numbing behaviors
Nov 22 2019

Are You Engaging in Numbing Behavior?

We all experience emotions and events that are uncomfortable, painful, or traumatic. Those moments or circumstances often cause lingering thoughts and emotions that must be dealt with one way or another. At some point, we all engage in numbing behavior to put off having to process unpleasant feelings. That behavior may look different for everyone…

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How Do Trauma and Addiction Go Unnoticed in First Responders?
Aug 10 2020

How Do Trauma and Addiction Go Unnoticed in First Responders?

The effects of trauma coupled with alcohol and/or substance use disorder present themselves in several ways — if you are trained to look for them. Still, for first responders dealing with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and addiction, there are many reasons why these underlying disorders go unnoticed. Under Pressure First responders are asked to do…

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What Are the Signs of Substance Use Disorder?
Sep 23 2020

What Are the Signs of Substance Use Disorder?

Using alcohol and/or substances has many variations. For some, the relationship to chemical-induced escapism is no more than a social convention. Others become hardwired to constantly crave using alcohol and/or substances to the point that a disorder develops. Even among frequent users, there is no blanketing personality by which one can identify a person’s tendency…

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Effects of Cocaine Abuse
Mar 11 2020

Effects of Cocaine Abuse

Cocaine is a powerful drug derived from the coca plant that comes in the form of a white, powdery substance. Cocaine is commonly snorted, although it may be smoked, which is also known as freebasing, or dissolved in water and injected. Cocaine in powder form may be referred to as coke, blow, or powder. When…

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Signs You Are Self-Medicating
Feb 04 2020

Signs You Are Self-Medicating

Everyone experiences emotional hardships and stress in life.  Many people also go through more difficult circumstances that lead to trauma and lasting mental health issues.  In all of these instances, it is common to seek out ways to cope. Some people look for outlets through healthy avenues such as exercise or mindfulness practices, however, it…

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Substance Abuse and Hypertension
Feb 12 2020

Substance Abuse and Hypertension

Substance abuse of any kind is likely to lead to several physical and mental health issues, especially after abuse spirals into active addiction. Hypertension, a condition characterized by high blood pressure that may become chronic, can develop in drug and alcohol users and be very dangerous. Understanding the link between drug abuse and hypertension can…

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What is the Best Way to Communicate With Someone Who Has an Addiction?
Feb 18 2020

What is the Best Way to Communicate With Someone Who Has an Addiction?

If you suspect that someone you love is abusing substances and developing an addiction, you probably feel worried, stressed, and unsure of how to best to help them during this difficult time.  You may want to talk to your loved one about their behavior or about seeking professional help, but you may be unsure of…

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Types of Sedatives and Their Risks
Jan 29 2020

Types of Sedatives and Their Risks

Sleep issues are some of the most common health problems faced by American adults. Sleep issues may occur on their own, or as a symptom of an ongoing physical or mental health disorder. A lack of quality sleep can lead to many unpleasant symptoms such as irritability, fatigue, trouble concentrating, and poor work performance. Many…

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compassion fatigue
Dec 09 2019

What is Compassion Fatigue?

For first responders, compassion is simply a part of the job.  Individuals drawn to careers such as firefighters, police officers, paramedics, and emergency medical personnel are usually seeking a way to be of service to their community, and tend to find satisfaction in helping others.  While this kind of work can be incredibly rewarding, it…

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