Category: First Responders

Veterans, PTSD, and Addiction Recovery
June 15, 2020

Post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, is a mental health disorder that causes an individual trouble recovering from a traumatic event. Symptoms can […]

No Place I Would Rather Be
January 28, 2020

When the Crisis Occurs… A man was buried alive, and I was part of the response team. This is what I lived […]

When Addiction Medication Stops Working…
December 19, 2019

Our addictions are funny things; that which is killing us is actually what saved our lives. If the things we do did […]

Reasons to be Grateful This Holiday Season
December 3, 2019

As the holiday season rolls around once again, it’s important to take some time to consider what we are grateful for. This […]

They said I can drink!
November 18, 2019

Whenever something comes up about alcoholism being controllable I snap to attention. Some researchers somewhere are always coming up with their hypothesis […]

Ethyl Alcohol – Suicide’s Closest Friend
October 28, 2019

People talk about suicide, and how first responders are particularly vulnerable. They talk about PTSD, and peer counseling, and the importance of […]

Letting the Secret Go
September 16, 2019

I expected a lot of overwhelming responses when I first informed my family that I was going to “quit drinking.” But the […]

First Responder Addiction is Harshly Judged
August 29, 2019

Stealing a patient’s medication or figuring out a way to manipulate the narcotics we are entrusted to monitor is criminal behavior, and […]

Making Space in a Crowded Mind
July 31, 2019

They say that addiction is not a disease. I say take a little look inside my noggin. I was truly insane. And […]

A Forest of Trouble Trees
June 26, 2019

Anybody that is at all connected to social media, the media in general or the world around them is well aware that […]

Addiction Is Nothing to Be Ashamed Of
June 11, 2019

Funny how finding sobriety after a long and very active illness cleared up so much. Not only do I feel better and […]

Unexpectedly at Home
May 28, 2019

A guy about my age who I didn’t know died. He was a firefighter. His obituary was vague; the always troubling words […]

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