We believe that peer support specialists have an important role to play in critical incident stress management and PTSD support for veterans. These men and women put their lives on the line to act on behalf of our country during international missions.
In many cases, active duty means having to see and hear things that would horrify civilians. Military personnel don’t have the luxury of being shocked and horrified, however. They have a mission to carry out and fellow soldiers to protect. When they come home, it can soon become very obvious that these critical incidents have taken their toll, however.
Reestablishing A Connection Between The Head And The Heart
In a recent article published by Fox News, Avinash Ramsadeen reported on the fact that MDMA, known on the street as “ecstasy” is being used to help veterans with PTSD re-establish the connection between their brain and emotions that is severed during these critical incidents.
“Some of the effects MDMA can have on a person include euphoria and a feeling of overwhelming love. Dr. Elizabeth Drew, a board-certified family physician who specializes in addiction medicine and is the medical director of Summit Behavior Health, told FoxNews.com that if a trained therapist can harness these emotions correctly, they can help the patient navigate through the trauma that causes their PTSD,” writes Ramsadeen.
Peer Support Specialists Guide Veterans Toward PTSD Therapy
When it comes to convincing a veteran with PTSD that such a radical treatment may be necessary, peer support specialists can play a pivotal role. When patients feel close to their peer support specialist, they’re more likely to take recommendations for professional therapy.
Contact us to learn more about how we can help you become a certified peer support specialist today.