide at: 1-206-459-3020
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