Substance Abuse Prevention Training
First Responders’ workplaces are, by their nature, highly stressful. Traumatic events, typically unexpected and sudden, fall well beyond the bounds of normal experience; hence they can have profound physical, emotional and psychological impacts – even for the best trained, experienced and seasoned First Responders. First Responders must cope with these stressors. The culture of the First Responder workplace often encourages alcohol use as a coping mechanism. Research has demonstrated that almost 25% of First Responder’s have become alcohol dependent due to occupational stress. But many researchers believe this is far lower than the true figure of responders who are substance users and abusers.
Livengrin’s FRAT program has partnered with the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency to deliver substance abuse prevention training and outreach to first responders. Over the past five years, through the PCCD grant we have provided training to over 20,000 first responders.
This course provides law enforcement and corrections, firefighters, emergency medical technicians, and other first responder personnel with education on the FR culture and stressors which lead to substance abuse, warning signs, impact on families, workplace behavioral health. Finally, information regarding help and treatment for substance abuse is presented.