Firefighter Mental Health &
Substance Use Treatment

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Firefighters are among the only emergency personnel who directly tend to dangerous natural elements to protect civilians’ health and safety. Coupled with long hours and frequent 24-hour shifts, the results of working in such a high-stakes environment can take a serious toll on firefighters’ mental health, impacting individuals in ways that go far beyond the normal stressors of a job. 

Sadly, traditional mental health services often fail to address the unique challenges firefighters face. That is why we developed the Healing Our Heroes Retreat Behavioral Health treatment program to offer a comprehensive approach to firefighter recovery that considers the job’s realities and ensures individuals get the personalized care they need to maintain their mental and emotional well-being.

Firefighter Mental Health Facts

Up to 37% of Firefighters

meet the criteria for PTSD.

Up to 29% of Firefighters

suffer from alcohol use disorder.

10% of Firefighters

misuse prescription drugs.

8% of Firefighters

have had suicidal thoughts.

If you are a firefighter in need of immediate assistance for suicidal thoughts, please call the Suicide and Crisis Lifeline at 988.

Mental Health in the Fire Service

Why is focusing on mental health in the fire service so important? Because, like other frontline workers, firefighters can experience damaging psychological effects from the trauma they face on the job. This can lead to an increased risk of anxiety, depression, PTSD, suicidality, substance use, and other health complications related to regular exposure to dangerous environments. 

Professional firefighters put their lives on the line in several ways, including the direct dangers of the job and the indirect dangers of constant stress. As many as 5% of firefighters have attempted suicide, and an even higher percentage report hazardous drinking and substance use, poor mental health, and an overall decreased quality of life. 

There is a significant need to address mental health in the fire service, yet many firefighters face an outward or internal stigma about asking for help. By offering dedicated treatment programs, we hope to support firefighter mental health in a way that makes a true difference.

Dedicated support for firefighters struggling with:

  • Grief and Loss
  • Depression and Anxiety
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Trauma
  • Suicidal Thoughts
  • Substance Use Disorder
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Specialized Mental Health Care & Rehab for Firefighters

Retreat Behavioral specialized resources and behavioral health services for firefighters, as well as support services for family members of firefighters, many of whom are directly impacted by the experiences of their loved ones. 

Whether you’re searching for substance use treatment or are looking for help managing other mental health conditions such as PTSD or depression, our expert psychiatrists, therapists and counselors, nurses and medical professionals, and renowned care team are ready to serve you. Compassionate care is available. Together we can get you or your loved one on the path to a brighter and healthier future.

Programs Include:

Our Florida Treatment Centers

Healing Our Heroes Retreat Behavioral Health’s Florida treatment centers are uniquely positioned to provide quality treatment to firefighters in need.

Inpatient Treatment:

Retreat at Palm Beach

Outpatient Treatment:

South Miami Service Center

Orlando Service Center

We offer mental health care and rehab for firefighters in three safe, serene, and private environments, with 24/7 admissions to ensure that help is always available. If you are a firefighter struggling with these issues, or you know a firefighter who is struggling, please contact us now.

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Call (855) 859-8808 for direct assistance