By Safe Call Now’s Dr. Laura Brodie Ph.D.
In my work with cops, I’ve worked with their kids. Cops need to hear what their kids are complaining about. “He treats me like a suspect.” “She doesn’t trust me.” “He is cold and unfeeling, telling me what I’m doing wrong and never what I’m doing right.” But in talking to cops, I hear over and over how much they love their kids and remain confused about why their children do not feel their love. Being a cop is a job that bleeds over to one’s personal life. The same can be said with psychologists. We psychologists place our own children on the couch of “processing” everything instead of allowing our children to simply be kids. Cops tend to respond to rule breaking in a matter of fact way, slap on the cuffs and haul them in. But what if this person is your child?
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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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