toxic masculinity
Nov 20 2019

What Is Hypermasculinity, and How Does It Harm Men?

The term “toxic masculinity” is thrown around a lot these days. It may sometimes seem like a phrase used to equate masculinity with poison. While masculinity itself is not negative, hypermasculinity is a cultural issue that harms men just as much as it does women. Researchers continue to uncover the many connections between hypermasculinity and…

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What Is Chemical Dissociation and Why Must First Responders Avoid It?
Jul 23 2020

What Is Chemical Dissociation and Why Must First Responders Avoid It?

Making your way through the cycle of addiction eventually leads to confronting the realities of your alcohol and/or substance use. For many, the act of getting high or drunk may feel like a thoughtless impulse — but upon examining that urge, a lot of well-hidden truths can be realized. Usually, the drive to drink or…

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Mental Health and Addiction Triggers in Times of Social Unrest
Jul 19 2020

Mental Health and Addiction Triggers in Times of Social Unrest

One of the unintended side effects of modern society is the widespread reach of media communication. While this communication is neither inherently “good” or “bad,” our constant exposure to predetermined topics within the news cycle can cause additional anxiety, stress, and depression. It’s even worse for first responders on the front lines, who aren’t just…

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Commonly Overlooked Physical Symptoms of Anxiety
Feb 11 2020

Commonly Overlooked Physical Symptoms of Anxiety

Everyone experiences anxiety from time to time. Most people are familiar with the psychological effects of anxiety such as constant worry, nervousness, and fear. However, many people who are living with anxiety are entirely unaware of the ways in which anxiety disorder may be affecting their physical health. Some physical symptoms of anxiety can be…

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Utilizing Technology in Addiction Recovery
Jan 23 2020

Utilizing Technology in Addiction Recovery

It seems that technology is providing an answer to just about everything these days. Still, you may find yourself wondering if technology sometimes complicates the situation rather than simplifying it. Many people use apps and online resources to manage their recovery from addiction and improve their mental health, while others prefer the old-fashioned approach. Even…

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spouse in recovery
Dec 13 2019

6 Ways to Support Your Spouse in Recovery

Loving and living with someone with an addiction can be emotionally exhausting, and at times it can feel like you have nothing left to give.  However, if your spouse has decided to seek out treatment for their addiction, it is important that you find ways to support them in their journey if you wish to…

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prescription drug abuse
Dec 26 2019

What Are the Signs of Prescription Drug Abuse?

Much of what people think they know about addiction comes from images and stereotypes perpetuated by the stigma surrounding substance abuse.  Part of this stigma assumes that addiction appears a certain way, and that people with addictions are easily recognizable. This is far from the truth in many cases, especially in people with an addiction…

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temptation
May 21 2020

Why We Still Feel Tempted After Years of Sobriety

Owning sobriety in this moment does not guarantee anything about the future. The constant struggle to work through urges of temptation shows how expectations differ radically from reality. One minute we may feel as though we have locked our addictions in check, only to be utterly side-swept in the throes of relapse in the next…

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Difficulty Sleeping? Here Are Some Tips
May 18 2020

Difficulty Sleeping? Here Are Some Tips

First responders shoulder the burden of helping others in times of desperation and crisis. They fill a vital role in society, knowing full well the psychological toll developed in the line of work. To pursue a career as a first responder is to knowingly welcome traumatic experiences into one’s daily routine. Increased exposure to traumatic…

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Healthy Eating
Jun 03 2020

Addiction and the Gut: Can Diet Help With Recovery?

Addiction fatigues the human body, debilitating—among other systems—the digestive system. An addicted individual’s gut health frequently experiences stress in unique ways, particularly for first responders, who’s work hours might alter their regular meal routine. Alcohol use presents significant obstacles for the digestive recovery of users who have successfully detoxed. Furthermore, individuals in recovery may be…

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addiction recovery
Dec 04 2019

First Responders and Alcohol Abuse

The work of first responders like police officers, firefighters, and EMTs is both demanding and rewarding. These individuals may have been drawn to their career out of a desire to be of service and practice compassion, but over time the constant exposure to pain, violence, and loss can take a toll on the human psyche.…

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addiction treatment
Nov 11 2019

Common Excuses for Avoiding Addiction Treatment

While everyone with addiction is living through different circumstances, there is a common thread in the excuses for avoiding addiction treatment. These justifications only harm the addicted individual and those they love by putting off care that could dramatically improve the lives of everyone involved. Understanding many of these common phrases and identifying them in…

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