First Responders and How To Avoid Drinking Off Duty…

By Safe Call Now Admin Staff

As a first responder, you put your life and well-being on the line day in and day out. A single week could include fighting the roaring flames of house or forest fires, protecting your community’s businesses and residents from criminals or trying to keep civilians alive after accidents or overdoses.

You see and experience a lot on the job, which can take a toll on your own physical, emotional and mental health. That’s why it feels like drinking together with your colleagues while you cheer on your favorite sports team is one of the few simple pleasures you have left at the end of a long week.

You deserve it after all, right?

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Addicted to Addiction… Shannon’s Story

By Safe Call Now Admin Staff

There’s always that one person behind the scenes that’s beloved by all.  Here is the most beloved of all by first responders, their family members, chiefs, agencies and all that come into contact with here.  Meet Shannon Clairemont and read her story and you’ll understand why she takes such a personal interest in taking care of you.  We at #SafeCallNow are beyond honored to work with here.

By the ripe old age of seven I’d learned to do everything by myself. I cooked. I cleaned. Did the laundry. I also worried constantly that the cops were going to come into my house and take me away from my parents – both of whom were actively struggling with addiction. While I’ve never been addicted to drugs or alcohol myself, I know as well as anyone else just how devastating addiction can be to families like mine. My name is Shannon and this is my addiction recovery story.

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#1stresponders… Guess What? You’re Not Perfect!

By Safe Call Now’s Dr. Laura Brodie Ph.D.

As I think about how those in helping professions were raised, it was a message of doing your best and making sure you take care of others.  Often this was taking care of a vulnerable family member.  The person was a substance abuser, a depressed individual, an anxious parent or a parent who needed you as a child at a level you were ill equipped to handle.  You became what we in the profession call a “parentified child”. In talking to individuals who have taken on this role it is obvious they did not realize it.  They saw the path they traveled as having great parents who had no problems and they simply helped or listened. I think it is the same in First Responders.  Who else runs into danger when everyone else is running away?

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