Addiction Treatment Program for First Responders

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Customized Treatment for First Responders

Oxford Treatment Center provides specialized co-occurring disorder treatment designed for first responders living with substance use disorder and other mental health conditions, such as PTSD, anxiety, or depression.

Who We Treat

female police officer standing by squad car with door open

The first responder addiction treatment program at our drug and alcohol rehab in Mississippi is open to first responders struggling with addiction and co-occurring disorders. Our program is designed to meet the needs of:

  • Police officers.
  • EMTs.
  • Firefighters.
  • 911 emergency operators.
  • Emergency room medical personnel.

If you qualify for our program and want to learn how to get started, call us at today. Compassionate admissions navigators are available 24/7.

Our First Responder Rehab Program

Our first responder rehab program empowers first responders to leverage their training, strength, and determination and create a path to lasting sobriety. Oxford Treatment Center offers several different levels of rehab to ensure treatment aligns with where each individual is in their recovery journey.

Inpatient/Residential Treatment Levels

Our Etta, MS, campus houses our inpatient addiction treatment center, which provides the following levels of care:

Outpatient Treatment Offerings

Our outpatient treatment center in Mississippi offers the following programs:

Addiction Treatment Program Topics

Our program combines strength-based therapies and positive psychology to help first responders navigate the complexities of mental health and substance use challenges.

As part of our first responder-focused programming, Oxford offers group therapy sessions specifically focused on the unique challenges faced by first responders. These sessions provide a safe and supportive environment to learn valuable skills, connect with peers, and find healing. Topics covered include:

  • Stress management.
  • Understanding and managing depression and anxiety.
  • Emotional regulation.
  • Anger management.
  • Suicide prevention.
  • How PTSD impacts first responders, substance use, and family dynamics.
  • Grief and loss.
  • Relapse prevention.

At Oxford, our first responder addiction treatment programming provides a place of healing built on trust, understanding, and evidence-based therapies for addiction.

Several types of therapies are employed during addiction treatment, including:

  • Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT).
  • Recreational therapy, such as hiking.
  • Equine-assisted learning (EAL).
  • Art and music therapy.
  • Yoga and mindfulness.
A Typical Day at Oxford*
6:30 am
Wake Up
7:00 am
8:30 am
Psychoeducation & Process Group
10:00 am
Focus Group or Equine Therapy
11:00 am
Recovery Community
12:00 pm
Lunch Break
1:30 pm
Process Group
3:00 pm
Focus Group
5:00 pm
6:00 pm
Group Meeting
7:30 pm
Personal Time
10:00 pm
Lights Out

*Please note: This is an example schedule and daily programming is subject to change. First responders may be integrated into general treatment groups for continuity of treatment when appropriate.

First Responders and Addiction

Three firefighters in gear in front of fire truck

First responders experience events and traumas that most members of the general population do not. Their duties include being the first to respond to disasters and emergencies and helping others during dangerous situations.

The very nature of their occupation puts first responders at a higher risk of various behavioral health conditions, including problematic substance use.1,2

Police Officers

Police work exposes police officers to various stressors on a daily basis. Tasked with protecting and serving the public, their occupation encompasses a wide range of roles, such as being an unbiased peacekeeper and a social worker.

Police officers also bear witness to traumatic and catastrophic events, which can lead to post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Research shows police officers are more likely than the general population to experience substance use disorder and suicide.1,3

Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs)

Emergency medical technicians (EMTs) are expected to respond quickly to high stress situations. The rapid pace of their work leaves them with little time to recover from a traumatic experience before their skills are needed at the next one.1

Many EMTs and other emergency medical services personnel suffer from a multitude of mental health conditions, including depression, suicidal ideation, PTSD, and others.1


The firefighter profession was built on putting oneself in harm’s way to protect others. In addition to fighting fires, the role of a firefighter has expanded to include a range of other first responder responsibilities when disasters or emergencies impact the community.1,4

This high stress and inherently dangerous profession can take a toll on a firefighter’s mental health and result in trauma. Several studies have found the occupation with the highest rates of heavy and binge drinking is that of the firefighters.1,4

First Responder Rehab in Mississippi

Four people riding horses at treatment facility in Mississippi

Specialized treatment, such as the first responder programming at Oxford, can help our heroes learn how to heal from traumatic experiences and find another way forward without substances.

Oxford Treatment Center makes getting admitted to first responder rehab simple. Admissions navigators are available to guide you through the treatment admissions process and answer any questions you may have.

First, we’ll learn more about you, so we better understand your treatment needs. Next, we’ll help verify your insurance benefits and explore payment options with you to find the best way to pay for treatment.

We customize each person’s addiction treatment program to ensure individuals receive the care most appropriate for them. Call now to find out more about Oxford’s first responder addiction treatment program.

Using Insurance to Pay for Treatment

Health insurance coverage for rehab programs involving first responder addiction treatment depends on several factors such as your plan and carrier. Oxford Treatment Center is in-network with many major insurance providers, including:

We offer multiple ways to pay for rehab and can help you find the payment option that meets your needs. Check your coverage now by completing our secure .

Personalized Treatment for First Responders

Highly experienced clinicians work with you to create a custom treatment plan that fits your needs.
  • Evidence-Based Treatment

    Our licensed clinical team employs proven therapies to treat substance use disorder and other mental health conditions.

  • Tranquil, Healing Environment

    Located on over 110 wooded acres, Oxford’s expansive inpatient campus allows you to heal surrounded by the serenity of nature.

  • Compassion and Understanding

    We understand how challenging it can be to ask for help. Our compassionate team can help you care for yourself, so you can continue to help others.

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