Addiction Treatment for First Responders
Serenity Lane’s First Responders track provides specialized clinical and group therapy components to address the unique needs of first responders with a substance use disorder. This includes addressing trauma, dealing with perceived stigmas around vulnerability and asking for help, establishing fellowship amongst peers and clinical interventions to manage stress.
We’ve developed this track with all first responders in mind, including emergency medical personnel, law enforcement, firefighters, social workers, and military servicemen and women. Thanks to our partnership with TRICARE, we are pleased to be able to offer more services to military veterans and their families. We continue to explore ways to expand access to treatment and bring our first responder curricula to community partners who can build awareness that help is available.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) About Our First Responders Program
Why do First Responders Need Special Programming?
Although the body responds the same to trauma, first responders are trained to not talk about their trauma and their trauma is usually secondary in nature. They have witnessed trauma that others’ have suffered.
Who Qualifies for this Program?
Police, firemen, emergency medical personnel, social workers and members of the military are all considered first responders and are a good fit for this track.
What About Alumni?
The First Responders program is currently only offered to current patients and alumni are welcome to attend some of the group sessions. Anyone interested in that may contact the alumni manager, Stephanie Edwards, to request more information.
What are some of the Specific Clinical Interventions in this Program?
Clinical tools used in this track include Motivational Interviewing, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing.