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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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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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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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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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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