First responders are the unsung heroes of our community. Paramedics, dispatchers, police officers, and firefighters are the first trained professionals to respond to an emergency. We seldom think of the risks they take every time they put on their uniform. Accidents, trauma, pain, loss, grief – possibly the worst day in our lives is the daily life of first responders. The cumulative toll on their mental health is enormous. If you are a first responder, you know how the stress of the job continues and accumulates over time. Even after the shift ends, you may find you’re struggling with stress, anxiety, depression, and getting a good nights’ sleep.
If you can relate all too well to the stress and trauma that comes from your work as a first responder, you are not alone – but there is a way to feel better. What follows is one first responder’s life-changing experience with Alpha-Stim®.
About five months ago, a colleague introduced me to Dr. Cherek, [who] was seeking volunteers to determine if Alpha-Stim is beneficial to first responders struggling with trauma and other mental and behavioral health issues. Dr. Cherek’s professional services focus on active and former first responders and their family members who are struggling with the effects of personal and vicarious Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), anxiety, insomnia, pain management, and other stressors.
As a former first responder, I continued having bouts with PTSD, negative thinking, and insomnia. After conducting an assessment, Dr. Cherek determined that I met the criteria for Alpha-Stim therapy.
My first session with Dr. Cherek commenced in April 2020. Approximately two weeks into our sessions, I began experiencing a cessation in the restlessness, irritability, and negative thinking that I would intermittently experience.
The benefit of including Alpha-Stim in our counseling sessions can be described in one word: Stupendous! At the beginning of week three, friends and professional colleagues began noticing an improvement in my disposition, evidenced by the unconscious whistling of a tune, singing, and initiating humorous exchanges.
What was most appreciated was the dramatic decrease in melancholia and stress. Even episodes of insomnia began to decrease. I had also begun experiencing an increase in energy levels as well as a clearer mind. There was also a quelling of negative fixations and ruminations. Alpha-Stim helped me to manage intrusive thoughts.
Alpha-Stim is a therapeutic intervention that I would recommend for not only first responders and their families but to any individuals struggling with trauma and other stressors. It’s my belief that this intervention would be highly efficacious in schools for youths and adolescents struggling with personal issues (suicidal ideations, negative thinking, low self-esteem, eating disorders, etc.)
Alpha-Stim has changed my life!
-Dr. J.D. Rogers
Dr. Rogers’ experiences echo those of many other first responders. A study by SAMHSA (2018) reported that one in three first responders have depression and PTSD. These brave heroes, who seldom ask for help, report contemplating suicide 10 times more frequently than other Americans, at a rate of 37%. Firefighters are more likely to die by suicide than by responding to a fire.
The testimonial of Dr. Rogers is bolstered by the enthusiastic feedback from his prescribing physician, Dr. Corinne Cherek:
As a grief and spiritual counselor, I work primarily with abuse, addiction, grief, loss, suicide, & trauma. I have witnessed a plethora of clients suffer immensely, many discouraged, and not wanting any more prescription medications.
When I was introduced to Alpha-Stim, the COVID 19 pandemic was affecting all of us. In 20 minutes [with Alpha-Stim], I felt as if I had meditated for several hours. I realized that I could use Alpha-Stim to cope with compassion fatigue and stress management.
I shared my experience with a colleague who was a former first responder. He had just experienced the deaths of several loved ones and was struggling. He agreed to be a test subject for me. Witnessing his transformation before my eyes was nothing less than a miracle.
I had referred him to a colleague who provides EMDR and Alpha-Stim in an effort to address PTSD. Between the two of us, he was receiving Alpha-Stim an average of 5-6 times per week. In a matter of weeks, he was whistling and making great progress.
As I shared the test subject’s results, especially with my first responder clients, they were willing to have a session that included Alpha-Stim. I have several firefighters and police officers who have highly benefited from Alpha-Stim, most in just one session. It is my hope and dream to find a way so that each first responder has an Alpha-Stim.
Alpha-Stim has been proven time and again to safely and effectively relieve anxiety, insomnia, and depression. It is an FDA cleared medical device – not a drug – so there is no risk of addiction or lingering side effects that could interfere with your ability to perform your duties.
More than 100 clinical research studies back the effectiveness of Alpha-Stim. In fact, one study looked specifically at the use of Alpha-Stim among first responders and found it to be effective even for this highly stressed demographic.
There is no shame in feeling stressed, anxious, depressed, or burned out from your work. Even heroes need a helping hand every now and then. Click here to learn more and get started today. Financing options are available, and we are proud to offer special pricing for first responders.
Alpha-Stim® is an FDA cleared, handheld medical device that has been proven time and again to effectively treat acute, post-traumatic, and chronic pain, as well as anxiety, insomnia, and depression. Alpha-Stim uses cranial electrotherapy stimulation (CES), delivered through a patented waveform via two earclip electrodes, to treat anxiety, insomnia, and depression. Microcurrent electrical therapy (MET) delivers pain relief directly to the source of discomfort via two handheld Smart Probes.
The safety and effectiveness of Alpha-Stim is backed by over 100 independent clinical research studies. Unlike with medications, there is no risk of addiction or lasting side effects.
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