Making the choice to get help for a substance use disorder is rarely easy, but it’s always worth it. If you or a loved one is struggling with addiction, the IAFF Center of Excellence has the clinical know-how, professional support and evidence-based treatments fire fighters and paramedics need to begin the lifelong process of recovery.
Our integrated approach to treatment combines pharmaceutical, cognitive behavioral, group, and holistic therapies to heal the mind and body while building a lifelong network of support. We offer several levels of care based on each member’s needs, including clinically managed detox, inpatient residential, partial hospitalization, intensive outpatient and aftercare planning.
Clinically Managed Detox
While some may not need to undergo this level of care, clinically managed detox is vital for others, especially in cases involving opioid, hypnotic, stimulant or sedative addiction. Medical professionals at the IAFF Center of Excellence help manage discomfort and provide 24/7 support during this initial stage of recovery.
Clients in residential care live at the IAFF Center of Excellence while participating in treatment during the day. During this stage of rehab, members begin taking classes, participating in individualized and group therapy sessions, and learning the coping skills needed to commit to sobriety.
After completing the residential level of treatment, members may be transferred to a partial hospitalization program. This phase of treatment offers a balance between the around-the-clock care of inpatient hospitalization and the greater freedom of intensive outpatient programming. Members will continue to participate in daily group therapy and weekly individual and family sessions, in addition to healing activities like yoga, sports and journaling.
During this level of care, clients may choose to live at the IAFF Center of Excellence or in transitional housing. Counselors will work closely with members to help devise a comprehensive aftercare plan that prepares them for life after the IAFF Center of Excellence. Group therapy continues several times a week, along with individual and family sessions.
Support in your sobriety doesn’t stop after you leave the IAFF Center of Excellence. Each member graduates with a detailed aftercare plan that helps keep them focused on lifelong sobriety. This plan may include:
- Outpatient or intensive outpatient substance abuse treatment
- Individual counseling or psychotherapy
- Pharmaceutical management
- Local 12-Step, Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), Narcotics Anonymous (NA), or SMART Recovery support group meetings
- Access to an alumni mentoring program
- Planning and support for returning to work
- Check-in calls with Center of Excellence staff (if desired)