The Link Between Depression, Addiction & First Responders

By Safe Call Now Admin Staff

Depression is the second most common type of mental health disorder in the United States. It causes changes in your thinking, behavior and moods. First Responders  suffering from depression often feel persistent sadness and anxiety. Hopelessness and a loss of self-worth are common symptoms. Clinical depression carries with it risk of self-harm and suicide. It can also weaken the immune system and your overall physical health.

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How Do Benzodiazepines Impact A First Responder?

By Safe Call Now Admin Staff

Prescription medications may not seem like much of a risk for first responders. After all, your doctor prescribed this treatment to help you with an issue. Benzodiazepines like Xanax, Valium, Ativan, Klonopin and others can provide relief from anxiety, insomnia, social anxiety disorders and even alcohol withdrawals.

However, even following your doctor’s orders carefully can put you at risk for dependence or addiction. Let’s take a look at some of the effects benzodiazepines can have on the body.

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How To Stop “Enabling” a First Responder Who Is Addicted

By Safe Call Now Admin Staff

Addiction is a powerful disease. It can change the way a first responder behaves or feels. It can also do considerable damage to the body. Its effects can even spread to the family members around the first responder struggling with addiction. A loving, supportive family can be warped into a structure that assists in sustaining substance abuse. That’s why it’s important to know what enabling is, how to identify when you’re enabling and what you can do to provide the support your loved one truly needs.

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