Managing the Dark Side: Treating Officers with Addiction

Law enforcement officers know stress as well as, if not better, than most people. They come face-to-face with life-threatening situations, victims of traumatic incidents, and unpredictability on a regular basis. One of the results of officers’ exposure to stressors that surpass the typical range of human emotions is the struggle to find a way to cope with these experiences. For some officers, alcohol is or becomes an acceptable response in dealing with those emotions.