Treatment Program for First Responders


Many first responders have problems with use of alcohol, tobacco, or drugs. This can include use of street drugs as well as using prescription medications in ways they weren’t prescribed. Shame, stigma, fear of loss of rank and career leave first responders attempting to manage their addictions on their own. Such substance use can harm health, cause mood and behavior problems, hurt social relationships, and cause financial problems. Many people find it difficult to cut down or stop using substances on their own. Effective treatments for substance use problems are available for first responders at The Retreat At Zion. Available treatments address all types of problems related to substance use, from unhealthy use of alcohol to life-threatening addictions.


The Retreat At Zion offers proven services for all eligible first responders, no matter where 

they are from. In many cases substance use problems are continuing conditions that require care over a long period of time. For others, the substance use problems may be resolved more quickly with attention paid to related problems. Such related problems could be post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression, pain, disturbed sleep, irritability, and/or relationship problems.



The Retreat At Zion offers a number of options for those first responders seeking treatment for substance use problems. These options include therapy, either alone with the therapist or in a group, Hyperbaric, Theta, and LED Light Therapy. Our First Responders program involves one or more of the following:

  • increasing and making clearer the first responders motivation for change

  • helping first responders improve their skills for spotting and dealing with triggers and relapse risks

  • counseling couples together on how to recover from substance abuse and how to improve relationships

  • getting outside support for recovery, including programs like Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and Narcotics Anonymous (NA)

  • looking at how substance use problems may relate to other problems such as PTSD, anxiety, and depression.

  • Family counseling and support.

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its services and programs to individuals with disabilities as mandated by the ADA.