In 2010, PTSD day was established on June 27th, with June becoming PTSD awareness month in 2014. Many of our blogs and resources explore PTSD in relation to the primary victim, however, it is also important to remember that those effects ripple out into the PTSD sufferer’s network of friends, family and professional support.
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.
For those locked in the cycle of addiction, the urge to rely on alcohol can come at any time of day. This can include the end of the day, when some people use alcohol as a sleep aid. The relationship between alcohol and sleep is a delicate one, and for those who aren’t careful, the abuse of this relationship can lead to unhealthy habits and unhealthy, fitful sleep.
While the holiday season can be a time that many people look forward to, it can be an especially trying time for those who struggle to stay sober. From Thanksgiving to New Year’s, it’s almost inevitable that you’ll run into drug or alcohol-related influences at social gatherings. It may seem like a no-win situation, but don’t despair.
The relationship between addiction and mental illness has been shown to be complex by many researchers. For example, 55% of those who have an addiction to drugs or alcohol will eventually develop a mental disorder.
Quitting alcohol will change your life for the better, providing you a renewed opportunity to live life. However, during the recovery process it is fairly common to experience a few side effects.
Here are some ways to identify an overdose and what you can do to potentially save their life.