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First Responder Recovery at Genesis House:
Treating the Trauma Behind the Addiction

They may wear different uniforms, but the goal is the same. First Responders are trained to protect members of the community and respond to emergency situations – no matter the risk to their own health and well-being.

Stress, trauma, and burnout come with the territory, but what happens when that burden becomes too great to bear alone?

We are always “on call” to assist you.
Reach out now. 800-214-2607

Substance Use & Mental Health Treatment for First Responders

The First Responder Recovery Program at Genesis House treats the unique experiences of uniformed professionals in a private and confidential setting. Clients in this program benefit from specialized individual and small group therapy led by Dr. Philip Bulone, a retired First Responder who specializes in trauma-informed care and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

At Genesis House, First Responders are treated with the respect, support, and expertise of those who have been there.

First Responder Treatment 

First responders are a unique set of individuals, as they willingly put themselves in harm’s way to help people they have never even met. They sacrifice their physical, mental, and emotional wellbeing in order to uphold their oath of doing no harm. Not only do first responders have the responsibility of determining how to handle the situation they arrive at, but they hold the lives of others in the palm of their hands. Their actions dictate the severity of the outcome, and that in itself is an enormous load to carry.  And while nearly all first responders will say that they could never imagine doing anything else, there is a dark side to being the first one on the scene. 

First responders continually face situations that put weight on their hearts and minds and sometimes even change them forever. The greatest offering that can be provided to this profound group of people is to be the first ones there when they need it. At Genesis House, our goal is to care for those who drop everything to care for us. Our first responder treatment program provides specialized treatment for first responders struggling with mental health conditions like posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression anxiety, and substance abuse problems. We proudly provide care for the following first responders:

  • Police officers
  • Firefighters
  • Paramedics and emergency medical technicians (EMT’s)
  • Military members and veterans
  • Correctional officers
  • Security officers
  • 911 dispatchers
  • Doctors
  • Nurses
  • Rescue workers
  • Crisis workers
  • Disaster responders

We recognize the unique challenges facing first responders, which is why we offer professional, individualized care for those who are experiencing a substance use disorder and/or a co-occurring mental illness. 

First Responders and Trauma 

A startling 30% of all first responders develop mental health conditions like posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) as a result of what they witness on the job. A first responder who only experiences one traumatic event within his or her career is one in a million, as first responders are regularly witnessing traumatic scenes while on the clock. From firefighters who pull victims out of burning buildings and police officers who witness heinous crimes to doctors who lose patients on their tables and military members who get attacked by enemy forces, first responders cannot shield themselves from seeing some of the most horrific things imaginable. It comes as no surprise that this population of professionals struggles with PTSD as a result. 

So, what does PTSD look like? Well, there are three types of trauma that can lead to the development of PTSD — acute trauma, chronic trauma, and complex trauma. Depending on the type of trauma he or she has experienced and the severity of the PTSD, he or she may show any or all of the following symptoms:

  • Intrusive memories 
  • Vivid dreams
  • Avoiding people, places, and things that remind them of the event(s)
  • Feeling hopeless
  • Feeling guilty 
  • Social isolation 
  • Irritability 
  • Problems focusing
  • Reduced work performance
  • Loss of interest in previously enjoyed activities
  • Engaging in risky behaviors

These are just some of the many PTSD symptoms that a first responder can experience. When these symptoms are occurring and more traumatic events continue to occur, it can seem like an easy solution to drink or experiment with drugs to help take the load off. Unfortunately, this is how many first responders find themselves addicted to drugs and/or alcohol, too. 

First Responder Treatment Programs 

Of all individuals with PTSD, 20% of them develop a co-occurring substance use disorder. Many of those people are first responders who have turned to drugs and alcohol to cope with their overwhelming symptoms associated with trauma. At Genesis House, we offer first responder PTSD support and first responder substance abuse treatment services at the same time so that those who work in this profession can have both issues treated simultaneously. Studies have shown that when the components of a co-occurring disorder are present, the most effective way to treat all associated symptoms is to treat everything at once. At Genesis House, we have developed first responder treatment programs designed to meet the unique needs of firefighters, police officers, doctors, nurses, and other first responders. We are happy to provide a confidential yet comfortable setting for all first responder clients of ours. The first responder treatment program is led by Dr. Philip Bulone, a retired first responder who specializes in trauma-informed care and PTSD. The individual and group therapy sessions that Dr. Bulone offers first responder PTSD support as well as first responder rehab services. We feel honored to be able to connect someone like Dr. Bulone who has the experience of being a first responder with other first responders who can bond and benefit from his programming. 

We Proudly Serve:

Police – Firefighters – Military – Veterans – Correctional Officers Security Officers – Paramedics – Emergency Medical Technicians Emergency Response Providers – 911 Operators – Doctors – Nurses – Crisis Workers – Disaster Responders – Rescue Workers

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First responders experience higher rates of depression, post-traumatic stress, and substance use as compared to the general population.

A Trusted Leader in Addiction Treatment for Nearly 30 Years

Genesis House is a family owned and operated treatment center providing the highest quality of care for substance use and mental health since 1992. Our private recovery campus is situated in beautiful Palm Beach County, Florida.
We offer the full continuum of care, including Detox, Residential Treatment, Partial Hospitalization, Intensive Outpatient Services, Alumni Program, and Aftercare Support.

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Treatment Covered by Insurance & Approved by Employers

Our team provides First Responders with the tools they need to return to work at their best. At your request, we will provide administrative support for FMLA and Short-Term Disability. We will communicate with Commanding Officers, Union Representatives, Employee Assistance Programs, and others to coordinate your return to the job and provide support when you get there. We will also honor your request for complete confidentiality, if desired.

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We work with most major insurance providers.
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If You Need Help, Call Us Right Now. We Are Ready to Answer Your Call.

At Genesis House, we are committed to giving each first responder the most effective, compassionate treatment possible. With dignity and respect, our team will help each first responder navigate a life free from the stress of PTSD and the destruction of a substance use disorder.

If you need help, do not wait. Call Genesis House today to learn more about our first responder treatment program. 

Take the first step and call Genesis House at 800-214-2607
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