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Stories Of Recovery And Hope: Brandon Dreiman

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Brandon Dreiman, who has been a firefighter and paramedic for the Indianapolis Fire Department for 17 years, coped with the trauma of being a first responder by drinking.

First responders like firefighter Brandon Dreiman face barriers when it comes to getting treatment for mental health and addiction. "I was too macho, I was too tough. I don't need that stuff."

He coped with traumatic experiences through drinking. Then, a random work drug screening changed his life.

This story was produced by Matt Pelsor. On Monday, Dec. 17, at 9 p.m. tune into WFYI for an hour-long special on these stories.