My sincere thanks to first responders and medical personnel who don’t have the option of staying home to avoid an illness. This is a constant that I sometimes fail to appreciate. Whenever there’s a crisis, I’m reminded that these amazing people show up no matter what.I love those three words: No matter what. My friends in Narcotics Anonymous use them regularly. They say, “Don’t use no matter what” and “I love you no matter what.” My best wisdom comes directly from 12 step fel
First responders often carry a bag of burdens, regret, shame, and guilt. The work is tough and exhausting and sometimes we find ourselves wondering if we did our job well, if we are giving enough time and energy to our families and loved ones, why we can't seem to shake that one patient's face from our memory, and on and on. Being able to forgive ourselves and others helps to be able to let go some of those heavy burdens that we carry. We wanted to share a great article abou
When someone close becomes ill, by means of any kind of mental instability or disease, it’s incredibly difficult to comprehend what you are witnessing; as they begin to deteriorate. To be honest, it was like waiting for the show ‘Punked’ to come running out, because there was no possible way that this could really be happening. Hallucinations, panic attacks, suicide idealtion, their loss of positive memories due to complete cognitive distortion… sometimes they don’t even reme
The holidays are fast approaching. With Thanksgiving knocking on the door and Christmas and Hanukkah not far behind, it's easy for us to get wrapped up in the hustle and bustle of the season. For those that have experienced a loss, whether the loss has just occurred, or it has been years, the holiday season can bring difficult feelings and emotions. Loneliness and longing can be felt deeply; and sometimes a sense of not belonging, or not fitting in can be heart-wrenching.
Choosing an effective mental health and/or addictions counselor is a lot like choosing a good undertaker: nobody wants to need one and by the time you do; you’re probably in no shape to go shopping for one. The process can be confusing. There are a lot of options and simply navigating the alphabet soup of professional credentials can be overwhelming. It’s helpful to understand the different types of addiction professionals, your options for types of treatment, and strategies