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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
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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
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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