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Substance Abuse Treatment Program for First Responders is Launched

Substance Abuse Treatment Program for First Responders is Launched

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A substance abuse treatment program that is specifically designing and targeting for first responders. It launched at a recovery center last week.

Announcing on Monday, the Recovering Emergency Service Community United (RESCU) program is at the Recovery Centers of America (RCA) Indianapolis. Already there is two patient that has enrolled. It is the first substance abuse recovery program in Indiana. Again, it is specifically tailoring toward first responders. Regarding COVID-19, there are a lot of challenges and pressures to help the public. That is if they do become sick with “severe flu.” What is strange many hospitals and ERs were allegedly reporting them as empty. This is not intending to minimize the seriousness of the severe flu. Yet this could be a gross exaggeration of this “pandemic.”

Variety of Services Offered by the RESCU program

A variety of services includes psychiatric services, medication-based detoxification, and individual and family counseling. This is according to RCA, and is also through the RESCU program.

Anonymity is Key

Anonymity is key to the program, according to RCA CEO Stephanie Anderson. She thinks it is important for first responder patients. They will be isolated to the third floor of the building where the other patients will not interact with them personally.

Physical Boundaries and Distance is Important

“If you have someone sitting in treatment next to another person you have arrested or someone you have resuscitated, you don’t want the first responder to sit next to them,” Anderson said.

At present, there are 12 beds on the third floor for the first responders. But, in fact, the center may expand to more than 50 openings in the foreseeable future. That depends on the demand, Anderson said. To date, there are two first responders that have started the detoxification process at the center, Anderson said.

Police Department Lieutenant Serves as a Therapist for the Program

Tom Black is Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department Lieutenant. He is a founding member of the department’s Police Officer Support Team. Black has more than 30 years of experience counseling other fellow officers. He also serves as one of the lead therapists for this program. Black feels the designated recovery program is long overdue in Indiana.

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