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Outpatient addiction treatment program for first responders and military service members

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RESCU, a confidential outpatient addiction recovery program for first responders and military members

RCA Raritan Bay offers an Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) to continue to treat the specific needs of our first responders and military service members after inpatient treatment. IOP consists of group therapy three times per week and individual counseling weekly to provide the support needed to get back to work and live the life you deserve, while surrounded by your peers. 

RESCU IOP is on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays 9:30am-12:30pm 

We can also offer flexible scheduling to accommodate varied work schedules!

Services can be provided in-person, via telehealth, or in a hybrid model. 

RESCU locations

New Jersey: Raritan Bay

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Through RESCU, you will be treated with proven treatment approaches that have already helped countless others gain freedom from addiction and live their best life.

  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
    Get reconnected with the values and aspirations at your core and take a stand for yourself by staking your own claim on recovery.
  • Narrative Therapy
    Your RCA team will work with you to identify and inventory potential pitfalls to your recovery and help you address them. By identifying specific issues – and not you– as the problem, you can apply solutions more easily. A basic tenet of Narrative Therapy is “the person is not the problem, the problem is the problem.”
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
    You will learn to find and change mistaken ways of thinking that support behaviors with negative consequences and reinforce negative emotions and beliefs, thereby improving your emotional fitness and overall well-being.
  • Opportunities to help others through community involvement
  • Connections and sober events with those you met in treatment through the RCA Alumni Association
  • Family involvement and support

Get the customized help you need with RESCU

The RESCU curriculum is designed to help you free yourself from addiction, rebuild trust and regain your confidence. It’s a tailored and tested approach to addiction treatment for first responders that works.

Examples of core curriculum include:

First responder group therapy

While in the RESCU program you will join group therapy sessions exclusive to law enforcement, firefighters, correctional officers, emergency medical personnel, and military members. Groups with other first responders will allow you to discuss issues relating to your profession and addiction more freely, as well as gain valuable feedback. Your group will be facilitated by a licensed clinician trained in both addiction treatment and the special issues involved with first responder professions.

First responder clinical psychoeducation

You will learn how to address the unique cultural challenges and workplace pressures you may face in your profession. Run by credentialed clinicians with years of experience working with first responders, this course is designed to effectively remove work-related psychological barriers to achieving recovery from addiction and maximize the power of the first responder culture of camaraderie.

Return to work strategies

We will help you address the anxiety related to returning to duty after treatment, as well as guide you on how to rebuild trust and work relationships. You will leave treatment with efficient tools to make a successful return to work. If you need to facilitate communications with your job, your union representatives, command staff and/or employee assistance program, we will help. However, if you do not want workplace involvement, that decision will be honored without question.

Trauma treatment

Most first responders are exposed to traumatic events and images during their careers. PTSD is common. Addressing trauma and its impact on addiction to drugs and alcohol is a critical facet of the RESCU curriculum. We will help you resolve your trauma so you can overcome your addiction.

S.M.A.R.T. Recovery

SMART or Self-Management and Recovery Training is science-based and constantly updated to incorporate the most accurate, cutting-edge addiction treatment research. Through SMART recovery you will focus on identifying and changing unwanted behaviors through Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT).

Support for first responder families

Recovery Centers of America offers family services and programming specifically tailored to support the families of our first responders and military members and who are impacted by the disease of addiction.

First responder only 12-step meetings

Meetings are hosted virtually on Wednesdays at 19:30. These are CLOSED meetings only for law enforcement, firefighters, corrections, emergency medical personnel and military. If you are a member of the first responder community and would like an invitation to join the meeting, please email [email protected].

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