By Sean Riley
As I crisscross the country over the next few weeks I had to ask myself, “How many Sundays do I have left”? Why do I ask you this? Because what I wanted to talk about are the demands on all of our time when dealing with the daily grind. As we head into the depths of 2018 the demands on our time with family, employment, completing all of those tasks that we put off and the personal goals we promised ourselves we would accomplish will only increase. Last night I had the opportunity to watch a one man Broadway play entitled “700 Sundays” by Billy Crystal. In it he speaks about his life and how he only got to spend 700 Sundays with his father who died when he was age fifteen. He spoke about his joys, his pains, his heartbreaks, his regrets and his happiness. What got me thinking was when he spoke about the “cards” we are all dealt with in life.
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If you have a first responder who is suffering from substance misuse or addiction, chances are you have considered staging an intervention. It is incredibly devastating to watch a loved one struggling. They may often claim to quit, only to use again. Their moods may shift dramatically, and they may lash out and become unstable at even the mention of the thought of help. If an first responder has reached this serious and severe stage of abuse and/or addiction, the important people in his or her life may have no choice but to stage an intervention.
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There are many telltale signs that can suggest that a first responder is misusing medication, drugs and/or alcohol. Depending on the substance that is being misused, the amount of the given substance or substances that is being consumed, and the length of time an individual have been struggling with substance misuse can all affect the obviousness of a substance problem. If you are concerned that you or a loved one is battling substance misuse, it is a good idea to take note of the following signs and symptoms:
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