They’re the first on the scene and often place their own safety on the line to provide assistance, support and medical care when people need it most. They’re the real-life heroes who perform an essential duty in the aftermath of crime, accident, disaster and other difficult situations, but the continued exposure to these events can take its toll. Combined with the physical strain, the nuisances, and long hours, the demands of the profession can have a negative impact on mental health and lead to the development of unhealthy coping mechanisms. Due to this, there is a strong correlation between addiction and first responders such as law enforcement officers, firefighters, paramedics, EMTs, and corrections officers.

At First Responder Wellness, we understand the unique challenges you face because we’ve been there. We also know that you’re not alone — an estimated 30 percent of first responders develop a behavioral or mental health disorder during their service, but few seek the help they so readily give to others. Instead, self-medication with alcohol, addictive substances or medications is common, which often leads toward a long, winding road of addiction that is difficult to overcome alone. With the right support and guidance, however, recovery is possible, beginning with a medically supervised detox that will build a strong foundation for lasting sobriety.


Detox is often the first step to recovery that helps prepare you for the road ahead. Alcohol and other addictive substances can have lasting effects that change the way you think and feel, and some substances cause uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms that make it difficult to stay sober without professional help. Detox helps to counteract these effects by clearing toxins from the body, safely managing any symptoms you experience so you can regain your strength and begin to make meaningful progress toward recovery. It’s a demanding process, but you will receive a thorough assessment upon intake that evaluates your substance use history, mental health needs and more to ensure that you receive the appropriate level of care. Our experienced providers will then develop an individualized treatment plan that addresses your specific symptoms and minimizes discomfort to help you readjust to sobriety.

Is Detox Right for Me?

Detox is an important part of the recovery process that is highly recommended for anyone that has used illicit substances for a period of time, especially if withdrawal, cravings and other symptoms occur when alcohol or substance misuse has stopped. Breaking the cycle of addiction is extremely difficult without completing this crucial first step and relapse rates are high among those who try to quit “cold turkey” or detox on their own. Although beneficial for anyone seeking help for their addiction, some signs that indicate you or a loved one should consider detox include:

  • Frequent use of alcohol or other addictive substances
  • Difficulty stopping or cutting down usage
  • History of overdose or relapse
  • Medical or mental health concerns
  • Physical or psychological dependence
  • Withdrawal symptoms

For many, a professional, medically supervised detox can mean the difference between long-term recovery and relapse. The intense cravings and uncomfortable symptoms that arise when alcohol or substance use is reduced or stopped often prevent people from successfully detoxing on their own, continuing the cycle of addiction despite the consequences. Providing a place where alcohol and other addictive substances can be safely eliminated from the body under medical supervision dramatically increases the chances of a successful detox while building a foundation for lasting recovery.

What Can I Expect During Detox?

At First Responder Wellness, we take the time to develop personalized treatment plans for each client. Our dedicated providers are experienced in managing a range of withdrawal symptoms and will ensure that you’re comfortable throughout the process. With medical supervision, therapeutic treatments and a distraction-free environment, you’ll be able to focus on healing and prepare for what comes next. Some of the tools we use to help you during detox include:

  • Case management
  • Psychological assessment
  • Medication-assisted treatment (MAT)
  • Mindfulness and meditation
  • Comfortable, home-like setting with semi-private rooms

Depending on your individual needs, our treatment plans and length of stay are flexible. A variety of factors can influence how long it takes for you to detox and our goal is to ensure that you feel ready to transition into the next phase of your recovery.