Uniformed Professionals Addiction Stream
Care for our people in uniform
The professional persona of uniformed professionals often makes their experience of addiction different from the civilian experience. These differences can influence the perception of the disease and interactions with others in treatment, so Homewood provides a treatment environment just for uniformed professionals. The program consists of a twice-weekly group session involving people who share similar occupational cultures. This environment provides a forum for discussing issues the participants might be reluctant to disclose in the presence of civilians.
Definition of Membership
Active and retired members of the Canadian Forces, members of a police force (e.g. RCMP, OPP, city police force), and front-line corrections workers are welcomed into this group. All uniformed professionals, active or retired, will automatically be enrolled in this program. The treatment team, including the attending physician, will use clinical judgment in cases where the clinical utility and appropriateness of participation is questionable.
Common topics include:
- consequences of addiction on work and work performance;
- fear of stigma from co-workers;
- managing cravings and using cues within the work environment;
- maintaining abstinence in environments where use can be a part of the culture;
- staying safe in situations where drugs need to be confiscated;
- perception of having shamed the uniform;
- attending recovery meetings within the community where people that you’ve arrested in the past may be present; and
- building resilience against the negative effects of operational stressors.
"Everyone has a different reason to stop drinking initially," says Dick, "but you need to find reasons to keep sober too. Use the time you haven’t had a drink as proof to yourself that you can do it. Hang on, because you don’t need it. If you need Homewood for help, you will leave there with a different attitude toward life."
How to Get Help
To be admitted to the program, you require a referral from your doctor or other healthcare professional. We can help you with the patient referral and admissions process. Click below to learn more, or read on about additional Health Centre programs.
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