The West Warwick Tragedy

Surviving, rescuing, witnessing, or losing a loved one or friend through a traumatic event such as the fire at The Station may leave people with strong physical and emotional reactions.

There are many usual and common reactions to such a trauma. Not everyone will experience all or even some of them; however, if you do, it is important to remember that for most people these reactions will diminish over time from a few days to several weeks or more.

Common Emotional Reactions

  • anxiety
  • fear
  • guilt
  • feeling irritable or angry
  • sadness
  • confusion
  • memory loss
  • feeling numb
  • unwelcome thoughts or visions
  • avoiding people

Common Physical/Social Reactions

  • sweating
  • chills
  • sleep disturbances and nightmares
  • fatigue
  • startle easily
  • eating problems
  • assorted aches and pains
  • excessive dependence on prescribed drugs
  • increased use of alcohol and other drugs

What you can do to help yourself

  • Try to talk to others about your experience. If family or friends find this too upsetting, talk with professional counselors or clergy.
  • Maintain your social contacts and stay active. Try to keep your regular schedule.
  • Limit your use of alcohol and other controlled substances.
  • If sleep is disturbed, don’t toss and turn in bed. Read or watch TV.
  • Don’t try to “think away” feelings or flashbacks. They will lessen over time.
  • If your appetite is disturbed, try to eat small portions of healthy foods.
  • Try to get more physical exercise.
  • Engage in outlets that have value to you and bring comfort such as religion, reading, art, movies, games, hobbies.

For referrals or questions, call (401) 738-4300.