Police Trauma and Addictions Essay

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Police Trauma and Addictions

Tabel of Contents
Introduction………………………………………………1
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder………………………….2
Substance Use and Abuse………………………………..3
Alcohol Abuse Chart…………………………………….3
Trauma Strass Interventions……………………………..4
Conclusion……………………………………………….4
Bibliography……………………………………………..5

A study of 852 police officers found that nearly 50 percent of male and 40 percent of female officers consumed excessive amounts of alcohol. Excessive amounts of alcohol is defined as more than 8 drinks per week at least twice a month or over 28 drinks a month for males and more than 6 drinks per week at least twice a month or 14 drinks a month for females and that nearly 90 percent of all officers consumed alcohol
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Stree can generally be defined as the body’s non-specific response to any demand placed upon it. There are two main types of stress, chronic and acute. Chronic stressors are everyday stressors of a low to moderate intensity, such as organizational stress, poor supervision, and shift work. Acute stressors are events that are time limited and intense, such as critical incidents and officer involved shootings. Evidence suggests that the two factors often are linked, due to the high-stress environment of police work. Some examples that cause trauma and stress could include an officer-involved shooting, the death of a coworker, serious injury while on duty, life-threatening incidents, hostage situations or negotiations, exposure to intense crime scenes, or a police suicide.
     Post-traumatic stress disorder is associated most often with critical incidents experienced by law enforcement officers. PTSD includes symptoms that develop when experiencing intense fear, helplessness, or horror. These symptoms cause discomfort while trying to function on the job. If the symptoms persist for more than 1 month or appear for the first time 6 months after the event, then possible PTSD should be treated. Many high ranking police officers still believe that stress is not a problem that requires attention. This belief is based on two assumptions 1) stress exists, but is a

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