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Why Willpower Doesn’t Work

Family members and friends who are not addicts themselves often have no comprehension of how compelled an addict feels to continue their obsessive drug seeking behavior. Once a family understands from a biochemical standpoint why their loved one is choosing drugs over their family and friends, they begin to have greater compassion for the hell their loved one is trapped in. This takes a lot of the blame out of the family relationship so that the focus can shift to treatment.

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My Why: Rob Wilson

I am a US Army Veteran, former Police Officer and Corrections Officer. I am a father, husband, son and recovering opiate addict. I have served 5 tours of duty in Iraq, Cuba and Afghanistan in support of Operation Iraqi and Operation Enduring Freedom as a Military Police Officer.

I truly hope that someone reading this will find their way to treatment and get their life back as well. This disease of addiction truly is cunning, baffling and powerful. Don’t let one more day go by.

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My Why: Chris DeMeo

I sometimes have been asked why I am no longer in Law Enforcement and what am I doing today. The answer has always been really simple. After I explain “My Why,” people understand and almost always have a certain respect for my life’s mission.

I am proud to say that today I am moving forward with Warriors Heart and helping soldiers and first responders around the country. I have been blessed by the grace of God to be able to impact so many positively in the struggle.

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Tom Spooner

Heart Breakers

I wanted to start writing about War and matters of the Heart. We all have stories of what we did during Battle. I wanted to write about other aspects of War that were equally devastating to me.

We all understand what it is like to have your heart broken. From a girlfriend, death of a family member, big opportunity lost etc. Below is one that I have experienced and I know many of you have also.

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Annette Hill

De-stigmatizing Post Traumatic Stress

That the prevalence of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) have finally become openly acknowledged in our culture, and are the topic of great discussion, is a terrific thing. However, more work and progress to de-stigmatize those who suffer from the symptoms of these diagnoses has to be done.

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Addiction, PTSD, TBI and the Family

by Annette Hill

So, here you are… again. Any of this sound familiar: “How does this keep happening? He/she promised the last time was the last time!” “What am I doing wrong? What’s wrong with me? He/she says it’s because I do/say (fill in the blank) that he/she acts this way. Is it really my fault?”

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What is Euphoric Recall?

Euphoric recall is a psychological process where people exaggerate positive memories and block out any bad memories.

The process of euphoric recall is most associated with addiction. Addiction provokes the use of coping mechanisms that stimulate the brain. Self medicating coping mechanisms such as drugs, alcohol, sex, or even anger can feel good within a given moment. Euphoric recall focuses on these positive feelings without the context of negative feelings.

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My Why: Lisa Lannon

I am committed to doing what I love and loving what I do. To follow my why.

Why am I so passionate about assisting our Warriors in healing from addiction and PTSD?

Looking back and connecting the dots, like in Steve Jobs’ commencement speech to Stanford University in 2005, was easy. I didn’t have to look very far.

Sometimes we know our path and other times we get to look back to see if we are on the right track. Looking back also is key when healing from PTSD and addiction. We know the pain, the trauma and this is one way in clearing it so we can move forward.

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