Whether your partner has gone through rehab or continues to make promises that are never kept about cutting down his or her use of alcohol or drugs, you know the sinking feeling when you come face to face with the reality that the situation isn’t going to change. Now you’re faced with a tough decision. While you’re contemplating getting out from under, it’s important to know what to do if your partner continues to drink or use. Continue reading
Each day, first responders are faced with many forms of extreme stress including life-and-death decisions, human suffering, separation from family and intense risk-taking. While those in this profession have chosen this lifestyle and wouldn’t have it any other way, it’s a high-stress career that can lead to both physical and emotional injuries.
Emergency medical technicians, fire fighters, paramedics, police officers and other first responders are required to remain in control of their emotions at all times. There is no time for on-the-job meltdowns, and many in these helping professions force themselves to be calm and in control even when experiencing a great deal of emotional turbulence. Continue reading
With all the emphasis on the benefits of mindfulness meditation, you might think that the practice involves drastic changes in your everyday routine. This might not sound all that appealing, considering all the must-do items you have already on your list, especially since you’re now in recovery. There is, however, a way to incorporate mindfulness into almost everything you do. Here’s a look at how to be mindful in everyday tasks. Continue reading
The use of prescription and illicit opioids led to over 33,000 deaths in the U.S. in 2015, a figure that has quadrupled since 1999, according to the CDC. The problem stems from prescription painkillers like OxyContin and fentanyl, which share close similarities with drugs like heroin and morphine, but are widely prescribed to people in moderate or severe pain. While the medications can help people in pain live normal lives, they carry a big risk of addiction, and drug rehab centers in Utah and around the country have noted a big increase in patients with opioid addictions. But what can we do about it? How can states resolve the growing problem? Continue reading
Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a serious condition that affects adults as well as children and teens. Stimulant medications are effective in treating this condition, but concerns about the potential for abuse of these medications, or even addiction to them, (Focalin addiction, Adderall addiction, and Ritalin addiction) are valid. Let’s take a closer look at how to discern if you are developing an addiction to the medications prescribed for your ADHD.
By Mike Pool, Retired Law Enforcement and Peer Coordinator of After Action: Building Resilience Workshop.
First responders are not allowed to show or share our emotions. We shove our reactions as far down as they’ll go so we can cope with the day-to-day corrosive events of our jobs. Most of us come to see that this kind of work found us, and not the other way around, so we plunge head first into trying to do our best. Many of us don’t realize how much our family history may have led us on this path, or the underlying reasons we need to protect and save people. We just get it done. Continue reading
In recovery after 20 years of addiction, Gabriella Fodor finds her life calling in helping others entering treatment.
They called themselves “Charlie’s Angels.” Three young women who learned quickly that certain assets — stunning beauty and “party girl” personalities — could buy them pretty much anything they wanted. They danced in a popular nightclub and made good money. They shopped in the best stores, rode in the best cars, and treated themselves to the best drugs. Lots and lots of drugs. Continue reading
First responders are the first to arrive at the scene of a traumatic event, such as an accident, domestic disturbance, fire or natural disaster. They are faced with violence, pain, suffering and sometimes death. For police officers, fire fighters, paramedics and emergency medical technicians, witnessing human suffering is part of each day’s work.
By Victoria Delheimer, LMFT, LCMHC, CDWF, CCTP, Executive/Clinical Director for Journey Healing Centers, with Laurie Sue Brockway
By Michael Desjardins, APRN
The steady flow of clients visiting me and my colleagues’ offices and treatment centers for “diseases of despair” like depression and addiction seems to mirror trends in a recently released report by the National Center for Health Statistics. The report shows that U.S. life expectancy rates have decreased for the first time since 1993, and some data analysts are pointing the finger at a rise in substance abuse and mental illness.