Working as a law enforcement professional is one of the most challenging jobs in the country. Police officers, sheriff’s deputies and highway patrol face a wide variety of situations every day. Some of these are routine, others are dangerous and traumatic. For this reason, law enforcement officers often find themselves turning to alcohol or drugs to find an outlet for these stresses . Correctional Officers also face daily challenges, being surrounded by people who are traumatized, dangerous and hopeless creates an unpredictable work environment. All officers must remain hyper vigilant to do their jobs properly.
There are not too many groups of professionals more proud than law enforcement officials. These people take great pride in ensuring the safety of others. For this reason, many officers are afraid to reach out for help. They are worried about what their peers will think of them. They are concerned about what seeking treatment will mean to their career. As a law enforcement professional, there is nothing to be embarrassed about, nobody is going to look down on you. In fact, others, including your command and peers, may rally around you as you get the help you need to regain control of your life.
Law enforcement agencies throughout the United States employ more than 1.1 million full-time professionals, as well as more than 100,000 part-time employees. Due to the nature of the work, it is only natural for some of these people to rely on drugs and/or alcohol as a coping mechanism.
Each patient, regardless of their history as a law enforcement professional, will be evaluated to determine what type of program or clinician is best for them or their family member