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Is Stress Related to Addiction?

The world is full of stressors. They creep into our world a little at a time, slowly leaking into our mental, physical, and spiritual space. Stress is one precursor to addiction. Childhood trauma is a stressor, parents with addiction can be stressors, and life itself on a daily basis carries stressors as well. The human response to stress is hormonal… Read More

Why First Responders Struggle to Seek Help and Why it Matters

Being a first responder is a big responsibility. People’s lives literally depend on those that serve them day in and day out. If they choose to seek help, it does not seem to matter because there is not a culture of seeking help built within their culture. The motivation to seek help is lower than in some professions. First responders… Read More

What is the Impact of Trauma on First Responders? 

The hardest thing to deal with as a first responder is a constant trauma experienced on a daily basis. How it impacts first responders is just now being learned as more programs are being trauma-informed for first responders. First responders lose people on a daily basis, watch people overdose on drugs, see them become violent during a mental health crisis,… Read More

These 3 Steps Can Help Loved Ones Plan an Intervention

When a loved one struggles with addiction, it feels like they are going through it with them. Even if they are not addicted to drugs, using alcohol, or struggling with the same issues, it feels as if they are walking with them through it all. It can be a hopeless feeling to watch a loved one struggle and not know… Read More

What is the Difference Between Inpatient vs. Outpatient Rehab

To seek help for substance abuse, it means letting go of lots of things. Denial is hard to overcome. Whether inpatient or outpatient rehab is the best pathway forward, every type of program has advantages and disadvantages. Recovery is personal and it means choosing the right kind of treatment for addiction recovery. Outpatient and inpatient treatment offers different options. Find… Read More

EMS Workers Need Support to Deal with Chronic Stress: Here’s How

Being an EMT is high-stress, high-performance with on-the-go challenges. Mandated training helps EMTs work through life or death decisions but they are not always good at helping train them to cope with chronic stress. When an EMT shows up to help a person, they often are in a life or death scenario and need immediate help. Their lives depend on… Read More

What Are the Signs An EMS Worker is Struggling with Addiction? 

Substance abuse and alcohol addiction are challenging to deal with. The signs a first responder is struggling are not always easy to see. The concerning behavior may be noticed and dismissed as nothing serious. Normative behavior is someone who is coping well, coming to work on time, showing up for their loved ones, and taking care of themselves. When it… Read More