Peer support groups are an excellent way to begin your personal development journey. You are in a safe zone here, surrounded by fellow warriors who have gone through similar events to those you've encountered and been influenced by. In addition, you may talk about day-to-day issues with other individuals who have gone through trauma here. Or perhaps start properly in life when transitioning from numerous life situations. A peer support group might be an excellent supplement to your treatment since it can help you feel connected to other people. Our groups are led by experienced professionals. Nothing beats hearing words of encouragement from one's comrades in arms.
Combat-related experiences can result in several mental and physical challenges. Some of the most common are intrusive memories, nightmares, sleep difficulties, heightened anxiety and vigilance, excessive startle (for example, jumping at the sound of a car backfiring), feelings of depression, and avoidance of things that remind the survivor of the traumatic experience. Survivors also report irritability, anger, and feelings of being numb inside. The Combat-Related Trauma group will allow members to discuss their experiences and build coping mechanisms to manage associated PTSD symptoms.
Many individuals who develop substance use disorders are also diagnosed with mental disorders such as anxiety, depression, and PTSD. By seeking treatment for addiction and co-occurring behavioral and mental health disorders, you can work on successfully attaining the fulfilling and healthy life you deserve. Substance abuse groups help validate experiences, continue personal progress and momentum, foster self-acceptance, and build coping skills.
Emotion regulation is the ability to exert control over one’s emotional state. It may involve behaviors such as rethinking a challenging situation to reduce anger or anxiety, hiding visible signs of sadness or fear, or focusing on reasons to feel happy or calm. This group will focus on building skills for emotional regulation resiliency.
As hard as it is to be a Veteran or First Responder, it can also be challenging to support them as caregivers, spouses, partners, and other family members. PTSD can cause problems in relationships, making day-to-day chores, communication, attachment, and self-care complex. Being able to rely on a supportive community and establish your support system outside of your direct relationship with your warrior helps you to use resiliency, independence, and coping methods to overcome obstacles.
When we experience stress, our bodies automatically react in ways that trigger the fight or flight response. In some cases of extreme danger, this physical response is helpful. However, a prolonged state of such agitation can cause additional mental and physical health issues. Meditation affects the body in precisely the opposite ways that stress does—by triggering the body's relaxation response. It restores the body to a calm state, helping the body repair itself and preventing new damage from the physical effects of stress. It can calm your mind and body by quieting the stress-induced thoughts that keep your body's stress response triggered.
Anger is an entirely normal, usually healthy, human emotion. But when it gets out of control and turns destructive, it can lead to problems—problems at work, in your relationships, and the overall quality of your life. And it can make you feel as though you're at the mercy of an unpredictable and powerful emotion. Anger management aims to reduce both your emotional feelings and the physiological arousal that anger causes. You can't get rid of, or avoid, the things or the people that enrage you, nor can you change them, but you can learn to control your reactions. It's best to find out what triggers your anger and then develop strategies to keep those triggers from taking control of your emotions.
Practicing a spiritual or religious faith makes working any Twelve Step Program even easier. Faith is conducive to recovery because it addresses multiple areas of substance use disorder. Though science and faith are often at odds, recovery is one goal to work together. Medical treatments, evidence-based therapies, and faith can combat the disease. Faith can serve as your motivation for recovery, reduce your risk of relapsing, and help you holistically change your life.