What to Expect After Treatment: 8 Strategies for Success

November 20, 2019

For many who pursue residential behavioral health treatment, the toughest part of the recovery journey begins once you leave the facility. Upon returning home, you face the challenge of continuing to prioritize recovery while encountering the same work, family and life demands that were there before treatment.  To continue moving forward, consider these critical components […]

Preparing to Return Home

November 18, 2019

Since the 2017 opening of the IAFF of Excellence for Behavioral Health Treatment and Recovery, more than 1,000 IAFF members have sought treatment to restore their life, career, marriage or future. While separated from the daily stressors of life back home, individuals in residential treatment often gain a new perspective on their problems and can […]

Coping With Trauma and Loss: The Role of Peer Support

November 15, 2019

Unfortunately, encountering loss is part of the job for a fire fighter. Whether it’s the loss of a child, a stranger or a crew member, fire fighters can experience multiple tragedies in a relatively short period. Repeated exposure to aversive details of traumatic events can cause post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Because fire fighters often have […]

Coming to Terms With Cumulative Trauma

November 12, 2019

In recent years, awareness of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) has increased dramatically within the fire service. Unfortunately, understanding the effects of repeated exposure to trauma (RET) — as opposed to the impact of isolated traumatic events characteristic of traditional PTSD diagnoses — has lagged. Because many fire fighters experience multiple traumatic events throughout the course […]

Processing Traumatic Events

November 8, 2019

At the end of a call, what fire fighters experience on the job can stick with them long after their shift ends. As a fire fighter, you may encounter a potentially traumatic event (PTE) more than once during your career. A potentially traumatic event is any event that threatens injury, violence or the loss of […]


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