Saving the lives
that save more lives.

First Responders deserve first-class care. Our state-of-the-art in-patient treatment facility takes most forms of insurance, and we only serve first responders. Need help? We've got your six.

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The Ranch

Healing, Tranquility, & Total Confidentiality

The word "rehab" might bring to mind cafeteria food, bunk beds and institutional living. That’s not us. At First Responders First, we believe the most effective path to recovery is grounded by a truly special place. Recovery is hard, but it shouldn't be punishment; it's about getting well. We ensure conditions of comfort, safety, and confidentiality that make healing possible.

Our team
I've been to civilian treatment before, and I was treated like a number, not a person. The Ranch is different—it's a family and a fellowship and people who care. The staff is what sets First Responders First apart.
— R.H., Firefighter

First Responders deserve First-Class Treatment.

Unsurpassed top-quality medical, psychological, emotional and confidential care is given to each of our First Responders. Upon your arrival, you will be given a complete medical examination and evaluation as well as an individualized plan of treatment. Our highly-credentialed compassionate clinical team is led by our medical doctor (M.D.) and psychiatrists. These are just some of our First Responders treatment programs.

Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing (EMDR)

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a psychotherapy treatment that was originally designed to alleviate the distress associated with traumatic memories.


Detoxification ("detox" for short) is the physiological or medicinal removal of toxic substances from a living organism, including the human body, which is mainly carried out by the liver.

Individual Therapy

Individual therapy is what usually comes to mind when someone thinks of therapy: one-on-one psychotherapy treatment between a trained professional and a patient. Also known as talk therapy, this type of treatment has a decades-long track record of helping people dealing with grief, anger, depression, and other painful emotions work through their feelings.

Group Therapy

One of the many things that makes First Responders First a truly special place is the fact that you are surrounded by people who understand what you’re going through. If you’ve ever attended a group therapy session and felt out of place because you’re a first responder, then you’ll be refreshed by the community we’ve built here.

Family Therapy

Family therapy is key to recovery. We set the stage during an inpatient residency, and give people the tools to continue the work once they go home. Couple and family therapy is offered to residents and their families when it is feasible for the family members to visit the facility. 


FRF has a network of providers and resources around the state and the country for support to graduates of the program. A recent addition to FRF is an Intensive Outpatient Service opening soon in Los Angeles.

12 Step Facilitation

Twelve-step facilitation therapy is an active engagement strategy designed to increase the likelihood of a substance abuser becoming affiliated with and actively involved in 12-step self-help groups, thereby promoting abstinence.

Equine Therapy

Equine therapy, also known as Equine-Assisted Therapy (EAT), is a treatment that includes equine activities and/or an equine environment in order to promote physical, occupational, and emotional growth.

WHY IS FRF Different?

When civilian treatment falls short, First Responders First stands tall.

First responders survive by maintaining control in unpredictable situations.
Recovery is the opposite—it requires acknowledging that control has been lost, and the situation has become unmanageable. How do you tackle that wicked problem, when your whole life is threatened by the very hard-won skills that keep you alive?

First Responders First is built on the insight that civilian treatment methods are not sufficient to address the unique needs and experiences of first responders. Our confidential programs are tailored to provide the emotional and psychological care required by men and women on the front lines.

With the guidance of our trained clinicians and, critically, the support of the on-site community of fellow first responders, our program has helped hundreds of our brothers and sisters heal, resulting in the restoration of careers, relationships, and lives.

Who We Are

First Responders First is open to all active, retired, or former first responders—and exclusively first responders.


Can I afford this?

A stay and treatment will come at little or no cost to most first responders. Our outstanding Admissions Department can work with most forms of insurance. Additionally, the First Responders First Scholarship Foundation has been established to provide assistance to those who may fall short of receiving treatment due to financial hardship.

Our mission
To provide the highest quality medical, psychological and emotional care,
in a safe confidential environment to all First Responders,
resulting in the restoration of careers, relationships and lives.
Cameron's Story
I was sent to some civilian rehab facility, but I didn't feel safe because of the anger some people had towards law enforcement. I had to come up with a false identity to protect myself. How can you heal when you're living a lie?

Come here to heal.

our Sparkling lake
Clear your head, by the water.
All-Terrain TRail Riding
Explore the woods.
Horse Ranch
Connect with other creatures.
a comfortable stay
Luxurious, first-class accommodations.
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The Intensive Outpatient Program

First Responders First
comes to the city of Los Angeles.

The First Responders First Intensive Outpatient Program in East LA is an extension of the Ranch, delivering all the things that make the Ranch great—but a lot closer to home. The IOP offers daily programming to aid the transition out of residential treatment, and amenities to encourage a sense of community and just give you somewhere to recharge. Additionally, we can offer outpatient treatment to first responders who are ready to start their recovery journeys, but are not yet able to commit to 30+ days of life on the Ranch.

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