Welcome to Fortitude
Join fellow first responders in a specialty track designed to resolve substance use disorder and co-occurring trauma and behavioral health issues so you can get back to work, serving your community and saving lives.
What We Do
A bad call as a first responder is often traumatic. When these dangerous encounters add up over a career, they can become overwhelming. It’s okay to seek help. The FORTITUDE program can help first responders coping with:
The FORTITUDE program welcomes anyone working in public safety (active or retired) who struggles with substance abuse or co-occurring mental health issues.
Fire service members
Paramedics and EMTs
Emergency room personnel
Talk to one of our Recovery Advocates who is also a veteran. They know what you’ve been through and can talk you through our veteran specific program.
Due to the nature of their work, first responders are at a higher risk than civilians of struggling with behavioral health issues like PTSD, anxiety, depression and substance abuse. The FORTITUDE program is a specialty track at The Recovery Village™ Columbus and a part of Advanced Recovery Systems’ treatment facilities. We’ve treated over 1,800 first responders using evidence-based, trauma-informed care that addresses their unique experiences and struggles.
Having identified a significant need for culturally competent treatment providers for first responders, we developed the FORTITUDE program to provide high-quality, specialized programming to those in need.
Years of experience treating these professionals have made us industry experts on trauma-informed care for first responders. The FORTITUDE specialty track supports healing through:
Want to know more
Individual and family therapy sessions in the FORTITUDE program are first responder-specific, as well as some group therapy sessions. Mealtimes, recreational therapies like yoga, free time and activities held outside the facility are co-mingled with civilians.
The length of stay varies from client to client based on their recovery needs, level of treatment, progress and many other factors. However, the average length of stay for most residential clients is 35 days.
Yes, drug and alcohol detox is offered onsite and is the first step in recovery for most clients.
Currently, the FORTITUDE program accepts clients for substance use disorder and any co-occurring mental health conditions, but not for mental health needs alone.
We make every effort possible to place first responders with another first responder in their room. However, this cannot be guaranteed, per state regulations on level of care housing requirements. Each residential room has two beds.
Many insurance companies cover some or all of substance abuse treatment costs, including treatment in the FORTITUDE program. Our admissions team can help you verify what’s covered in your insurance and navigate the insurance process.
It can. Our admissions department and outreach team have experience navigating over 100 different worker’s compensation cases for first responder clients and look forward to the opportunity to help you navigate this process.