Save A Warrior™ Offers Hope for Veterans Suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress
Did you know that more than 80,000 Warriors have been lost to suicide over the last decade? That’s more than the 58,209 Warriors who lost their lives during 18 years of combat in Vietnam. Take a moment to let that sink in.
The staggering symptoms and effects of Post-Traumatic Stress (PTS) can be debilitating to active duty military, veterans and first responders who are struggling to cope with the aftermath of war. For Warriors facing severe stress, anxiety, paranoia and irritability—to say PTS can become overwhelming is an understatement. And sadly, conventional treatments (which typically consists of talk therapy and prescription medications) do not always help.
Thankfully, there’s a program that is changing (and saving) lives with innovative, alternative approaches to treatment. Save A Warrior™ was founded more than four years ago in Malibu, California with a mission to reduce the devastating effects of PTS for active duty personnel, returning Warriors, families and their communities. Through its “War Detox” program, Save A Warrior™ aims to reduce pain and increase resiliency utilizing a holistic approach to healing.
Save A Warrior’s™ President and Founder Jake Clark recently sat down with Gray Construction to answer a few questions:
If you had to offer one piece of advice to anyone suffering from PTS, what would it be?
Ask for and seek support.
What makes Save A Warrior’s™ treatments and methodology different from more traditional programs aimed at suicide prevention?
What Save A Warrior™ does differently is our "Warrior-led" (peer-to-peer) approach to healing; one where situations are addressed from a position of unconditional positive regard—there’s no judgment and no criticism. Underneath the anger is fear and shame. Returning Warriors are pleasantly surprised by how comfortable they feel when during a critical moment they hear a "Shepherd" (a Save A Warrior™ Alum) declare "me too.”
What can friends and family members do to help a loved one who may be suffering from PTS?
Listen without judgment. Failing that, seek their own support from a trusted community resiliency model such as Al Anon. This way, everyone has a chance to heal.
Save A Warrior’s™ program focuses on:
- The understanding that only part of PTS is a medical problem, which is the part responsible to the brain’s limbic system. Save A Warrior™ teaches Warrior Meditation® which has been proven to heal the brain.
- The healing of broken hearts by providing powerful opportunities to let go of the past.
- An emphasis on long-term behavioral changes through the daily practice of self-care and a focus on serving others.
To learn more about how Save A Warrior™ is changing countless lives of our nation’s heroes, click here.
Gray is a proud partner of Save A Warrior™ .