VIPER: A unique treatment program for emergency responders
Police and law enforcement officials, correction and parole officers, firefighters, emergency medical technicians (EMTs) and combat veterans all have one thing in common—you put the welfare of others above your own safety.
While helping and saving others may be second nature for you, it may be difficult to ask for help when you need it yourself. On the job you may experience physiological and emotional distress, and become disconnected from your own feelings. These factors sometimes lead to unhealthy behaviors such as self medicating with drugs and alcohol.
Some first responders are reluctant to seek treatment out of concern for job security or the social stigma of addiction. You may need specialized interventions to get sober and maintain your sobriety while facing the stresses of your job. That’s why we created the Valor with Integrity Program for Emergency Responders (VIPER), the Philadelphia region’s premier alcohol and chemical dependency treatment program for first responders.
VIPER provides a safe, supportive environment for recovery while addressing issues that are specific to first responders such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), crime scene trauma, work-related distress and family and marital problems.
Individualized care for every patient
VIPER works with you to develop an individualized plan for healthier, more effective ways to cope with issues that cause psychological stress. You’ll also have the opportunity to learn from the experience of other first responders in a group therapy environment. We want to help you return to being a healthy, productive member of your team.
In addition to group therapy, VIPER offers:
- Eye movement desensitization reprocessing (EMDR) for PTSD
- Relapse prevention therapy
- Intensive outpatient therapy (IOP)
- Family and friends program