Speaking with Jason Coulthard was definitely an eyeopener. Jason explains how years of working as a detective in drug enforcement led him to accumulate an incredible amount of trauma. His subsequent recovery from PTSD is the conversation we have on the podcast today. Jason explains how you can get yourself out of the trauma hole.
How much trauma have you accumulated over the years? Over an entire career of policing, Jason has accumulated more than his fair share. Although he doesn’t get into the most gruesome details of his experience as a narcotics detective, investigating some of the most brutal cartels and gangs on the planet, you can imagine the level of horror when dealing with torture, murder and retribution. He, like many in his line of work, need to pack that away. This is where the central nervous system gets wrecked.
The Accumulation Phase
Crucial to understanding Jason’s story is how childhood trauma led to severe PTSD in adulthood. He never imagined the trauma he endured as a ten-year-old boy would follow him into his career and eventually, nearly cost him his life.We often think that being “tough” and sucking it up is the noble, stoic thing to do. Don’t get me wrong, it has its merits when things need to get done in a dangerous and serious situation. However, what we’ve completely neglected, as a society, is the requirement to actually deal with that incident after it is over. Like Navy SEAL Cmdr (Ret’d)Jon Macaskill said on one of our recent podcasts, “…that trauma is working out in your basement, getting stronger, the longer you don’t address it.”
The Trauma Hole
Jason gives us a great analogy to what it’s like to be injured psychologically. Falling in a hole and not knowing how to get out but people keep presenting you unrealistic and useless solutions until someone decides to get in the hole with you and figure out a plan. This is how Jason has gotten out of his hole and I encourage you to listen to his journey, from hell and back. The big picture is that Jason believes that we need to treat the human not the symptoms. Our western medical practices are consumed with prescriptions and one off treatments and it makes healing from something complex like PTSD, nearly impossible. PTSD is complex and so the solutions need to be multivariable and wholistic.
With this in mind, Jason has committed to opening a new treatment retreat for members of the police and EMS communities.
“I want to create a family-oriented, self-sustained community to address underlying issues that are causing 80 per cent of our mental and physical injuries.”
New Hope Field Of Dreams will combine new and currently available resources, backed by properly trained, fully comprehensive teams, who will work hand-in-hand with the injured and their family, providing the proper resources to heal their specific operational stress injuries and prevent them from returning. It’s Canada’s first self-sustained multi-functional family revival retreat, on 133 acres.
I honestly can’t wait to see the progress on this ambitious project and hope that this step in the right direction helps to change the culture around PTSD.
Train Hard, Fight Easy
Dave is a retired infantry officer and Afghanistan war veteran. He’s the creator of the HRD2KILL training program that was built on the principles that got him from not being able to get out of bed to competing in the Crossfit Open, Spartan Races and the Montreal Gaelic Athletics Association. You can find more mobility based exercises in his new book, “The Nimble Warrior”, now available on Apple Books and Amazon or read his new HRD2KILL Blog