The word “addict” conjures different images for different people. But few of us would picture an officer of the law. In fact, police officers and similar professions marked by stress and anxiety (firefighting, EMS, etc.) are at high risk for addiction and substance abuse. What happens when the men and women who protect us can’t protect themselves?

Michael C. Koch is a former narcotics detective who now works as an addiction counselor at True North Recovery Services. He recently joined host Steven Kavalkovich on his podcast series, “Rescue the Rescuer,” to discuss how the stresses of his job led to addiction and a new calling as a therapist.

Listen to “Ep012- Michael Koch- Narcotics Cop to Addict to Therapist” on Spreaker.

Read more about Michael’s experience in his 2017 article, “Law Enforcement Professionals Need Help Too.”