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Resources for first responders

Police officers and first responders are faced with various challenges. They must navigate the daily stressors of their personal lives, coupled with intradepartmental stress, and direct and secondary trauma they experience while serving their community. Quality mental health and addiction services are critical in supporting the unique needs of the first responder.  


At Zen Warrior Counseling Center we provide a safe space so clients can feel secure to process their thoughts, beliefs, and feelings. We provide psychoeducation on mental health and addiction in supporting a first responder to

discuss family issues, relationships, mental and physical health, and the impact of their social environment. This promotes a police officer or first responder to foster and value an identity outside of the uniform.


In therapy, we use a holistic approach that focuses on improvements in all areas of self. To assist clients on their healing journey, we utilize cognitive behavioral therapy and practice a trauma-informed approach. Founder, Michelle Inzelbuch, is EMDR trained and has begun her consultation through an EMDRIA approved provider. 


Warrior Wednesday

Warrior Wednesday (clinically supervised group) is a virtual group for veterans and first responders. The group is lead on the first Wednesday of each month. 

This group was designed to create a secure environment for those who are active or retired first responders and veterans recovering from addiction and mental health. Those in attendance recognize the importance of having a structured place to share stressors related to their work and personal life. Group members are there to support each other, as well as share their personal experiences. 

Each week will have a different topic that is subject to change based on the needs of the participants. 

This group is open to all active and non-active law enforcement, first responders, and veterans working towards their recovery from alcohol or drug addiction. 

First Wednesday Evening of the month from 1900-2000 hours


Those interested in group should call for a consult and will be permitted to join once all intake forms are completed. At that time, the Zoom link will be emailed to the participant. 

Crisis lines
Suicide & Crisis Hotline


Text “Blue” to 741741

24 hours peer support



BlueLine Support


24 hour peer support 


IAFF Recovery Center 



Veterans Crisis Line

1-800-273-8255, Press 1 or Text 838255


Resource Database for First Responders


Firefighter Suicide Hotline


National Alliance on Mental Illness




24/7 Law Enforcement Hotline


Inpatient Facilities 

Recovery Centers of America -  RESCU


Fortitude Integrated First Responder Program



IAFF Recovery Center

Mindbase First Responder Health & Wellness


Recovery Support Groups

Bottles and Badges, New Jersey:

Email for meeting details: 

Warriors Anonymous -  National

Gun Smoke (First Responder and Military)

New York Ron Doda 631-786-6818 or

Bottles and Badges

Warrior Talk

Crisis Assistance

Recovery Support


The Body Keeps Score by Bessel Van Der Kolk, M.D.

Self-Esteem by McKay/Fanning

It worked for me: In Life and Leadership by Colin Powell

Unbeatable Mind by Mark Divine

Behind the Badge – a Daily Devotion for Law Enforcement Trauma and Recovery by Judith Herman, M.D.

Beautiful Boy by David Sheff

Mindfulness for Warriors by Kim Colegrove

Emotional Survival for Law Enforcement by Kevin M. Gilmartin, Ph. D.

Law Enforcement Families: The Ultimate Backup by James T. Reese, PhD, FBI Special Agent Retired and Cherie Castellano

On Combat: The Psychology and Physiology of Deadly Conflict in War and Peace: 2nd (second) Edition by Dave Grossman 


Real Heroes Don't Wear Capes: The Last Ones Standing by Chaplain Samuel Jeppsen Police

After Trauma: Lessons on Overcoming from a First Responder Turned Crisis Counselor by Ali W. Rothrock

Bulletproof Spirit, Revised Edition: The First Responder’s Essential Resource for Protecting and Healing Mind and Heart  by Dan Willis

911 For First Responders: Surviving and Thriving in Emergency Work By Annmarie Spichiarich

How Heroes Heal: Stories of First Responders and the Journey from Posttraumatic Stress Injury to Posttraumatic Growth by Marilyn Woodley

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