Do 12 Step Programs Work For First Responers???

By Dr. Keith Marshall

You can go to a 12 step meeting and hear other people’s stories and decide if there are any similarities between their stories and yours. You can overcome some of your denial about addiction. You see that addiction can affect anybody. Good people, with good jobs, good families, and a sense of humor, can have an addiction. You may know that intellectually, but you need to believe it. Everybody likes to think that they’re special. But addiction is one of those times when it’s comforting to know that you’re not alone.

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Sleep… Let’s Get Down To The Basics

By Cheryl Conklin

Sleep and mental health have a complicated relationship. When you don’t get enough sleep, your mental well-being can suffer, lowering your mood and making you fatigued. Meanwhile, stress and anxiety can keep you up at night, creating an endless loop of poor sleep and poor mental health. In order to break this cycle, you need to focus on relaxing and winding down at night so you can get the shut-eye you need.

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Generational PTSD

By Steven Smith – Retired Assistant Chief

We get a lot from our parents and heritage. I have my mother’s eyes as she had her mother’s eyes, I have my father to thank for being mechanically inclined. I could go on but you get the point. We receive so much from our parents and ancestors through DNA and learned behavior. Have you asked what if they passed down something that wasn’t beneficial? New studies are showing that PTSD can be passed not only through learned behavior, but through DNA.

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