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Before Hiring Home Health

Providing care for a family member who is sick or disabled can be challenging without some kind of help. If there are no other family members available to assist with the care needed, then consider hiring a home health care agency that can provide nurses and nursing assistants who can provide care in the home. This is a benefit so that your loved one doesn’t have to go to a nursing home or assisted living facility, staying in a place where they are comfortable and enjoy seeing their belongings.

When you begin looking for home health care agencies Bethesda MD offers, there are a few questions you should ask as well as a few things that you should keep in mind pertaining to the kind of service that is needed. Ask about the services that are offered by the agency and what you would be responsible for pertaining to the care of your loved one. You also need to ask about the certifications and licenses held by the workers. There are some agencies that will hire people who aren’t certified as home health workers.

Talk to the agency about home health and personal care. There is a difference between the two services. Personal care is more along the lines of bathing, helping with getting dressed, and helping with meals while home health involves assisting with medications, caring for wounds, and helping with medical treatments. Home health is often provided by nurses and therapists while personal care is usually provided by assistants and those who work without a license but who have gone through training with the agency to care for clients. Ask about the services that insurance will cover and if you need to pay for anything out of pocket as this can sometimes dictate how often someone comes to help with your loved one and the services that are provided.

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When to Opt for Liposuction?

Unfortunately, overweight affects more and more of our community. As you know, obesity can be the cause of many serious diseases, so it is worth fighting for it. However, how quickly and easily to drop a few or even several kilos? One of the most effective ways to get rid of unwanted fatty tissue is liposuction. Interestingly, the procedure consists not only in removing fat accumulated, but also in body shaping. When is it worth to undergo liposuction?

When the diet does not bring results

Many people want to lose excess pounds and decide on strict diets. Unfortunately, adhering to the principles of balanced nutrition is very difficult. What’s more, it requires strong will and patience. No wonder that in most cases, a low-calorie diet does not bring the intended results. For those who have lost their weight without success by eliminating sugar or fats from the diet, liposuction seems to be the best solution. Especially if they lack the motivation to take other methods to remove body fat. Lots of men and women who decided to liposuction confirm that such a solution allowed them to regain self-confidence.

When there is no time to exercise

It happens that someone would like to practice, but there is no time or space for it. A big problem arises when it concerns people who are struggling with advanced overweight. As you know, regular workouts stimulate the body to burn fats and faster metabolism. When a person does not play sports at all, there is a systematic accumulation of adipose tissue in the tissues. It is definitely worth sacrificing figure exercises for 30 minutes a day. Nevertheless, overweight people who are not able to make up so much time should undergo liposuction. The treatment will allow them to get rid of excess kilograms, which will definitely translate into increased attractiveness, as well as self-confidence.

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5 Reasons Marriages Harboring Addiction Can End in Divorce

The only thing more unthinkable than leaving was staying;

the only thing more impossible than staying was leaving.

I didn’t want to destroy anything or anybody.

I just wanted to slip quietly out the back door…

and then not stop running until I reached Greenland.”

– Elizabeth Gilbert, author of “Eat, Pray, Love”

 

Irreconcilable differences…

I’ve experienced many “irreconcilable differences” with people in my life, in my friendships and relationships, including many a bartender too. In the most part, I must admit, you can lay any blame right at my door, due to the impact and unflinching stranglehold my drug and alcohol addiction had on that closeness, those bonds we had, and which I usually broke by my actions. The bartenders? Oh, they were always my friends, my buddies – until, of course, the inevitable barfight. And then they weren’t.

If you want to kill a relationship of any kind with someone you care about, addiction will do it. It’s never quick, and it is certainly never clean. Addiction is slowly killing the addict, and believe me when I say that it will slowly kill the most important relationships you hold dear. It doesn’t care if it’s your childhood sweetheart, your best friend, your spouse, or your Mom – they’re all fair game.

One of these relationships has a lot more riding on it, though, than the others – marriage. Your children, your vows, and your finances, for a start. Now before we go any further, I’d best make it clear I am not, and have never been, married. Maybe, one day that will happen, but, as of today… No. So, if I’ve never been married, why am I bothering to put pen to paper (fingertips to keyboard, in reality)? Just two things: love and addiction, and I know both very well. Very, very well.

My name is Andy, I’m a successful digital marketing entrepreneur in my mid-thirties (I’ve got loads of time to find the “one,” see?), and a quick resume of my life would read… Teenage alcoholic, addicted to meth by nineteen, two years in the state pen, release, relapse, drug detox and rehab, and sobriety (that has lasted well over nine years). Not your average adolescence, I’ll admit, but I often wonder if I hadn’t walked that particular road in my life, would I now be on this one? One where I’m happy, content and fulfilled? I doubt it.

Now, divorce in the U.S., as with most things, depends on the state it’s in (seriously, no pun intended, but that was quite good), and the most popular avenue is the “no-fault divorce,” which requires no allegation or evidence of fault by either of the two parties. No-fault grounds for divorce include irreconcilable differences (where you can pin addiction onto), irremediable breakdown, and incompatibility (how you actually get to the step right before divorce proceedings in a marriage when it suddenly dawns on you both you’re incompatibile, I’ll never know).

