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Practical Help for PTSD

October 19, 2017

Being a fire fighter or paramedic is hard work — not just physically, but emotionally as well. When you carry the weight of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), perhaps compounded by a substance use disorder, it can feel like you’re fighting much more than fire. Over time, these issues can become unbearable, but you don’t have […]

How to Talk to a Coworker With PTSD

October 18, 2017

As a fire fighter or first responder, you’re trained to handle traumatic situations on a daily basis, but not the aftereffects they have on your mental health. Constantly witnessing tragedies leaves nearly 20 percent of American fire fighters with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), a condition that contributes to the high rate of suicide among fire […]

Caring for Yourself to Care for Others

October 13, 2017

When duty calls, you have to answer. It doesn’t matter if you’re exhausted or afraid — your own needs take a back seat to those of others. Many fire fighters describe this priority shift as “just part of the job.” Perhaps you’ve said these words before. But that doesn’t mean you can’t address your own […]

Fire Fighters Are More Likely to Become Addicted to Drugs and Alcohol

October 11, 2017

In 2016, the U.S. Surgeon General concluded that 20.8 million people in the United States suffer from a substance abuse disorder, shining light on a public health crisis that is threatening every corner of the nation. While more research is needed, some data suggests that rates of substance abuse in the fire service are even […]

What Your Loved Ones Aren’t Telling You About Your Addiction

October 6, 2017

When you’re a dedicated fire fighter or paramedic dealing with a drug or alcohol addiction, it can seem like you carry the weight of the world on your shoulders. Maybe you’re constantly exhausted. Or little things bother you. Maybe getting ahold of your next fix or drink is always on your mind — and sometimes, […]

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