November 27, 2020
disease

Why Addiction Is a Disease

Addiction is a complicated topic, and asking, “What is addiction?” can lead to a plethora of different answers. Whether someone is just beginning to research addiction as a disease or are tackling addiction themselves, no part of understanding or overcoming addiction is easy. Knowing why addiction is a disease and how to help someone with addiction are crucial in addressing the topic at length. There are many biological components that go into addiction, making overcoming addiction much more than just a question of willpower, and understanding how the brain processes addictive substances or behaviors is essential in breaking down the notion that addiction can be overcome with determination alone. While […]
November 23, 2020
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Tips for Managing Depression Daily

Depression can be an incredibly difficult thing to overcome. Depression affects each individual differently, but there are ways for each person to learn how to cope with depression. However, those suffering from it can feel like even minor tasks are mountains that need to be overcome. Learning what causes depression, as well as how to relieve depression daily, can provide a person with the groundwork they need to establish a healthy, productive daily routine. Implementing daily practices can add the needed stability and consistency that someone may need through their day as they learn how to control depression for themselves.  What Is Depression?  Depression is a mood disorder that can […]
November 16, 2020
anxiety

Tips for Managing Anxiety Daily

Experiencing anxiety can be a debilitating experience. It can change the perception someone has of their surroundings and can introduce a sense of danger or discomfort into any aspect of one’s daily life. Anxiety can affect each person differently, and learning to cope with its effects on a daily basis may require a routine or any number of personalized practices. Not only is it important to understand what causes anxiety and how to spot its symptoms, but it is also important to know how to deal with anxiety through the use of various daily practices. Whether someone is creating a new daily routine or are trying new hobbies regularly, the […]
November 12, 2020
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Alcoholism in Law Enforcement

Law enforcement officers are under an immense amount of stress on a daily basis. Due to the dangerous nature of their work, stress and PTSD can be common occurrences among police. With constant stresses, public scrutiny, and a stigma that surrounds reaching out for mental health support, many officers may attempt to self-medicate their stresses to give their brains a break from this persistent sense of danger, with alcohol being a common avenue for self-medication. Left unchecked, these coping strategies can create even more stress, as well as the risk of addiction, ultimately adding more danger to the already fragile nature of their work. Talking about the common presence of […]
November 9, 2020
stigma

Addressing the Stigma of Mental Health in First Responders

First responders are subject to any number of traumatic situations. From life-threatening encounters to scenes of domestic abuse or destructive and bloody crime scenes, the mental health of first responders is always a concern. However, due to the stigma associated with PTSD, trauma, or mental health, first responders may not reach out to others for the support they need to process each traumatic event. First responder stress can go unchecked, and lead to a number of other problems that they may have to face. Normalizing counseling for first responders and breaking down the stigma that surrounds mental health can allow each first responder to comfortably reach out for the help […]
November 7, 2020
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How First Responders Are Prepared to Deal With Trauma

First responders are seen as some of the strongest, most respected members of our communities. They are tasked with exuding strength and safety while maintaining control and composure in any kind of high-stress situation. However, they are not immune to trauma, and the nature of their work puts their mental health at risk just as much as their physical health. Providing trauma and mental health crisis training for first responders and building resilience for first responders and their families daily can set the groundwork for a healthier, balanced daily life. Providing this information and breaking down stigmas that still surround mental health and trauma treatment can instill necessary preventative measures […]