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…

Warriors Heart Foundation Announces it is a 2021 Carry The Load Non-Profit Partner Uniting to Restore the True Meaning of Memorial Day

Warriors Heart Foundation is proud to announce it will be a Carry The Load non-profit partner for the 2021 Memorial May campaign. As a part of Carry The Load’s Continuum of Care program, this partnership helps raise awareness and funds that are essential to helping our military, veterans, first responders and their families. [Warriors Heart…

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…

How to Maintain Healthy Boundaries with Clients

How to Maintain Healthy Boundaries with Clients Understanding boundaries is an important step to achieving physical and emotional health. They can empower you, protect your self-esteem, and lead to healthy relationships in your personal and professional life. Boundaries are limits or rules that help us understand what is safe and permissible, when dealing with other…

Facts about seasonal depression

The Facts About Seasonal Depression

Seasonal depression, also known as seasonal affective disorder (SAD), is often unfairly perceived as just “feeling down” during the the times of year when temperatures drop and the days grow shorter. But in reality, it is a subset of clinical depression that has been long been observed by mental health professionals, making its first appearance in scientific literature in the mid-19th century.