For first responders, job-related stress and strain can be off the charts. Police, fire and EMS personnel often see and experience events that most people cannot imagine. Repeatedly encountering dangerous situations can lead to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), depression and eventually, in some cases, addictive behaviors and suicide.
To meet the exceptional needs of our first responders, AdCare Boston Outpatient unveiled their Boston First Responders Program at a Meet and Greet January 30 at their new location on 50 Congress Street, Suite 430.  "First responders require a different level of treatment because they are exposed to dangerous and even deadly situations in the line of duty," said Jackie Dias, MA, LMHC, director.
The Boston First Responders Program offers specialized addiction treatment for first responder professionals such as law enforcement, firefighters, military, veterans, and EMT's. "The confidential, intensive outpatient program for first responders is the first of its kind in Boston and surrounding towns," said Ms. Dias. The program allows uniformed professionals to speak about the intentional dangers that they face in the line of duty. It also treats not only the addiction but also the underlying issues that are often associated with such high-demand professions, namely stress, anxiety, depression, and PTSD.
Higher Rates of Depression, PTSD and Suicide among First Responders

First responders face an increased risk of experiencing mental health and substance use disorders. According to SAMHSA’s May 2018 First Responders: Behavioral Health Concerns Bulletin, a n estimated 30 percent of first responders develop behavioral health conditions such as depression and PTSD as compared with 20 percent in the general population (Abbot et al. 2015)  In a study about suicidality, firefighters were reported to have higher attempt and ideation rates than the general population (Stanley et al., 2016). In law enforcement, the estimates suggest between 125 and 300 police officers commit suicide every year (Badge of Life, 2016).  CLICK HERE TO READ MORE.
On January 30th, many guests including law enforcement and fire personnel toured AdCare Boston's new office on 50 Congress Street, learned about our flexible treatment options, and enjoyed a catered luncheon by Maggiano's.

Director, Jackie Dias, MA, LMHC and staff were eager to tout the new Boston First Responders Program -- one of many flexible treatment options available to individuals and families. From intensive to early recovery groups,  
AdCare Outpatient's flexible services enable participants to enter treatment right away, while working and living at home or in a sober living environment. "The specialized treatment we provide helps people struggling with substance use make positive changes and build a life in recovery," said Ms. Dias.

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Oliver Charles Joseph, MD, of Worcester, Massachusetts, has been appointed to the Consultant Medical Staff with privileges in Psychiatry at AdCare Hospital. Dr. Joseph is the Founder of Integrated Psychiatric Consulting, P.C. “We are delighted to have Dr. Joseph as a member of our Professional Staff,” said Jeffrey Hillis, president and CEO of AdCare Hospital.

Dr. Joseph, who joined the University of Massachusetts as a Medical Doctor in Psychiatry in 2014, has served as Chief Resident in Consult-Liaison Psychiatry and Emergency Mental Health Services since July of 2017. Dr. Joseph graduated Magna cum Laude from Boston University, CLICK HERE TO READ MORE.

"We are delighted to have Jackie Dias leading the AdCare Boston Outpatient office, now located at 50 Congress Street, Suite 430," said David Hillis, Jr., vice president of outpatient services. "Jackie's strong clinical and management experience focuses on treatment program, staff, and community partnership development."

Most recently, Ms. Dias was Director of Programs Services at the Massachusetts Council on Compulsive Gambling. She has also served as Clinical Director at the Boston Public Health  CLICK HERE TO READ MORE.
American Addiction Centers' Clinical Services of Rhode Island (CSRI) outpatient locations in Greenville, Portsmouth, and South Kingstown, Rhode Island have been consolidated with AdCare Rhode Island's inpatient and outpatient treatment programs in North Kingstown.

Both AdCare Rhode Island, Inc. and CSRI facilities are owned by American Addiction Centers, a national provider of treatment solutions for individuals and families struggling with substance use. “This realignment of resources will enable us to better meet the needs of the patients we serve as we identify best practices, operational efficiencies, and opportunities for growth and financial performance improvement,” said Fred Trapassi, CEO of the combined AdCare Rhode Island operation. CLICK HERE TO READ MORE.