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How Can First Responders Find Purpose and Healing in Treatment?

Fighting for people’s lives on the job is the name of the game for first responders. Police officers, firefighters, and EMTs all work to help people in distress find hope. If the mental state of a first responder wavers, then they begin to struggle with performing their job. Moving through life and death encounters each day is exhausting. Sometimes they… Read More
peer support

Why Is Peer Support Important for First Responders?

First responders are not immune to the challenges of daily life. In fact, they often struggle more than others because they witness so much trauma in their jobs. At work, they are taught to be more focused on alleviating the pain of others and offering support to victims. As a result, when they need help themselves, they may not feel… Read More

Keeping a Hold of Memorial Day

Memorial Day is an important event that holds a lot of weight for many individuals in the United States. It is a day of remembrance - not just remembering the fallen men and women that make up our armed forces, but their work and the ideals protected by their service and sacrifice. However, the real reason for Memorial Day often… Read More
stress reduction

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
memorial day

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
strength in recovery

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