One of the most challenging aspects of being addicted to drugs or alcohol is feeling that there is no one to provide support or guide recovery efforts. As such, one of the most important aspects of raising recovery awareness is celebrating the many individuals—from doctors to therapists—who offer hope to those lost in the grip of substance abuse.
While National Emergency Medical Services Week has passed, the assistance these professionals provide to save lives and encourage health is something to be appreciated all year long. As part of the addiction recovery community, Chapters Capistrano would like to extend gratitude to the major role EMS professionals have provided in helping many recognize addiction troubles and be motivated to seek help.
Recognizing How EMS Professionals Help In Addiction Recovery
Addiction recovery approaches would not be as successful if it were not for the strong support networks they build to help individuals reach a point of sobriety. Right after family and friends, EMS professionals can often be the first individuals to help a person start the recovery journey.
- EMS Professionals Save Lives
Whether having participated in binge-drinking or overdosed on drugs, excessive substance abuse can lead to serious medical problems in a short amount of time. For instance, individuals who overdose may experience heart or lung complications, leading to shortness of breath or heart attack. Others may experience confusion, coma and vomiting.
In many of these medical emergencies, emergency personnel will be dispatched, giving EMS professionals an opportunity to prevent fatal overdose from occurring. Their specialized knowledge and ability to respond calmly allow many to recover from an overdose—a situation that can often encourage many to reach out for drug or alcohol detox and rehabilitation.
EMS professionals also are able to identify when medical emergencies are drug-related and will be able to make the correct response to save an individual’s life. This important position in the drug recovery process is so recognized that many legislators are working to permit first responders access to heroin overdose kits for victims—a resource that could save many lives.
- EMS Professionals Raise Awareness
Although EMS responders are trained in life-saving procedures and are able to stay calm in heightened medical situations, these professionals still recognize the horrors that addiction and overdose can present. Marveling in the occurrence that an individual can be saved from a life-threatening overdose, many EMS professionals remain active in raising awareness about addiction and the health problems it can cause.
The outreach these professionals partake in does a lot to help prevent addiction—particularly in youth—as well as encourage individuals to seek recovery.
Another reason to celebrate EMS professionals in addiction recovery progress is that these individuals are not just saving lives; they are putting their own lives on the line. From having to take control in dangerous situations to quick-thinking in fast ambulance rides, these individuals are willing to put their lives at risk to protect the lives of others.
While EMS professionals work to save lives at the height of health dangers, they are also adamant about encouraging prevention efforts. As such, you can show your support of Emergency Medical Services by helping yourself or a loved one seek addiction recovery.
Chapters Capistrano offers medically-assisted detox on site and flexible treatment options, continuing the work that many professionals put forth to save lives from addiction. If you are ready to protect your life or another’s from the dangers of substance abuse, contact our team at 949-371-4198.