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Understanding a First Responder’s Addiction

By: Carlos Farina, MS, MCAP, ICADC, CHT, NBCCH Deputy Sheriff (RET) Military Veteran Help For Our Heroes Program Founder and Director It has been well documented that the most stressful career in the world is in the field of law enforcement, followed by [...]

By |2019-06-19T17:01:47+00:00June 18th, 2019|Words From Our Heroes|0 Comments

The Blue Line: Substance Abuse Among Police Officers

In this country, we rely on the men and women in blue to keep us safe from all manner of dangers. The members of our police forces stand ready and willing to serve and protect at every hour of every day. Yet, for many, that [...]

By |2019-06-19T15:05:27+00:00April 9th, 2019|Police Officers, Substance Abuse|0 Comments

How Common Is Gabapentin Abuse?

Gabapentin is known as Neurontin in its generic form and it is an anticonvulsant used to treat seizures. Gabapentin is not a controlled substance and has little potential for abuse or addiction when taken alone and as prescribed. However, when gabapentin is taken with other [...]

By |2019-06-19T14:46:10+00:00April 9th, 2019|Substance Abuse|0 Comments

On Guard, in Trouble: Correction Officers and Substance Abuse

Correction officers are a vital part of a lawful society. It is their job to watch over those who were judged and sentenced. They protect civilians from those prisoners, they protect prisoners from each other. Oftentimes, they protect prisoners from themselves. It is a tough [...]

Corrections Officers and Mental Health

When we think about law enforcement and mental health, many people picture police officers. Yet, according to studies, prison workers have a high rate of mental health issues. In fact, some studies show a higher rate of mental health problems in corrections officers than in [...]

PTSD and Substance Abuse: What Is the Correlation?

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) affects those who have experienced or witnessed a traumatic event. Whether it is due to their job, combat experiences, natural disasters, or sexual assault, people with PTSD are more at risk for substance abuse issues. What is the correlation and why [...]

By |2019-06-19T14:51:13+00:00April 9th, 2019|PTSD, Substance Abuse|0 Comments

Learning to Cope, Live, and Thrive with PTSD

When you think of someone who has PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder), you may think of a soldier of war who has endured unspeakable torture or seen horrendous deaths while in a battle, but the disorder encompasses so much more. Educating yourself about the causes of [...]

By |2019-06-19T14:55:32+00:00April 9th, 2019|Mental Health, PTSD|0 Comments

The Impact of Mental Illness on Police Officers

Over the past few years, preserving the mental health of police officers has become a significant priority. The impact of mental illness on law enforcement, including issues surrounding addiction, is more apparent than ever. After all, these professionals are at high risk for developing poor [...]

By |2019-06-19T14:58:11+00:00April 2nd, 2019|Mental Health, Police Officers|0 Comments

Veterans and Substance Abuse: Why Is It So Prevalent?

Statistics on substance abuse show high numbers. Yet, the figures for veterans and substance abuse show higher statistics and these numbers continue to grow. This begs the question of, "Veterans and substance abuse. Why is it so prevalent?" PTSD and Substance Abuse One of the [...]

By |2019-06-19T14:59:19+00:00April 2nd, 2019|Military, Substance Abuse|0 Comments

Police Substance Abuse: Police Trauma and Addiction

Police officers deal with stress and trauma on a daily basis. Their grueling schedules are just part of the problem. Police officers deal with fatalities, rapes, child abuse, domestic violence, and more. All this combined paints a part of the bigger picture of why substance [...]

By |2019-06-19T15:00:14+00:00April 2nd, 2019|Police Officers, Substance Abuse|0 Comments