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Veterans, PTSD, and Addiction Recovery
Jun 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 vary and can range from mild to severe, chronic, and possibly debilitating. Certain groups, such as veterans, are more likely to suffer from PTSD, though the condition can affect anybody who experienced a […]

When Addiction Medication Stops Working…
Dec 19, 2019

Our addictions are funny things; that which is killing us is actually what saved our lives. If the things we do did not make us feel better, we would not be addicted to them. We are self medicating a misunderstood disease. There are no guidelines, no doctor’s orders, no warning signs or contraindications, just us […]

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

People talk about suicide, and how first responders are particularly vulnerable. They talk about PTSD, and peer counseling, and the importance of mental health. They talk about how to avoid the pitfalls that so many of us get tangled up in – things like isolation, compartmentalizing, denial, poor eating and sleeping habits and depression.  Substance […]

Making Space in a Crowded Mind
Jul 31, 2019

They say that addiction is not a disease. I say take a little look inside my noggin. I was truly insane. And it kept getting worse. I do not have a lot of empty space in my head. It is full of stuff. Good stuff.  Fun and useful stuff. Stuff I need to get the […]

Addiction Is Nothing to Be Ashamed Of
Jun 11, 2019

Funny how finding sobriety after a long and very active illness cleared up so much. Not only do I feel better and think more clearly, but I also look better, my eyes are not as sensitive, my nose has lost the redness and bumps that worried me so much, and I have a lot more […]

“My name is … and I’m an Alcoholic”
Aug 28, 2015

The sense of freedom gained from stating that sentence in public is a better high than every substance designed to avoid living ever was, or ever will be. Had I not said those words, my life would be far different from the one I enjoy today. Looking back over the events that led to my […]

EMS workers, how to deal with stress
Jan 14, 2015

How to deal with stress on and off the job. The last blog looked at factors, such as stress, that become health risks for EMS responders. The combination of stress and poor sleep hygiene or sleep deprivation (72% of EMS providers are poor sleepers) is a killer in itself. Add fast-food eating habits, and you […]

What is the Share The Load Program?
Oct 22, 2014

Being a firefighter comes with a ton of tremendous rewards. The brotherhood we share is unparalleled in any other profession. We sacrifice our time, family, personal relationships and family to be part of the fire service. I know for myself, not being an active Captain anymore, I’m still completely involved in the fire service in […]

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