First Responders Addiction TreatmentOur first responders are always on the frontline to help us in our time of need. The traumatic events that they witness each day while at work are hard to take. Sometimes, their experiences may be life-changing. At such times, they need our help. Our First Responders treatment track provides firefighters, police officers, paramedics, military and other uniformed personnel with a platform to get their life back on track and begin the healing process. AKUA Mind and Body offers a holistic approach along with trauma therapy as the main component. We welcome current and former first responders in our program and provide them with specific and specialized treatment, including peer-based support.
Individualized Trauma AssessmentOur clinicians assess each new client to determine their level of trauma and course of treatment.
EMDR TherapyWe utilize Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR), brainspotting, and cognitive processing which are the approved evidence-based techniques for trauma treatment.
Family TherapyAKUA offers family therapy as part of integrating the client’s family into the recovery process.
Peer SupportAKUA provides peer-based support to first responders so that they can feel a sense of belonging and safety sharing with other first responder clients.
Meet Our First Responder Outreach Specialist
Carl Lemos Joins AKUA Mind & Body
My name is Carl Lemos, and I am 31 years old, and from Carmel Valley, California. I am here because I am a first responder in recovery. I grew up in a happy home with a good family, and was with the fire department for 11 years. In 2008, I broke my femur. I had four years’ worth of surgeries and complications, and I became addicted to pain pills. I found a first responders treatment track, and I have now dedicated my life to helping first responders struggling with substance abuse here at AKUA.