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The Invisible Battle: A Police Officer's Journey Through Mental Health and Healing
25th August 2023 • University of Adversity • Lance W Essihos
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In this episode, we're delving into the world of policing and the tough challenges faced by those on the front lines of law enforcement. Our special guest is Nick Motycka, a former police officer with over 17 years of experience. Nick has a mission to help people heal from trauma through his special hemp organic cotton clothing line. Through his personal story, Nick shines a light on the mental health struggles that many in this demanding job go through.

During the episode, Nick talks openly about his own experiences seeking psychological support and how tough situations can take a toll on a person. We'll look at the everyday pressures that police officers deal with, the lack of time to unwind, and how focusing on tactics and safety can sometimes mean not paying enough attention to their own well-being. Nick's honesty shows just how important it is for police officers to get mental health support.

But the story doesn't end there. Nick also shares his own journey of healing, which started with being diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). This led him to explore different ways to heal and grow as a person. We'll learn how Nick tried out different methods like using psilocybin (magic mushrooms) to deal with deep hurts and learn to be kinder to himself.

As we follow Nick's story, we'll also learn about his decision to leave policing and try something new. We'll hear about the challenges he faced when starting his own clothing business in the fashion industry while dealing with big changes in his personal and professional life. Finally, Nick talks about how important it is to have good intentions, follow your instincts, and build a life that matches your values.

Join us as we go on this reflective journey with Nick Motycka. We'll uncover the complexities of policing, mental health, and personal growth. This episode is full of honesty, strength, and the determination to overcome tough times. Don't miss out on this important episode that will surely resonate with you.

Time Stamps

[00:01:16] Desire to help people, influenced by father.

[00:05:34] Policing: Dealing with lies, negative energy. Hardening.

[00:10:41] Policing trends positive, resources more available. Mental health support needed for officers.

[00:15:58] Overwhelmed by caseload, moved to investigations. Drug unit, then considered moving to Calgary. First responder role in Calgary, prefer investigations. Applied for crime reduction unit in Calgary.

[00:23:29] Undercover drug work in Calgary; disliked the deception and pressure.

[00:36:41] "Career filled with traumatic incidents and breakthrough."

[00:43:55] Life changes, gut reset, meditation, cannabis use. Sleep problems, career change, lockdowns. Online job affected by social turmoil. Mental breakdown leads to seeking help. Taking time off, journaling, prioritizing healing. Seeking psychological and spiritual therapy. Struggling with patience and relationships. Year and a half of therapy, no progress. Return to work program, pushing recovery.

[00:52:41] Shaman psychologist helps man overcome trauma and PTSD.

[01:08:25] January 2021: spiritual awakening, creating Flow State Designs, leaving policing due to personal and ethical reasons.

[01:14:25] Freedom from trauma, healing, and self-discovery.

[01:21:31] Your integrity and energy are commendable.

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