November 30, 2020
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How to Identify the Signs of Substance Abuse

Addiction can develop silently without a person realizing the extent of their use of drugs or alcohol until they have already developed an unhealthy relationship with such substances. Overcoming addiction is a complicated and difficult journey, but being able to recognize the signs of substance abuse early can help someone get the help they may need to begin addressing their substance use. Knowing what substance abuse is, what signs a person can look for in themselves or loved ones, as well as what the first steps are towards addressing one’s substance abuse are all important in understanding the path to recovery ahead.  What Is Substance Abuse?  Substance abuse is commonly […]
November 27, 2020
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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 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 […]
October 16, 2020
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What Is Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM)?

Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) is a structured program designed to help those who have recently experienced trauma, particularly in the workplace. While individuals are often employed after traumatic events like fires, shootings, suicides, or any other events that present a risk of harm or death while at work, they can also be employed for a number of other traumatic events, such as natural disasters. CISM is intended to help in the short term, and allow those affected a formal, structured event in which to voice their experiences, emotions, and work out personal stress management strategies, or to learn how to recognize indicators that someone may need to seek more […]
October 12, 2020
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What to Do When You Find Drugs in Your Home

Coming across drugs in your own home can be a harrowing experience. Whether they belong to a spouse, child, sibling, or even parent, feelings of resentment or anger can rush to one’s head. While it is tempting to take action and immediately confront the person who is suspected of using drugs, it is important to go into these confrontations with a plan. Knowing what to do if you find drugs is a complicated issue, but there are steps that can be taken in order to approach the situation in control, and with the health and care for a loved one in mind.  Step One: Take a Breath Knowing how to […]
October 9, 2020

What do Track Marks Look Like and What Do They Mean?

There are many different health risks involved with the usage of drugs, but the use of intravenous (IV) drugs can pose even more potential health risks. Track marks are a major indicator that a loved one has been using any number of harmful drugs, and knowing the signs and how to spot track marks can help open a dialogue about what steps to take to help someone regain control over their lives. Track marks are indicative of a variety of serious issues, and the detrimental health effects they imply need to be addressed quickly before the damage to one’s body is allowed to continue. What Do Track Marks Look Like […]