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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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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Officer Down – My Husband & I’m Dispatching…

By Samantha Smith – Armor Up WV

Every dispatcher has a call or a phrase over the radio they never want to hear. I was no exception. On my shift, we seemed to get very bad calls more frequently than others. We’ve heard things no one should have to. We had an officer get shot after a pursuit, a fireman lose his life and children not make it out of a structure fire. While handling these emergencies, the toll it takes on your emotions is a hard on you. Little did I know, these were the easier of the “bad” calls.

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