Women, PTSD and Substance Abuse

By Safe Call Now Admin

Women, more than men, are more likely to experience post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).  Why?

Women are more susceptible to being victims of sexual assault. As opposed to men, females are more likely to condemn themselves for traumatic events.

Not all women develop PTSD after a horrifying event. Those who do usually have mental health issues like depression or anxiety, or have previously undergone a distressing event, or the incident was life threatening and/or caused injury.

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How to Spot a High-Functioning #1stresponder Alcoholic

By Safe Call Now Admin

According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) 19.5% of alcoholics in the United States belong to a subtype known as “functional.” These individuals tend to be middle-aged and well-educated with stable jobs and families. About one-third have a multigenerational family history of alcoholism and about one-quarter have a depressive illness sometime in their lives. But what else do we know about these individuals? How do you spot a high-functioning first responder alcoholic?

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Scarred But Not Broken… I Have Found My New Purpose

By Jay Dobyns – ATF Agent (retired), Best Selling Author and Keynote Speaker

My entire adult life was spent as a United States federal agent confronting violence and predators on behalf of the good and innocent people in the communities I served; people who simply wanted to live their lives peacefully and safely.  I wanted to stand up for those who couldn’t or wouldn’t do that for themselves.

My fourth day on the job I was shot by a suspect.  The bullet entered my back, traveled through my lung missing my heart by millimeters and exited my chest.  I hadn’t yet received a paycheck and I was bleeding to death in the dirt and garbage of a trailer park with blood spurting from my chest like having a thumb held over the end of a garden hose.

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