Through the Spouses Eyes: Dealing with our significant other’s addiction

“We have a saying in our family, ‘Those who fight the monster, should never become the monster.’ After his last deployment, something was different – he brought the monster home.” Alexis O’Donnell* recalls the moment she first realized she no longer recognized the man she had been married to for over 20 years. The father…

Medication Assisted Treatment For Opioid Addiction: A New Perspective

When Americans are asked to recognize U.S. service members, law enforcement and first responders, the feelings of reverence honoring those men and women are of unity and appreciation. The recognition that these heroes sacrifice their safeties in daily battles is generally met with gratitude and celebration. But these heroes are fighting even after their life…

Caring for Our Caregivers during Isolation

Working within high stress environments is familiar for first responders, law enforcement, emergency room and intensive care staff. Frontline workers have been trained to maintain a level of composure while performing complicated procedures like gunshot wounds, heart attacks, and patients coding. The COVID-19 pandemic introduced a new challenge to this group of professionals; a chronic…

Jiu-jitsu Is More Than What It Appears

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu developed from the work of two brothers named Carlos and Helio Gracie who learned the techniques from a Japanese man named Mitsuyo Maeda who migrated to Brazil around 1917. Jiu-jitsu is not what it appears. When people learn that I study Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, a common response I get is, “Oh you do MMA.”  They think of me as a fighter in a cage or ring. This is a narrow perception of…

STAYING AFLOAT IN A SEA OF UNCERTAINTY

By Dr. Rick Boone Clinical Director, Warriors Heart As the constantly-evolving news of the Covid-19 pandemic sweeps across the nation and covers our world with apprehension and conflicting points of view, we at Warriors Heart are taking a thoughtful, balanced approach in an effort to protect ourselves and our clients from careless exposure to illness…

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Transitioning From Active Duty to Civilian Life

Shifting from military life can be a delicate transition, especially if you served for many years or have retired for medical reasons. It is during this time that many veterans find themselves at a crossroads which can lead them down a path of health and success, or a route to addiction and self-destruction. The choices made at the beginning of this journey will create the foundation of that path, which is why it is so crucial to be properly educated on the hurdles, pitfalls and support resources that await.

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What Makes Opioids So Addictive?

Opioid addiction has become a subject of concern for many in the United States. Whether it be a family member who is currently undergoing the ill effects of opioid addiction or a loved one recovering from this addiction, it’s important to understand the effects of opioids in the body and the role that addiction plays when they are in use.