How Can We Be First Responders for Those in Recovery?
Jul 10 2020

How Can We Be First Responders for Those in Recovery?

Helping a loved one who is a first responder recover from alcohol and/or substance use results in many unexpected responses. While everyone wants the best for their loved ones, the strain of addiction impacts far more people than the individual experiencing it. The repercussions of addictive behavior typically extend to the person’s family, immediate social…

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Coping Mechanisms for First Responders
Nov 09 2020

Healthy Coping Mechanisms for First Responders

As a first responder, every day on the job can be fraught with stressors. Over time, repeated exposure to potentially traumatic situations can have a lasting impact on your mental health and well-being. While it is your job to be on the frontline helping others, it is just as important to help yourself. Developing healthy…

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Guilt
Dec 10 2020

What Is Survivor’s Guilt? How Can First Responders Cope?

Feeling lucky to be alive is an emotion many of us might not associate with guilt. Some may not even realize they are wrestling with it, or they struggle to recognize that the weight they are carrying alongside grief is a sense of guilt. This feeling can manifest itself after someone experiences a loss or…

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trauma tent
Dec 29 2020

Feeling Emotionally Drained? Here’s What You Can Do.

When we are entirely focused on an important task at hand, in order to get it done effectively and efficiently, there is often little room for addressing our emotions. At the scene of an accident, first responders are expected to push aside their feelings immediately and provide both physical and emotional support to those in…

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Relapse and Recovery
Apr 02 2020

Relapse and Recovery

Recovery is more than simply choosing not to use. It is a way of living. It is a constant awareness of yourself and your world. In the beginning, when you have yet to make this awareness a habit, it can be very difficult and frustrating. It can seem like you are always “on.” But over…

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