REHAB FOR PARAMEDICS
By definition, paramedics are surrounded by trauma. They see catastrophic injuries, emotional situations and death on a regular basis. As the first providers of medical care in many situations, they are also subject to a tremendous amount of pressure to do their job right, as they are quite literally making life and death decisions. Many paramedics struggle with “survivor’s guilt” as a result of this pressure and stress.
While many paramedics “desensitize” themselves and develop their own coping mechanisms, the stress and trauma exposure can simply build up over time. Substance abuse issues – along with mental health disorders – are easily developed in this high pressure career. In addition, the paramedic community has relatively easier access to prescription medications, which can lead to addiction. These problems can compound, increasing the need for specific rehab for paramedics.