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Why Veterans Turn to Opioids and How to Help Them in Recovery

Opioids are a growing problem across the United States. In terms of both addiction and overdoses, the reality is opioids are an epidemic. Veterans are not alone in their trials with opioids to cope with chronic pain, PTSD, or myriad other challenges they face. Addiction rates are on the rise across the United States, catching veterans in the middle… Read More
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What Does Trauma-Informed Care Mean? 

Substance use disorders, including alcoholism, are means of coping with life for many people. How they come to use drugs or drink alcohol depends on their life, background, history, a family of origin, and many other factors. Some simply start using drugs to keep the pain away or may have tried it at a party once and they got hooked… Read More
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How to Combat 4 Myths Surrounding Treatment for First Responders

First responders are people who give to others in service, such as firefighters, emergency medical technicians (EMTs) and police officers. They serve the general public by putting themselves on the front line to ensure everyone’s safety. To deal with the stress on a daily basis of this work can be difficult with someone to talk to. There is a stigma… Read More
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What is the Prevalence of Alcohol Abuse Among First Responders?

Emergency and first responders deal with a lot of stress, anxiety, and tragedy on the job. They may use alcohol and drugs as a means to cope with the traumatic experiences or cover up some of the mental health challenges of the job. They are more vulnerable than some people to drug and alcohol abuse, along with PTSD and other… Read More
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What Does Chronic Pain Management and Addiction Treatment Look Like? 

Chronic pain management is a part of many people’s recovery programs. Addiction treatment is difficult when a person has chronic pain because opioids are more likely to end up in a cross-over addiction for those already struggling. With many chronic pain management options, some people need a plan that does not include opioids. In order to find positive support mechanisms… Read More
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Why People Who Serve in the Military Are at Increased Risk for Mental Health and Addiction Challenges

Military service is challenging enough, but add in addiction or mental health challenges and it can feel quite complex. Active-duty and veteran service members are in different categories due to their level of service. Health care trends demonstrate they both are in need of additional support for the increased risks they face of mental health and addiction. The impact of… Read More
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Why Are First Responders Susceptible to Substance Abuse and Mental Health Challenges?

First responders are often putting themselves at risk without thinking about what they are doing. Constant exposure to trauma and life-threatening situations puts them under a lot of stress day in and day out. There are aspects of the job that contributes to mental health issues over the long term. First responders are susceptible to substance abuse and mental health… Read More