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Ways First Responders Can Reduce Stress in a Positive Way

First responders have to put emotion last, critical thinking first. Front line personnel don't get the luxury of "feeling" everything happening. Instead, they have to separate the mind and body to deal with critical issues in front of them. As the adrenaline wears off, they might begin to realize how stressed they have been and even be flooded with memories… Read More
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How Can Loved Ones Help a Veteran This Memorial Day?

Commemorative holidays are hard for some individuals who might have a different experience than others. The Fourth of July means something different for those on the frontlines fighting for people’s freedom. Memorial Day also looks different for loved ones of veterans. The American tradition of memorializing soldiers who passed away in combat began after the Civil War. Over time, it… Read More

Why Veterans Struggle with Substance Use After Transition from Active Duty

Veterans deal with stress daily while in active duty but may also struggle upon return home. Mental illness, physical health complications, and injuries can complicate their lives even further. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs offers treatment plans for veterans, but not everyone accesses those programs. They may struggle to deal with substance abuse as a way to cope with… Read More
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What Does It Mean to Find Strength in Recovery as a First Responder?

First responders often deal with so much on their plates, they can struggle to feel secure. In every aspect of life, first responders must find the strength to move forward in the face of adversity. If they are in recovery from addiction, this is hard but necessary. Find out more about how to shore up strength for the journey.  Weakness… Read More

How Can Detectives Protect Themselves From Secondary Trauma?

Police officers who work their way to detective status often work some of the more troublesome crimes out there. Their job regularly takes them away from their families and into the line of fire with other people. They end up suffering from secondary trauma as they are witness to car accidents and injuries. A trauma is an experienced or witnessed… Read More
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How to Help Yourself Get Unstuck in Recovery

If you feel stuck in recovery, it might be because you are. Getting stuck is not as hard as getting unstuck. It takes discipline and perseverance to push past the barriers and find the path again. By doing what is required, you can be on the road to recovery and finding peace again. Substance use is difficult for everyone, and… Read More
pain killers and police officers

How Painkillers Impact Police Officers

Painkillers are a nemesis for so many people. They cause disjointed relationships, broken friendships, lost employment, along with temporary relief from physical pain. However, they also cause lots of other complications in a person's life. If that person is on the frontlines, serving and protecting the community, it can be hard to admit to having a problem. Police officers often… Read More