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September 28, 2017
As fire fighters and first responders, IAFF members face a unique set of challenges and rewards. The job can be immeasurably fulfilling and life-changing. But it can also be stressful and difficult. IAFF members experience hardships that others can’t even imagine, resulting in physical and mental struggles like post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), addiction and other co-occurring disorders. Instead of being feared or stigmatized, injuries like PTSD and hardships like addiction should be discussed, understood and treated.
That’s why the IAFF Center of Excellence for Behavioral Health Treatment and Recovery was designed specifically with fire fighters and first responders in mind. With programs and facilities tailored to IAFF members, those struggling with mental health or addiction can focus on healing while maintaining a connection to their career and home.
The IAFF Center of Excellence is a welcoming campus consisting of seven different buildings across 15 acres in Upper Marlboro, Maryland. The center is reminiscent of a firehouse community, with designated areas for therapy, meals and living. A welcome center, separate kitchen, and medical facility are joined by three station houses designed to mirror familiar spaces. Each building serves as a unique piece of the cohesive campus and treatment programs.
At the IAFF Center of Excellence, you’ll find familiar touches throughout that will help you transition from treatment to home and work life. The center and its programs work to ensure that you can return to a rewarding career and the family and friends you love.
Because every IAFF member is unique, the Center of Excellence tailors programs to each individual patient. Whether you are struggling with drugs or alcohol, suffering from PTSD, or working through a co-occurring disorder, there is a treatment program for you or someone you love.
The IAFF Center of Excellence for Behavioral Health Treatment and Recovery aims to serve those who serve others as fire fighters and first responders. As a resource for those struggling with addiction, mental health and co-occurring disorders, the center is dedicated to helping IAFF members find long-term recovery and healing. With a state-of-the-art facility constructed to create a familiar environment to personalized therapy and support groups, the IAFF Center of Excellence is a national resource for fire fighters and first responders seeking treatment.
If you or someone you know is battling addiction or struggling with PTSD or other behavioral and mental health issues, call the IAFF Center of Excellence. An understanding representative is available to offer the advice, help and service you need. This free call comes with no commitment and no punitive action for fire fighters or anyone who calls on their behalf, so you can reach out with confidence in confidentiality.
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