RCA’s First Responders Program helps those who help others
Authored by Ken Redmile
First responders spend their careers helping others, but what happens when they themselves need help? That is the question — and the answer — behind a program at Recovery Centers of America in Westminster, developed and run by Anthony Jones, to exclusively help first responders who are struggling with substance use disorder.
“There’s a stigma attached to addiction, and there’s an added stigma attached to people in uniform,” Jones said. “A person is a person; it just happens to be in uniform.”
RCA’s First Responders Program aims to help eliminate that stigma by providing specialty and private groups and individualized treatment specifically for those who wear or have worn a uniform — in law enforcement, fire, dispatch and EMS, as well for as military veterans.
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