Re-institute’s mission is to first and foremost, help our first-responders AKA frontline guardians with once more regaining their fit-for-duty status by assisting them in dealing with a range of issues that plague first responders such as substance use disorders, PTSD, depression, trauma, and more. There are many different methods for helping first responders, the choice of which depends on what their unique circumstances are. Nonetheless, we would like to discuss how important a good family program and foundation is for an individual who is suffering from one of the aforementioned conditions.
How Can a Family Program Help First Responders?
Family programs and family therapy are not limited to those struggling with mental health issues or other sources of internal and external conflict. Rather, due to the close nature of family units it is normal for there to be tensions and misunderstandings on how a member may truly feel or what their intentions are.
One such example of intentions going awry is a family member suffering from a substance use disorder, another member such as a spouse or parent may enable that family member by disregarding the negative outcomes of that person’s addiction. Chalking it up to stress or job related difficulties. Sometimes behaviors that are unhealthy and are symptomatic of greater issues can be covered up or enabled by family members.
A great example of enabling might be in the case of addiction, where this is a common dysfunctional behavior in family or friends of the person struggling. They may choose to help them with responsibilities they are falling short on or lend them money that inevitably may fuel their addiction.
Whichever the case, the intentions are well-meaning, but they ultimately do not produce the intended positive outcome.
Re-Institute’s Family Program
Our family program encourages families to be involved in the treatment process from the very beginning. Having a good support system can make a huge difference in terms of outcomes.
Trauma is one of the major sources of strife for first-responders, and is typically a major occupational hazard for first-responder professions such as law enforcement or medical workers such as EMTs. Mental health issues often arise due to trauma, and soon behavioral health conditions such as addiction can come about. One of the real dangers of trauma and addiction is that these issues do not exclusively affect the individual. Trauma and addiction both affect the individual, the family, and the community at large in some form or another. That is why it is imperative to treat these conditions, not just from a standpoint of regaining one’s fit-for-duty status, but for the wellbeing of that individual, their family, and the health of the community.
Contact Re-Institute today for more information on how we may assist you or a loved one.