moral injury
Nov 27 2019

What Is Moral Injury?

Firefighters, police officers, paramedics, and other first responders make many sacrifices to serve their communities, sometimes to the detriment of their own mental health. Mental health disorders such as depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorder occur at higher rates among first responders. These issues can lead to dangerous and unhealthy coping strategies, such as substance…

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Just Dance: How Can Movement Therapy Help PTSD?
Aug 23 2020

Just Dance: How Can Movement Therapy Help PTSD?

Therapy is a great place to begin working through trauma — for some. Others have found the benefits of immersing the body in movement therapy upon being diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Incorporating the body right off the bat initiates healing between any disconnect with the mind. The interconnectivity of mind and body act…

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Sep 10 2020

Online Outpatient Care Provides a New Lease on Sobriety

Undergoing treatment for addiction to alcohol and/or substances does not guarantee a future free from relapse. Far from it — the nature of addiction brings a seemingly endless parade of temptations into the mind of the afflicted individual. After years of group meetings, the impact of a prescribed format can grow dull and ineffectual. Online…

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Helping A Loved One with PTSD
Mar 20 2020

Helping a Loved One with PTSD

Post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, is a psychiatric condition that affects those who have experienced or witnessed a traumatic event. Some causes of PTSD include child abuse, a serious accident, assault, natural disaster, or exposure to severe violence. Having a loved one with PTSD can be painful and frustrating, and many spouses and family members…

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How Can You Identify and Avoid PTSD Triggers?
Feb 06 2020

How Can You Identify and Avoid PTSD Triggers?

Post traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, is a psychological condition caused by experiencing or witnessing a traumatic event.  This may be an event that happened in a moment, such as a serious accident or act of violence, or it may be a series of events that occurred over a long period of time, such as…

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animals in recovery
Feb 26 2020

How Can Animals Assist in Recovery?

For those in recovery from an addiction or struggling with a mental health disorder, it is important to remember that mental wellness usually requires a multifaceted approach to heal entirely from the inside out, as well as to maintain that level of healing.  Every individual is different, and every treatment plan should cater to the…

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cognitive behavioral therapy
Dec 23 2019

What is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy?

If you have ever looked into therapy for yourself or someone you love, you have likely come across the term cognitive behavioral therapy, or CBT.  CBT is a common psychotherapy technique that is used to treat a wide array of mental health conditions including anxiety, depression, and post-traumatic stress disorder.  Even those who have not…

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How Can Grounding Be Used to Manage Anxiety?
Apr 08 2020

How Can Grounding Be Used to Manage Anxiety?

Anxiety disorders are the most common kind of mental health issue in the US and they overlap significantly with substance use disorders. The National Epidemiological Survey on Alcohol and Related Conditions surveyed more than 43,000 people and found that nearly 18 percent of respondents who struggled with a substance use disorder in the past year…

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PTSD
Apr 14 2020

PTSD and How to Cope

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) can rear its ugly head at any time. In public, at work, in intimate situations with a significant other — PTSD knows no boundaries as to when the symptoms will manifest. These symptoms can be embarrassing. A certain movement at dinner may put you on edge. A smell in the…

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PTSD and substance misuse
Apr 14 2020

What Is PTSD and Its Relationship to Substance Misuse?

Post-traumatic stress disorder, known as PTSD, is an anxiety disorder brought about by exposure to a disturbing or shocking event. PTSD may occur due to experiencing or witnessing:   Natural disasters A serious accident War or combat Violent personal assaults or attacks Rape   People exposed to these types of terrifying situations may become witnesses,…

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pets
May 12 2020

Pets: The Not Human Sponsors

Finding the right person to sponsor you through your recovery can be a fragile tightrope of chemistry and trust. This is understandable given that human relationships are complex. Luckily, we get to share this planet with other amazing creatures like cats, dogs, and of course, leopard geckos. These animals and critters aren’t only important within…

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