First Responders PTSD Treatment Program in Henryville, PA

Our First Responders Program is specifically designed to treat the unique needs of those who have experienced traumatic events as a result of protecting or saving others.

Program Overview

First Responders PTSD Treatment Program Overview

When a first responder is in a dangerous situation, it’s normal to feel fear and for your body to go into a fight or flight response. This can happen even if you are just anticipating an upcoming danger. Once the threat is gone your body returns to normal. However, after a potentially life-threatening event, this normal fight or flight response may be altered. The stressor is generally outside the range of normal human experience such as combat, natural disasters, crashes or the loss of a colleague or loved one among other types of trauma. People with Post Traumatic Stress experiences can continue to feel as if they are in danger long after the “danger” has passed. At Pocono Mountain Recovery Center in Henryville, PA, we have a team of counselors with the knowledge and expertise to assist our clients in gaining control of these stressors. We offer an individualized treatment program that addresses our client’s needs in order to help the trauma that is haunting them.

Days 1-2: Intake/Admission

Full Clinical Evaluation – Primary Counselor / First Responder Therapist
Assessment of:

  • Substance Abuse History
  • Treatment History
  • Legal History
  • Functional Impairment
  • Co-occurring Issues
  • Collateral Information via Family Contact

Full Medical Evaluation 
*If Medical Stabilization is required, psychological and psychiatric evaluation will be postponed until First Responder is stable – This will allow for proper evaluation of co-occurring issues*
Assessment of:

  • Necessity for Medical Stabilization
  • Pre-Existing Medical Condition
  • Identification of Any New Medical Conditions
  • Development of Treatment Plan for Medical Conditions

Days 3-5 : Full Psychological Evaluation

(Timing dependent upon necessity for Medical Stabilization. Under licensed P.A. Psychologist.)
Identification of Any Co-occurring Issues

  • PTSD
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Grief / Loss
  • Anger Issues
  • Codependency

Consultation with Program Psychiatrist

  • Identify if there’s a need for Psychiatric Medication Management

Development of Treatment Plan – Clinical Director, Primary Counselor, Psychologist and Psychiatrist

  • Based upon clinical, medical, psychological and psychiatric findings, treatment plan,
    specialty tracks and groups will be individualized to meet specific needs

Weeks 1-4 : Throughout Duration of the Treatment Program

Sample Specialty Therapies for First Responders/Veterans
*Specialty therapies used to address co-occurring issues will be integrated with an
individualized substance abuse treatment plan*
*Contact with pre-existing therapists/physicians/support figures will be coordinated and maintained through the duration of our program*

Group Therapy 
CBT Groups:

  • Explore thoughts, feelings emotions related to addiction, family situation, possible trauma, grief/loss issues
  • Explore feelings of self-blame, guilt and mistrust
  • Development of coping and management skills related to traumatic/intrusive memories,
    thoughts and feelings
  • Access and address level of functional impairment caused by Post Traumatic Stress
    producing experience
  • Skills for managing anxiety and depression

Individual Therapy

  • Individual Sessions – 1-2 Weekly – Primary Counselor

Educational Groups and Lectures

Vocational/Environmental Assessment

Family/Loved Ones Sessions

  • 1 Weekly (In-Person or Telephonic)

Halfway Through the Treatment Program

Begin Coordination of Aftercare

  • Assessment of First Responder’s Goals for Maintenance of Recovery
  • Assessment of Housing Living Situation
  • Identification of Treatment Options in Home Area
  • Return to Work Planning
  • Psychiatric/Psychological Follow-Up Appointments ( if applicable)
  • Veteran’s Affairs (if applicable)

Discharge/Aftercare

Aftercare Plan Finalization
Establishment of:

  • Individualized Aftercare Plan
  • Strong Support System (Family, Loved Ones and Alumni)
  • Steady Reintegration in to Society
  • On Going Contact and Support of PMRC Family

Additional Program Features

Additional features that are included in the first responders PTSD treatment program are:

  • Fitness and Recreational Electives
  • Balanced, Nutritious Meals
  • Outside Trips for Development of Life Skills
  • Healing, Compassionate, and Loving Environment