What Prevents You From Getting Help?

Author: IAFF Staff

February 14, 2018

Fire fighters and paramedics are used to helping people, but what happens when the fire fighter is the one who needs help because they’re struggling with post-traumatic stress, suffering from substance abuse or other behavioral health issue? For many fire fighters/paramedics, seeking and receiving help — or even admitting they need help — isn’t easy.

Have you been drinking more often? Has your family has been nudging you to cut back? Maybe you’ve been having flashbacks or nightmares, but have convinced yourself that they’re no big deal. You tell yourself and others that you’re fine, but is that the truth? The things we tell ourselves and others can stand in the way of treatment. What are you telling yourself that’s stopping you from getting help?
  1. I Don’t Have a Problem

    Many people with a substance use or mental health disorder say they don’t need help. Denial is one of the most common reasons for not seeking treatment because it’s hard to admit that you need help. You might think drinking a little more than you used to isn’t a reason for concern, but there are other factors to consider. Are your behavioral health issues affecting your finances or relationships? You may consider seeking professional help as a sign of weakness, but it’s actually the opposite. Admitting you need help, and seeking it out, is a sign of strength
  2. I Can Handle It Myself

    So maybe you’ve admitted to yourself that you have a problem, but you’re convinced you can solve it alone — without professional help — or that it will go away on its own. While it’s possible overcome your issues without treatment, but in most cases, doing so is very dangerous. If you’re addicted, one of the safest ways to begin recovery from substance abuse is at a professional treatment facility, such as the IAFF Center of Excellence, that offers medical detox.
  3. I’m Alone

    Maybe you’re past the point of denial and one step closer to treatment. You genuinely want to seek professional help, and are ready for it, but you’re hesitating because you think no one else can relate. You think no one understands what you’re going through. The truth is, thousands of fire fighters suffer from mental illnesses and substance use disorders every year. The IAFF Center was designed with fire fighters in mind, and offers treatment exclusively to IAFF members. More than 200 members received treatment in 2017, and many probably told themselves these same things before reaching out for help, so you’re certainly not alone in your struggle.

    Help is not a mirage. It’s not fantasy or fiction. It’s real and tangible, and you can get it sooner than you think. Call The IAFF Center of Excellence today to speak with someone about your struggles, and be one step closer to the truth: Your life can be better.

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