We tend to think of substance abuse as a problem that plagues only the most vulnerable in our society. It is a sad fact, however, that addiction can affect anyone. It crosses economic classes, ethnicities, genders, and age groups with such frequency that it is next to impossible to make general statements about who does and who doesn’t become addicted.
Among the most tragic cases are medical professionals who succumb to addiction despite — or indeed because of — the nature of their work. First responders are a particularly vulnerable group when it comes to substance abuse problems. For this reason, at Addiction Recovery Institute of America, we have developed a first responder addiction treatment program that targets these brave individuals directly.