Substance Abuse Treatment for Corrections Officers

Substance Abuse Treatment For Corrections Officers

Corrections officers are on the frontlines of prisons and jails, risking their lives and wellbeing to protect the public’s safety. Often, they’re overworked, underpaid, and underappreciated. Studies have revealed that corrections officers suffer from higher rates of substance abuse, post-traumatic stress disorder, divorce, and suicide than other public safety professionals. Despite these issues, there are few resources for corrections officers to turn to but that is starting to change.

If you or someone you love is addicted to drugs or alcohol, we can help. We’re a substance abuse treatment center that understands the challenges that corrections officers and other high-risk professions face. See how Rally Point can help you get the right treatment for your needs.

Why It’s Important To Treat Co-Occurring Disorders

Corrections officers face long hours behind bars, witnessing the worst of humanity and human depravity which takes a toll physically and emotionally. According to a study by Wayne State University, the risk of suicide is 39 percent higher for corrections officers than in all other professions combined. Other studies have also found reduced life expectancy, which is linked to stress-related conditions such as high blood pressure, heart attacks, and ulcers.

Often, corrections officers will turn to alcohol or drugs to cope but it ends up exacerbating the situation. It’s important to not only treat the addiction but the underlying issues. A ‘co-occuring disorder’ is when someone has a substance use disorder as well as a mental health disorder such as depression, anxiety, or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). A person can be described as having co-occurring disorders when at least one disorder of each type can be established independent of the other and is not simply a cluster of symptoms resulting from another disorder.

It’s essential to find an alcohol and drug rehab center that not only understands co-occurring disorders but is also experienced in treating them.  

Trauma-Informed Care and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Our staff is trained in trauma-informed care (TIC) which is an organizational structure and treatment framework that involves understanding, recognizing, and responding to the effects of all types of trauma. TIC also emphasizes physical, psychological, and emotional safety for both clients and behavioral health providers, and helps clients rebuild a sense of control and empowerment.

We also use cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) to co-treat drug addiction, alcoholism, PTSD, depression, anxiety, etc. CBT focuses on the relationship among thoughts, feelings, and behaviors; targets current problems and symptoms; and focuses on changing patterns of behaviors, thoughts, and feelings that lead to difficulties in functioning. Altering unhelpful thinking can lead to healthier behaviors and improved emotion regulation.

For example, a counselor who uses CBT may encourage the client to re-evaluate his thinking patterns and assumptions in order to identify unhelpful patterns (often termed “distortions”) in thoughts – overgeneralizing bad outcomes, negative thinking that diminishes positive thinking, and always expecting catastrophic outcomes – to more balanced and effective thinking patterns. Doing these things can help the client reconceptualize his understanding of traumatic experiences, as well as his understanding of himself and his ability to cope.

Benefits Of Traveling To South Florida For Addiction Treatment

Stepping out of your comfort zone is scary but there’s evidence that shows that clients are more likely to succeed when they’re away from home. Benefits of going out-of-state for addiction treatment include:

  • Free from distractions
  • Personalized attention
  • More privacy
  • Less likely to give up
  • Higher success rates
  • More specialized services

Getting alcohol and drug treatment in a place like South Florida gives you the opportunity to start over in a new environment away from the things, people, and places that can trigger a relapse. South Florida is different from most of the country because we can provide a multitude of therapeutic activities that incorporate nature. For example, we offer unique services like adventure therapy, group outdoor activities, yoga/meditation, art therapy, and on-site fishing thanks to our year-round warm weather. Even though you’ll be away from home, our facilities will make your stay comfortable with their full kitchen, air-conditioning, washer & dryer, flat screen HDTVs, swimming pool, basketball court, therapy dog, and more.

Asking for help is tough for anyone, but as a corrections officer, you’re used to difficult situations on a daily basis. Don’t suffer in silence anymore – let us help you overcome your addiction and start a new chapter of your life. Contact us today at 888-797-2559 or info@rallypointpb.com.

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