Our Heroes Program
Our treatment program was designed to serve the mental health and substance abuse needs of veterans, first responders, and other high-risk frontline professionals.
Specifically geared for veterans and first responders who routinely face trauma, physical and mental stress and life-threatening situations
WHO DO WE SERVE?
Frequently, decisions made during deployment have lifelong consequences. Many veterans have expressed a desire to be the person they were before they experienced trauma, and they often try to suppress or avoid memories of the trauma they have lived through. However, for some, trauma symptoms can become so problematic that they result in family discord, divorce, social dysfunction, significant substance use, employment difficulty, physical health difficulties, legal problems and more.
For first responders, including firefighters, police officers, EMTs and more, maintaining optimum mental wellness is a critical part of remaining active and effective on the job as well as at home. Constant exposure to trauma, life-threatening situations and the physical strain of working long hours on little to no sleep can negatively affect overall mental health, increasing the vulnerability and risk of substance abuse and addiction. Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, depression and suicidal thoughts and behaviors among first responders are also common and believed to be triggered or worsened by repeat exposure to trauma, including physical abuse, death among the people they serve and loss of loved ones.
The term “high-risk frontline healthcare workers” includes a broad range of occupations that repeatedly expose workers to stressful or traumatic situations. Our frontline healthcare workers may regularly encounter challenging people, events and working conditions. Under these circumstances, frontline workers may experience job-related mental health, addiction, and trauma issues for which treatment in the Help for Heroes program is appropriate.
Mental health treatment: Care for individuals experiencing severe emotional or behavioral changes related to depression or anxiety, experiencing impairments of functioning, or other psychiatric conditions that could significantly their way of living and functioning on a day to day basis.
Dual diagnosis treatment: Designed for those who are struggling with substance/chemical dependency in conjunction with psychiatric disorders such as PTSD, depression and/or mood disorders.
Substance use treatment: A program structured to support recovery, through the development of relapse prevention skills.
Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP): Individuals typically receive intensive outpatient therapy and counseling three days a week. Supervised medication management, group therapy, education, training and skill building and recreational therapy.
Trauma treatment (including treatment for PTSD) focuses on the emotional and psychological effects of combat stress, addiction, depression and other trauma-related disorders.
Our evidence-based treatment model involves a combination of cognitive behavioral therapy, expressive therapy, wellness education, recreational therapy and other activities.