A man helps his wife through embracing failure and relapse

Embracing the ‘Failure’ of Relapse

Relapse is more the rule than the exception in addiction recovery. In fact, relapse is considered a component of addiction, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), which says, “Addiction is a chronic, relapsing brain disease that is characterized by compulsive drug seeking and use, despite harmful consequences.” Instead of viewing relapse as…

A man clings to a staircase railing as he suffers from meth paranoia

Meth Paranoia and Domestic Violence Rates

Methamphetamine is a highly addictive, long-lasting chemical substance that affects the central nervous system and creates a feeling of intense euphoria in the user. Meth works by causing the brain to release very high levels of the chemical dopamine. Dopamine is a neurotransmitter that affects attention, alertness, motivation, and motor function. Elevated dopamine releases may…

An ambulance speeds by, as the viewers wonder how first responders cope with trauma

Helping First Responders Cope with Trauma

 First responders frequently suffer a traumatic injury. Whether from a single event or the cumulative impact of several events over time, most first responders don’t realize or recognize the impact. How should first responders cope with trauma? A necessary approach to their life-saving work is: Do first, feel later. When drawing a weapon, running into…