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Why Aftercare Is So Important for Recovery

January 16, 2018

The decision to enroll in a residential behavioral health treatment program is a bold and important one, just as is the choice to commit to the program from start to finish. It’s rewarding to reach a state of recovery after struggling with a substance use disorder, a mental illness or both, but what about the […]

3 Ways Fire Fighters Benefit From Group Therapy

January 11, 2018

Whether you’re a fire fighter or not, sitting in a circle of total strangers and telling them about your deepest mental and emotional challenges is intimidating. Group therapy can be nerve-wracking and scary at first. You may be apprehensive about speaking up at all, or worry that people are secretly judging you. But it’s important […]

How Peer Support Can Combat Addiction and PTSD

January 8, 2018

“I was walking down a bunch of stairs … in full gear, and I got to the bottom and all I saw was dead fire fighters,” recalled Mike Higgins, a retired 23-year veteran fire fighter from Boston, Massachusetts. Recalling disturbing memories, images or nightmares is not uncommon for the 1 in 5 fire fighters who […]

4 Ways to Lift Up Your Brothers and Sisters

January 4, 2018

The firefighting profession is both rewarding and grueling. PTSD, depression and substance abuse are just a few of the potential health risks associated with the challenges of the job. The good news is, help is available, and it can start with you. If you know a fire fighter dealing with any of these issues, there […]

California Wildfire Relief: Helping Those Who Serve Others

January 2, 2018

On October 8, 2017, as wildfires ignited in northern California, fire fighters from CAL FIRE Local 2881, Santa Rosa Local 1401 and other California locals took action. Strong winds continued to feed the blazes, which raged for 22 days before being contained. More than 20,000 people managed to evacuate, but sadly, 43 lives were lost. […]

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