Substance Abuse Treatment for Police, Fire and EMS

Substance Abuse Treatment for First Responders: Police, Fire and EMS

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a common problem that police officers face, and the drug and alcohol rehabilitation centers help members of law enforcement who are struggling with addiction provide counseling to treat a person with PTSD. This particular mental-health problem is a direct cause why some law enforcement members end up turning to drugs and alcohol as a method of coping with these problems. A dual diagnosis program for law enforcement personnel is an effective solution to help people within these problems.

California Palms Drug, Alcohol and PTSD treatment to Police, Fire and EMS

It may have started as a few social drinks with friends, maybe it was what eased the stress of the day or made life’s problems seem okay. But now it is effecting your everyday life. It may seem impossible to go back, to fix the damage that has been done to your life and your loved ones. California Palms understand your dilemma, we help people in the same circumstances every day. You’re not alone and we can help.

Finding the help you need to recuperate is difficult. You may feel like you’re standing at the bottom of a mountain wondering how you’ll make it to the top. Most people can’t do it alone, that’s why California Palms is such a successful resource to help you on your journey. We provide individualized placement based on your circumstances and background. We take the time to get to know you and make specialized arrangements to help you make it to the top.

Alcoholism is an endless abuse that evolves into a lifestyle. Addiction is developed when a person feels that alcohol will improve their functions of certain tasks. Finding it difficult to relax or have a good time without alcohol is a key identifier of alcoholism. At one end of the spectrum you have people that are mildly dependent, those are the people that can’t conceive of a Friday night without having enough drinks to get a little tipsy. At the other end, you have people where alcohol is more important than their jobs, their families, than pretty much anything including being alive. The frequency of consumption builds tolerance and the brain requires more alcohol to get the same effect. Part of this dependence is because the wiring of the brain changes with frequent consumption of alcohol. This change makes you less able to drink in a controlled way.

No matter where you find yourself on the spectrum, chances are, you’re reading this because alcohol has affected the life of you or a loved one. At California Palms we are experts in all cases of alcohol addiction and can personalize arrangements that fit your needs.

Alcoholism is caused by many different factors and while symptoms of the disorder may be similar, there are many reasons why a person can slip into alcoholism. Sometimes they are trying to treat an underlying disorder such as bipolar disorder or depression. Other people use alcohol to forget past trauma or because more effective coping mechanisms haven’t been taught. Whatever the cause, California Palms is ready to help you help yourself. Our specially-trained therapists have spent years helping people get sober and stay sober. Alcoholism is a highly complex disorder and uncovering the reason for abuse is extremely hard without a properly trained professional. We are here to help you uncover those reasons. We will provide the resources you need and the support that you want during your stay with us. We are committed to providing the best resources and treatment to help you heal and grow.

Residential Drug Rehab for Veterans
Inpatient Treatment at California Palms

Not all treatment centers are the same and our intake staff work as your personal specialist to make the most comfortable arrangements for you. We take the time to learn what kind of atmosphere you would like from your inpatient care and place you in the best suited center. You will always have a staff member to turn to when you’re feeling alone or vulnerable.

At California Palms we provide you with a full spectrum of treatment options to best fit your needs. We will spend as much time as needed getting to know you as a person in order to fully understand how we can help you heal.

Our team of professionals use the most comprehensive and up-to-date care available using scientifically proven treatments. Our goal is to find you a treatment plan that works and get you back to a successful life as a productive, happy and sober person.

We use a number of treatment types to free you from drug or alcohol dependency. Soon after admission, each patient connects with a treatment team who collaboratively work with each veteran to develop a strong, customized treatment plan. We offer a number of options for treating substance use and mental health issues. These options include therapy, either alone with the therapist or in a group, wellness groups, education lectures and family engagement, as well as mind-body physical fitness and other therapy and wellness classes that teach patient how to live full lives and make healthy choices after they leave the facility.

The treatment plan places the patient in the least intensive treatment environment, appropriate to their therapeutic needs. Variable lengths of duration of treatment are provided within a variety of treatment settings. A patient can expect to find various treatment options ranging from outpatient to full residential facilities divided into five levels of care:

(1). Medically Managed Detoxification
(2). Residential/Inpatient Care
(3). Intensive Outpatient Treatment
(4). Outpatient Treatment
(5). Aftercare and Relapse Prevention

The Palms 24-hour treatment setting provides a continuum of services capable of meeting the needs of individual under various levels of care. We transition the levels of care throughout treatment in response to changing clinical needs and treatment goals.

As individuals move throughout the continuum in their recovery they transition to levels of care of greater or lesser intensity, depending on the veterans clinical needs and treatment goals and based on the current DSM criteria and ASAM Patient Placement Criteria. An individual may begin with inpatient treatment only to find that a less intensive level of care, such as intensive outpatient treatment, is more appropriate. Decisions as to which services are provided and how intense they are will be based on the patient's needs and desires.


Travel to and from our location in Northeast Ohio is covered by various sources. If you or a loved one is seeking substance abuse or mental health therapy, contact California Palms at 330-935-2663.  We accept various forms of insurance including: Veterans ChoiceTRICARE, Aetna, Blue Cross & Blue Shield, Cigna, Humana, and Medical Mutual. We may also provide full or partial scholarships for free care on a case by case basis.

(330) 935-2663