First Responders in Recovery: Firefighters


Among first responders, firefighters endure specific types of catastrophes unique to their field. The possible lack of control and unpredictable nature of the job proves to be occupational risks that create stress for these emergency responders. If stress and trauma are left untreated, firefighter dependence on drugs and alcohol may increase. On-the-Job Trauma The types of work conditions for firefighters entail exposure to dangerous, emotionally draining, and physically-demanding situations. Based on a 2011 study on “Sleep Problems, Depression, Substance Use, Social Bonding, and Quality of Life in Professional Firefighters” published in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, firefighters reported numerous [...]