Reflecting Back After 15 years…

By Sean Riley – President & Founder Safe Call Now

March 17th, 2005 – St. Patrick’s Day… a time for celebration, fun and cheer.  For me, not so much, rather a time of self-reflection.  I wasn’t planning on writing this blog by any means until I realized what day it was and that it was the worst day of my life.  15 years ago today I was indicted by the U.S. Federal Government for Prescription Fraud and turned myself into the United States Marshals Service (USMS) in downtown Seattle, WA to be arrested.   Looking back, I was really arrogant and cocky, not believing any of this was going to impact my life in any way, I was a cop…  I couldn’t have been more wrong.

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Do 12 Step Programs Work For First Responers???

By Dr. Keith Marshall

You can go to a 12 step meeting and hear other people’s stories and decide if there are any similarities between their stories and yours. You can overcome some of your denial about addiction. You see that addiction can affect anybody. Good people, with good jobs, good families, and a sense of humor, can have an addiction. You may know that intellectually, but you need to believe it. Everybody likes to think that they’re special. But addiction is one of those times when it’s comforting to know that you’re not alone.

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Finding Your Strength…

By Steven Smith – Retired Assistant Chief

As first responders, we are often too tough for our own good. Refusing to admit that we have weak points and that we are frail and weak at times. Having to be strong in public becomes so ingrained in us that it becomes a way of life. It finds its way into every aspect of our life, from how we deal with the public, how we deal with our families, and how we deal with ourselves.

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