5 Ways You Can Support Police Officers in Addiction Recovery
The theme for Recovery Month this year is “Join the Voices for Recovery: Strengthen Families and Communities,” and nowhere is that theme more apropos than among police officers who are striving to find balance and unity with themselves, their families, and their communities through addiction treatment. For community members who are hoping to demonstrate their support for those who are working hard to heal from trauma and addiction, there are a number of different options. Here are just a few:
1. Attend Recovery Month events. There are a number of Recovery Month events happening across the country, events that you can take part in as a volunteer or as a participant. Get to know the organizations that are sponsoring events and find out what you can do to take part. Notice especially what organizations are working to support local law enforcement and provide them with mental health support and services, and learn how you can take part and help them get the job done.
2. Pay attention to what’s happening locally. Watch as events unfold in the news and pay attention to how people in your area are treating and talking about police officers. Media coverage matters and can impact how people treat police, which in turn can contribute to their experience in uniform, the trauma they experience, and their mental health in general.
3. Support awareness of mental health issues. Trauma-induced mental health issues are common among police officers. The more aware the public is about the nature of all mental health disorders and their symptoms, the more likely it is that stigma will fall away, increased treatment services will be made available, and police officers will be able to connect with the help they need to heal.
4. Support positive interactions with law enforcement. Every day, on social media and through in-person interactions with others, you can foster a warm and welcoming attitude toward police officers. This not only helps to improve their ability to connect with treatment if necessary, but it can also have a positive impact on the quality of their experience on the job.
5. Contact your legislators. Find out who represents you in state government and let them know how you feel about issues that can have an impact on the ability of law enforcement to do their jobs safely and healthfully.
Do You Need Support in Recovery?
If you are struggling with drug or alcohol use, we are here to support you. At American Addiction Centers, we offer a First Responder Lifeline Program that is designed to help law enforcement officers address all the issues of trauma and addiction that may be impeding their ability to function healthfully on the job and in life.
Our highly acclaimed program offers:
· Evaluation and assessment to identify trauma disorders, such as PTSD
· Dual diagnosis treatment for both addiction and co-occurring mental health disorders
· Family education and support
· EAP/MAP interactivity
· Reintegration assistance for when you are ready to transition back to work
What do you need to take full advantage of Recovery Month? Contact us at American Addiction Centers today 855–997–6542 to learn more.