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Opiate Recovery for First Responders at After Action
Addressing Opiate Challenges Among First Responders
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The opiate crisis has touched lives across the nation, with first responders on the front lines witnessing its impact daily. Not immune to the pressures and trauma associated with their crucial roles, first responders themselves may find refuge in the temporary solace opiates provide, not realizing the grip of dependency taking hold until it’s deeply entrenched.

At After Action, we understand the unique pressures faced by first responders and the paths that may lead to opiate use. Our programs are specifically designed to offer the understanding, confidentiality, and targeted support needed to navigate the journey to recovery, acknowledging the courage it takes to confront opiate dependency.

For first responders, the use of opiates may initially stem from managing physical pain or psychological distress resulting from their demanding work. However, the highly addictive nature of opiates, coupled with the challenges of the job, can lead to a cycle of dependency that requires specialized intervention to break.

Early recognition of opiate dependency is crucial. For first responders, signs might include:

⦁ Changes in behavior, mood, or performance.
⦁ Physical symptoms of withdrawal or frequent use.
⦁ Increasing isolation or withdrawal from colleagues and loved ones.
⦁ Defensive reactions to discussions about opiate use.

Our approach to opiate recovery includes:

Medically Supervised Detoxification: Providing a safe environment to manage withdrawal symptoms with the expertise to address complications that may arise, especially considering the physical demands of first responder duties.
Specialized Therapy: Leveraging therapy modalities like cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) and dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) to address underlying causes of dependency, with an emphasis on the unique stressors faced by first responders.
Peer Support: Facilitating groups specifically for first responders, offering a shared space for understanding, empathy, and mutual support.
Holistic Health Focus: Incorporating stress reduction, physical wellness, and resilience training into recovery plans to address the comprehensive needs of first responders.

After Action is dedicated to supporting first responders through the complexities of opiate recovery. Recognizing the critical role these individuals play in our communities, we are committed to providing a pathway to healing that respects their service, sacrifices, and the unique challenges they face.

If you or a fellow first responder is struggling with opiate dependency, After Action offers the specialized support and resources necessary for a path to recovery that honors the demands and dignity of your profession. Reach out today to explore our targeted treatment options and take the first step toward regaining control.

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Siri Sat Khalsa, MD, Medical Director
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Siri Sat Khalsa, MD
Dr. Siri Sat Khalsa is a board certified Addictionologist with over a decade of experience as a specialist in detoxing and treating patients with alcohol and substance use disorders. As a graduate of USC medical school and Harbor UCLA residency, she spent 10 years a Family Practitioner before discovering her passion for caring for patients struggling with addictions. Her approach is to safely detox patients as comfortably as possible and to then focus on caring for the anxiety and depression and other mental health issues that typically accompany substance use disorders while simultaneously crafting plans to sustain long term sobriety.

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