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what is treatment motivation

What Is Treatment Motivation?

Treatment is a great option when struggling with addiction to substances, but even when treatment is available not everyone enrolls. Treatment motivation is also not enough to get people into treatment. They need access to care. This barrier to treatment is difficult to overcome for many. They may also try outpatient rather than inpatient programs. This means they have to… Read More
outpatient treatment helps police

Why Outpatient Treatment Helps Police Officers

Police officers deal with lots of difficult things on the job. They often work long hours, extended shifts, and see things not everyone else will encounter on a daily basis. Intensive outpatient treatment is just one way to seek help for addiction and substance use disorder. Intensive outpatient programs (IOPs) are a police officer’s first place to look for help… Read More
Shame Cycle

How to Break the Shame Cycle in Recovery

The struggle to recover from addiction is a lifelong process. Everything a person does while addicted to drugs or alcohol seems like something in another life. It is hard to reconcile this was the same person who did those things that are now recovering their life on the other side. Dependence on a substance means a person may do whatever… Read More
Anger Management

How Does Anger Management Impact First Responders?

First responders work under intense circumstances that produce stress beyond what most people can handle. Over time, their immune systems learn to handle it but only because they have to. Public servants often deal with dramatic conditions where injury, death, accidents, and other things occur on an almost daily basis. Dealing with emotions like frustration and anger can boil to… Read More
Moral Injury

Steps to Address Moral Injury in First Responders

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and mental health issues are common in first responders across the board. They deal with traumatic situations at work almost daily, without much time to navigate how they feel about it. Many police services work odd shifts, long shifts, double shifts, and sometimes even triple shifts in order to keep their short-staffed services working to serve… Read More
Complicated Gief

Why Do First Responders Experience Complicated Grief?

Grief is something rarely talked about openly, and even more rarely amongst first responders. After all, they deal with life and death situations nearly every shift. It is hard to look at death in the face so much and not feel something, yet that is what is required of them day after day. Humans are never meant to face such… Read More

Why Learning to Trust Takes Patience and Time

Recovery is a new way of life for everyone involved. It means making healthy life choices, trying out new things, and working on mental and physical health issues. Learning to trust takes patience and time. It is not a one-size-fits-all approach, nor is it something that can happen overnight. Since most people in recovery have a hard time with this,… Read More