Managing #1stresponder PTSD

First Responders face dangerous and traumatic events on a daily basis.  There is no way to know or predict which event could affect a first responder negatively enough to cause post-traumatic stress disorder.

Unfortunately, in a culture of bravery and pride, asking for help can be seen as weakness and many do not seek the help they need.  They can be left to deal with PTSD on their own and revisit difficult and negative emotions over and over again. First Responders can feel like they are trapped in a painful past.

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First Responders & Binge Drinking…

By Safe Call Now Admin Staff

Not every first responder who struggles with alcohol addiction has a drink every day. You might think that restricting yourself to a few splurges here and there isn’t that harmful. Binge drinking (as defined by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism) is a pattern of alcohol consumption that raises the blood alcohol concentration (BAC) level to 0.08% or higher. Over a two-hour period, that’s roughly five or more drinks for men or four or more drinks for women. Despite not being classified as a severe alcohol use disorder, binge drinking still carries a number of significant risks both in the short-term and over the long haul for first responders

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It Won’t Happen To Me… Painkillers and Police Officers

By Safe Call Now Admin Staff

You’ve seen some terrible things on the job. Families torn apart by random acts of violence. Teenagers’ lives ruined or lost over drugs.

You’ve feared for your own life a few times, too.  It’s hard to talk about these feelings with your family, and why would you even want to? You want to protect them from feeling the way you do.

And mentioning anything to the other officers at work about the anxiety, fear or depression you’re experiencing is definitely out. You’ve heard the way they talk about the last guy who couldn’t cut it on the force.

Then, your doctor prescribes painkillers to help with a lingering injury you suffered on the job, and suddenly, you’re finding it easier to deal with those difficult emotions. While prescription painkillers can provide temporary relief from physical and even mental and emotional pain, they’re not a long-term solution for the issues you’re facing.

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