Recovery Starts With You

March 14, 2018

As a fire fighter or paramedic struggling with addiction or mental health issues, you might think that asking for help is a sign of weakness — proof that you can’t handle the difficulties of your job. After all, you’re used to being the one who helps others, so why would you need to ask for […]

How to Identify a Mental Health or Substance Abuse Problem

March 12, 2018

“I was starting to have nightmares. I was starting to be more angry than I typically was. I started isolating. I continued to get promoted. Outwardly, things seemed to be okay, but inwardly … I felt completely alone,” recalls Chuck Talbott, a retired fire fighter of Yarmouth, MA. Research indicates that 1 in 5 fire […]

FOX’s “9-1-1” Depicts Fire Fighter in Recovery

March 7, 2018

FOX’s new procedural drama, “9-1-1,” aims to depict the visceral, in-the-moment action in the daily lives of fire fighters, police and call center representatives. While the show creators and cast spent a significant amount of time with real fire fighters and paramedics in preparing for the show, “9-1-1” is not as true-to-life as it could […]

Celebrating One Year of Hope and Healing

March 6, 2018

On March 5, 2017, the IAFF Center of Excellence opened its doors and became the first center of its kind — a place designed by fire fighters, for IAFF fire fighters. By combining the resources of the IAFF with the clinical know-how of Advanced Recovery Systems (ARS), we’ve created a treatment center that provides IAFF […]

Recovery Starts With Honesty

March 5, 2018

“Honesty is the best policy.” “The truth will set you free.” “Honesty is the first chapter of wisdom.” You’re probably familiar with at least one of these idioms, but not everyone abides by them, especially when it comes to seeking treatment for substance abuse and mental health disorders. Fire fighters and paramedics may not get […]


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