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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Generational PTSD

By Steven Smith – Retired Assistant Chief

We get a lot from our parents and heritage. I have my mother’s eyes as she had her mother’s eyes, I have my father to thank for being mechanically inclined. I could go on but you get the point. We receive so much from our parents and ancestors through DNA and learned behavior. Have you asked what if they passed down something that wasn’t beneficial? New studies are showing that PTSD can be passed not only through learned behavior, but through DNA.

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Praying Away PTSD

By Vanessa Stapleton – President Armor Up West Virginia

People will recognize every injury out there as long as they can see it. The problem with PTSD is that often it is only those in the immediate family who see PTSD’s devastation. Those who see behind closed doors the nightmares, insomnia, anxiety, panic attacks, severe isolation, bursts of rage, and so much more that those outside of the home are not privy to seeing. First responders and military are trained so well to maintain a sense of calm in crisis, therefore, they are excellent at hiding their PTSD in public. The family, however, often sees it for months and years before it becomes to known to others. The problem this creates is that by the time others realize there is an issue, the PTSD has become the least of the problem often overshadowed by drinking, addiction (which includes medication, porn, sex, gambling), and the family falling apart.

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