By Chelsea Davenport – Co-Founder PEAK 1 Wellness
I have a very dear friend that had a baby girl at then end of last summer. What was a happy and blissful time with this new addition to her family soon turned out to be a very scary time. A few weeks after her birth she was having serious health concerns which landed her in the hospital. Her situation was so severe that she had to be transferred to a different hospital that was better equipped to handle her critical condition. She then needed to be put on life support and was fighting for her life.
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By Safe Call Now Admin
Life after treatment for a first responder can be an adjustment, but if you follow a few simple tips, the transition to an independent life can be smooth and successful.
Follow Your Aftercare Program
You’ll exit your treatment armed with an aftercare plan to help prevent relapse, so it’s important to closely follow your individualized plan. Studies show that extended substance abuse treatment utilizing an aftercare program is associated with improved outcomes.
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By Nick Roshdieh – First Responder & Family Wellness
First responders experience daily stress and trauma, which can increase their chances of developing an addiction or mental health disorder. Even with the specialty training they receive, the constant exposure to horrible images of destruction, fire, injuries, violence and death can take its toll.
While they bear the immense responsibility of saving lives, at times, they might be too late. Sometimes death has already occurred, as in the case of a reported homicide. Besides law enforcement, other first responders include paramedics and firefighters, combat veterans, park rangers, corrections officers, emergency medical technicians (EMT’s), dispatchers and other rescue workers.
Often, the images and situations they encounter during their day-to-day jobs can lead to an array of trauma related disorders including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), acute stress disorder and other co-occurring disorders.
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