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Akua's First Responder Track

First Responders Addiction Treatment

AKUA’s 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 impactful and long lasting. Most of the time, their experiences are life-changing. AKUA’s 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 to assist with giving back to what was given to them, a chance to grow through impactful events. Akua also provides them with specific and specialized treatment that includes peer-based support.

Our Approach

Individualized Trauma Assessment
Our clinicians assess each new client to determine their level of trauma and course of treatment.
Trauma Therapy Approaches
We​ ​utilize​ ​Eye​ ​Movement​ ​Desensitization​ ​Reprocessing​ ​(EMDR),​ ​brain-spotting,​ ​and​ ​cognitive processing​​ ​which​ ​are​ ​the​ approved​ ​evidence-based​ ​techniques​ ​for​ ​trauma​ ​treatment.
Family Therapy
AKUA offers family therapy as part of integrating the client’s family into the recovery process.
Peer Support
AKUA​ ​provides​ ​peer-based​ ​support​ ​to​ ​first​ ​responders​ ​so​ ​that​ ​they​ ​can​ ​feel​ ​a​ ​sense​ ​of​ ​belonging and​ ​​safety​​ ​sharing​ ​with​ ​other​ ​first​ ​responder​ ​clients.

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In-Network With

anthem
Aetna
cigna
health-net
beacon
blue cross
Magellan
HMC Healthworks
triwest
tricare
western Health Advantage
prime-health
multi-plan
Sharp
Molina
Tribal Care

Most PPO Policies Accepted

Optum
humana
UHC
amrihealth
hightmark
UPMC
allcare
Oscar
Pacificare
Memorial Care
Chipa
Carl

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.

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Our Expert Advice

Using Daily Mindfulness

Mindfulness In Addiction | Akua Mind & Body