The Courage to Change: A Recovery Podcast

Bonus Episode: Help for First Responders and Thin Line Recovery - with Mark Lamplugh

Episode Summary

Mark Lamplugh is a fourth-generation firefighter and former captain with the Lower Chichester, PA, Fire Company. He is an advocate for the behavioral and mental health of firefighters and other first responders, has been involved in the creation of several responder specific treatment programs, and is recognized by the American Acadamy of Experts in Traumatic Stress. Lamplugh hosts his own talk show called "Firefighter Wellness Radio,” and has published dozens of articles on responder wellness topics. He can be reached at mark@360wellness.org.

Episode Notes

Mark Lamplugh is a fourth-generation firefighter and former captain with the Lower Chichester, PA, Fire Company. He is an advocate for the behavioral and mental health of firefighters and other first responders, has been involved in the creation of several responder specific treatment programs, and is recognized by the American Acadamy of Experts in Traumatic Stress. Lamplugh hosts his own talk show called "Firefighter Wellness Radio,” and has published dozens of articles on responder wellness topics. He can be reached at mark@360wellness.org.

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Show Notes:

2:32 - Mark talks about being involved in recovery within the First Responder realm

3:45 - Mark's background as a 4th-generation firefighter

5:35 - Talking about substance abuse in the First Responder community

8:45 - Drinking + prescription drugs (the issue)

12:20 - The stigma of substance use for First Responders

14:00 - Incidents with drugs and alcohol while on the job

15:35 - Getting sober

17:05 - The sense of entitlement

27:07 - Outreach and help for First Responders

31:20 - The different First Responder categories

33:45 - EMDR

38:00 - Common reasons why First Responders state they don’t need help

42:45 - Thin Line Recovery - a FREE support group for First Responders through Lionrock Recovery

https://www.lionrockrecovery.com/online-aa-meetings-and-support-groups

(look under “Thursday)

How to connect with Mark:

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/marklamplugh/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mark.lamplugh

Twitter: https://twitter.com/ResponderTx

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/firefighterwellness/