Studies have shown that military men and women, police officers, and firefighters are more likely to abuse drugs and alcohol. All three of these groups consist of people who have will see some truly horrific things in their line of work. One way a lot of people cope with that is by abusing drugs and alcohol. For those uniformed men and women that have a propensity for addiction, it can be truly difficult. Studies have also shown that these groups of people are more likely to suffer from mental illnesses such as depression, anxiety, ADHD, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) to name a few.
Don’t Be Afraid to Ask for Help
One common issue we have seen with military, police officers, and firefighters is the fact that these types of people are typically the kind of people who tend to be very strong and self-sufficient. Because of this, it can sometimes be difficult for them to ask for help, especially when certain types of drinking and drug use are widespread, even encouraged, by their peers. Or when the attitude that depression and PTSD are not real conditions.
If you are a police officer, active military member, veteran, or firefighter and you have any issues with substance abuse, addiction, or mental health, we encourage you to reach out to us, either in person if you are in the Atlanta area or by contacting us online. Some of our counselors are perfectly happy to talk to clients over the phone or through Skype.
Seek Out the Care You Need
While counseling is helpful, it may not be enough. Some of you may need to seek out a rehabilitation clinic. Some of you may need to continue with 12-step meetings after you initially get clean and sober. Additionally, we offer Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous, and Al-Anon meetings at our office. Have a look at our meetings schedule.
The most important thing to remember when you are seeking help for your addiction is that you are not alone. You should also be proud of yourself for taking that first step. Addiction is a disease, and unfortunately, it is not treated as such in our society. If you are struggling with addiction, do not be discouraged. Help is there if you simply ask for it.
Alcoholics Anonymous – http://www.aa.org/
Narcotics Anonymous – https://www.na.org/
Smart Recovery – http://www.smartrecovery.org/
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration – https://www.samhsa.gov/
National Center for PTSD – http://www.ptsd.va.gov/
Mental Health Resources – https://www.mentalhealth.gov/