Firefighters, EMT’s, Police Officers, and Nurses are our nation’s first responders. By definition, a first responder runs towards a situation, not away from it. Sometimes that situation involves drug or alcohol abuse. You may be the first person to address substance abuse with an individual or family. Your first hand knowledge of the effects of drug and alcohol abuse put you in a position to speak openly about addiction – but recovery is an entirely different story.
Substance abuse is a disease of the brain and the devastating effects of drugs and alcohol are 100% preventable if properly treated in time. Handing a piece of paper with local detox and treatment resources to a family in crises is often not enough. This is uncharted territory for most and substance abuse still carries such a negative stigma that it becomes paralyzing for families to cope with or seek help on their own.