Substance Abuse Prevention for First Responders
First Responder Addiction Treatment / Livengrin Foundation
Total Time: 3 Hours
Goals: The First Responder will benefit from an integrated awareness-prevention training program promoting behavioral health and wellness throughout the first responder’s career. The program will target substance abuse prevention and education for law enforcement, fire personnel, and EMT’s on alcohol abuse, problem drinking, pain medication abuse, critical incident stress, and the Drug-Free Workplace Policy.
Location: We will schedule around specific departmental needs. We will travel to your department with all necessary materials and logistics.
Pre-requisites: No Pre-requisites
Target Audience: Statewide Pennsylvania First Responders
Method of Instruction/Training Aids: PowerPoint, Video, Facilitation, Discussion, and Handouts
Learning Objectives: The participant will be able to:
1. The attendee will be presented with an overview of the program, and the
importance of the substance abuse issues in today’s society and the critical demand for their ethical and professional behavior while on or off duty; as well as the needs to address the disease of addiction.
2. The attendee will observe through a video presentation by former First Responders (including retired and current law enforcement officers / firefighter personnel), the serious ramifications of an off duty car accident involving the death of the other vehicle’s driver, while under the influence. He was convicted of vehicular manslaughter and served 5 years and 11 months in State Prison.
3. The attendee will understand the first responder culture and its impact on character, and it’s perspectives on workplace and personal behaviors.
4. The attendee will define “stress” as it relates to internal and external sources. First Responder training and duty has a relative impact on one’s personality and communication styles, the attendee will learn the effects of such processes.
5. The attendee will identify learned negative behaviors from stress and its relationship with alcohol and pain med abuse.
6. The attendee will be provided with information of the effects of law enforcement work stresses on the family.
7. Health and Wellness are important integrations in responding to the body’s response to stress, the attendee will be educated on the physical and nutritional values in stress reduction.
8. The attendee will be provided with information on alcohol abuse, alcoholism, pain medication, opiate abuse and the criteria for disease model.
9. The attendee will understand the differences between moderate and problem drinking, responsible use, and alcohol abuse.
10. The attendee will define the disease of alcoholism and strategies to lowering risk.
11. The attendee will learn the effects of critical incidents and PTSD; organizational commitment to intervention and support.
12. The attendee will be provided with information of the Peer Counseling services and the value of informal resolution, the various avenues of assistance and additional resources will be explained.
13. The attendee will observe through a video presentation of a firefighter’s family speaking on their son’s suicide and actions and behaviors that lead to the tragedy.
If you are interested in attending this class, please email or call below.
Dennis Hallion, Retired – New Jersey State Police, Grant Manager [Substance Abuse Education & Demand Reduction Fund]
4833 Hulmeville Road
Bensalem, PA 19020