by Peggy Sweeney An open letter to a friend who is struggling with addiction. I think of you often. Tonight, I decided to put my thoughts on paper. When I was in my early forties, I was a young wife and mother with three small children. Due to circumstances at that time, I planned my … Continue reading “Never Let Your Fear Decide Your Destiny”
by Dana Read Dana's previous article, A Day in the Life of an Addict with PTSD, about her struggle with addiction. -------------- Heading down a dark path, I've had my moments of crying, screaming and wishing I were dead. Moments of remembering it all, trying to take it all back and drowning out the pain. I … Continue reading Who Would I Be?
by Steven Gerlang, EMT Central Islip Hauppauge Volunteer Ambulance Our emergency service workers; Police Officers, Firefighters, Paramedics and Emergency Medical Technicians: psychological well-being is often taken for granted and over looked. Studies have shown that there are roughly 18 to 20 members of our Emergency Services that take their own lives each day here in … Continue reading Who Helps Those That Help Us
Don had a sixteen-year career with the Brookhaven Fire Department in New York. He managed a two-station department with 80 members and fifteen apparatus. He is a former New York State certified EMT, a former member of the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 36 and is proud to have served as a first responder … Continue reading Coping with Addiction
by Marla Friedman, Psy.D., P.C. I started my career in mental health in 1979. I had graduated with a shiny fresh degree in psychology, though I had more hours in studio art and art history than in psychology. Unfortunately, my interest in art was limited by my lack of talent. I also noticed that being … Continue reading How To Survive A Professional Ambush