How Childhood Trauma Tethers Itself to Addiction
Aug 11 2020

How Childhood Trauma Tethers Itself to Addiction

First responders see and experience trauma every day. But what if the trauma that affects them most happened long before they joined the police academy or completed firefighter training? Without resolving our traumatic memories from childhood, first responders and other adults become susceptible to a host of other problems, including addiction. The development of the…

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What Are the Best Ways to End a Negative Friendship?
Mar 10 2020

What Are the Best Ways to End a Negative Friendship?

There is a great deal of discussion surrounding the end of intimate relationships. There is not, however, nearly as much information available to people who wish to end a friendship that is no longer adding value to their life. While breaking up with an intimate partner usually involves the same series of steps and changing…

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What Are the Stages of Change When Overcoming Addiction?
Mar 24 2020

What Are the Stages of Change When Overcoming Addiction?

Many people with addictions are reluctant to get help because they are wary of the process of recovery. People overcoming addiction are said to experience the same basic stages. The model used to describe this process is known as the “stages of change,” or the “transtheoretical” model, and is a product of research that focuses…

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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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guilt in recovery
Jan 02 2020

4 Tips for Dealing With Guilt in Recovery

There’s no doubt about it, addiction will make you say and do things that are misaligned with your character and the core of who you are. One of the toughest aspects of addiction recovery is facing the reality of the things you have done and the people you have hurt. While guilt is a natural…

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healing your marriage in recovery
Jan 14 2020

Healing Your Marriage in Addiction Recovery

Marriages are a frequent casualty of addiction. Maintaining a healthy relationship is impossible in active addiction because substance abuse takes priority over family responsibilities and the emotional needs of a spouse. Many marriages will not survive a battle with addiction. For those that do, there is usually a long road of hard work and healing…

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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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when a spouse is depressed
Dec 13 2019

7 Signs Your Spouse is Depressed

Depression is a complex disease that can cause different symptoms to develop in different people.  Some people appear visibly sad and deprived of energy when they are depressed, while others maintain a high-functioning personality and work ethic.  Depression can even go unnoticed by those closest to us, such as partners in intimate relationships. As the…

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addiction recovery
Dec 24 2019

5 Factors that Contribute to Poor Heart Health in First Responders

First responders, especially police officers and firefighters, have some of the highest rates of heart-related health issues including heart disease and sudden cardiac arrest.  The average age of a police officer who has suffered a heart attack is 49 years, while the average for the general population is 67 years. Similarly, nearly half of firefighter…

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sober living
Dec 19 2019

How Does Sleep Deprivation Affect Mental Health?

For most people, even a small amount of sleep loss can have a huge impact on their mood and ability to focus throughout the day.  Some people, however, are subjected to more significant sleep deprivation, whether it be due to the demands of their job or a health condition like insomnia.  Sleep deprivation can present…

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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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health and wellness
Dec 31 2019

Can Alcohol Affect Fitness Levels?

We are living in the age of physical fitness. Modern science and wellness trends have made staying fit and taking care of your body more popular than ever, and we are now well equipped with information and resources to do so.  However, we are also living in a culture where alcohol use is the norm,…

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Fitness
Jun 10 2020

Can Fitness Condition Us Against Relapse?

Unfortunately, many jobs in today’s society blend mental exhaustion with physical exhaustion. For first responders in recovery, the end of a long shift means total exhaustion. Their jobs may physically wear them down, but just because first responders end a shift feeling tired doesn’t mean they are experiencing the benefits of a full range of…

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addiction recovery
Dec 02 2019

8 Surprising Symptoms of Depression

Depression is a mental illness that is commonly associated with overwhelming sadness and an inability to experience joy.  While these symptoms may be true for some people, many people with depression experience far more subtle symptoms that may be difficult to recognize as signs of a mental illness.  Overcoming depression often requires professional mental health…

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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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secondary trauma
Dec 03 2019

What is Secondary Traumatization?

In the mental health world, the term “trauma” is used to describe any experience that creates emotional or mental distress to the extent that it becomes difficult to function in some or all facets of life.  We are currently in the midst of a profound cultural shift that is beginning to acknowledge the many-layered effects…

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cravings in rehab
Dec 06 2019

4 Ways to Fight Cravings in Recovery

Addiction is a chronic disease, and while it can be managed with the right tools and vigilant self-accountability, cravings can occur frequently in early recovery, and may continue to arise unexpectedly for many years into sobriety.  While having craving can be an unsettling experience and induce fear of relapse, it is perfectly normal, and there…

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