So why is addiction the end of so many marriages? Let’s look at how substance abuse affects the addict and their social health, which is your ability to maintain healthy, rewarding connections and relationships. Here are your 5 reasons why marriages harboring addiction can end in divorce – we’ll begin with one you can’t actually see:

#1. Substance Abuse & The Brain

Fact: Substance abuse restructures and, ultimately, damages the addict’s brain. Actual brain damage that, obviously, you can’t see. Long-term substance abuse, either alcohol, drugs, prescription meds or a combination of these, directly affects the way the brain functions. The circuits that are affected include those that control:

  • Pleasure / reward
  • Decision-making
  • Stress
  • Learning and memory
  • Impulses

The visible or noticeable results of this damage can include:

  • Mental health disorders, such as
    • Anxiety
    • Stress
    • Sleep disorders
  • Depression
    • Uncontrollable aggression
    • Possible psychosis
  • Memory impairment, such as blackouts
  • Actual brain shrinkage
  • Hepatic Encephalopathy (caused by cirrhosis of the liver)
  • Wernicke-Korsakoff Syndrome: Symptoms include
    • Severe memory loss
    • Confabulation (or invented memories)
    • Inability to converse
    • Lack of perception

#2. Reproductive / Sexual Function

I am now going to make the assumption that part of any healthy marriage is a healthy sex life, and highly likely is a desire to start a family too. Think I’m on safe ground with that one. Unfortunately, the addicted spouse is going to be experiencing issues in that department (and it doesn’t matter if you’re a man or a woman – addiction doesn’t discriminate).

The hormonal system takes a serious beating with substance abuse. The two primary hormones for the regulation of your reproductive functions are androgens, such as testosterone, and estrogens, such as estradiol, and are synthesized in the testes for men and the ovaries for women. Obviously.

In men, hormones affect sexual maturity, sperm development / fertility, and sexual behavior. In women, hormones affect several functions, predominantly breast development, body hair, menstrual cycle regulation, and maintaining a healthy pregnancy.

For example, chronic alcohol consumption interferes with all of these functions, and can result in hormonal imbalance, infertility, and sexual dysfunction. Some of the problems that alcohol consumption can cause by interfering with the male hormonal system include:

  • Reduced testosterone
  • Male breast growth
  • Abnormal sperm, and
  • Sexual and reproductive disorders

In women who are premenopausal, chronic alcohol consumption can result in several reproductive disorders, such as:

  • Cessation of menstruation
  • Irregular menstrual cycles
  • Menstrual cycles with no ovulation
  • Early menopause, and
  • Spontaneous abortions

#3. Addiction & Finances

Finances are one of the biggest sources of disagreement within a marriage, and that’s before you throw an addiction into the equation. Google the term “cost of addiction in US,” and you’ll get plenty of results, with all of them running into billion-dollar sums.

For example, the financial cost of alcohol addiction alone in the U.S. is $249 billion every single year. Look at the problem of U.S. drug misuse, and the figure gets higher. Addiction and abuse of drugs costs an estimated $484 billion every year, including such things as healthcare, lost wages, crime and associated criminal proceedings, to name but a few of the knock-on effects.

However, that’s pretty irrelevant and inconsequential to the spouse in a marriage who isn’t the addict. Money going missing with no explanation, lost jobs, court fines, to name but a few. And let’s not forget the actual cost of the addiction itself. In my quite detailed experience, addiction doesn’t come cheap under any terms – in financial terms, it can be equally crippling.

#4. Addiction & Domestic Violence

Here’s a thing about addicts. They believe they’re good people (and mostly, like those not addicted, they are). However, they also believe they are nice people when they’re drunk or high. And that’s where big problems can lie in wait, before springing up with no warning.

The following statistics are irrefutable. Alcohol and/or drug use is prominent in:

  • 80% of domestic violence incidents
  • Half of all sexual assaults
  • 81% of interventions by Child Protective Services

Here’s another statistic. Sadly, 45% of people with untreated substance abuse disorders take their own lives. Clearly, from all the statistics mentioned, addiction is heavily linked to tragic and violent incidents. The only protection for you and others is recovery treatment.

#5. Unpredictability

If there was one thing that used to spell the end of any kind of relationships I had when my addiction was running riot, it was my unpredictability. Girlfriends could never judge what kind of mood I’d be in when they came home, let alone what state I’d be in. I was irrational, prone to sudden bursts of anger, sadness, and euphoria.

My saving grace was that I was never violent to them. Being out with friends/fellow addicts? Well, that was a different story… I was always the first to clench my fists. My bizarre reactions to just normal daily stuff scared the women around me, that I knew, but was helpless to control either my mood or my behavior..

Successful Relationships…

Relationships can be complex issues at the best of times, regardless of the daunting presence of addiction within them. They take work to maintain. Successful relationships are based upon honesty, respect, and compromise, which are qualities in a person that addiction will destroy.

These 5 reasons marriages harboring addiction can end in divorce – a restructured, possibly damaged brain, reproductive and sexual dysfunction, finances, violence, and unpredictability – have seen many a loving relationship torn apart. It is only when the addict realizes that the irreconcilable differences that exist in the relationship are solely down to their own irreconcilable differences with their drug of choice that a future together can be salvaged.

What experiences of you had of a marriage or relationship that has harbored addiction? Please, do share with your fellow readers by commenting below. Lastly, if you are the addict in a marriage or a relationship, please seek help for your addiction. As someone who has walked in your shoes, it is the only way. Godspeed.

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How to Get the Care You Need If You Have Anxiety

Did you know that the most common mental problem facing adults in America today is anxiety? It’s true, and it affects more people than you may realize. In fact, experts say that up to 40 million Americans are currently dealing with some kind of anxiety disorder, from generalized anxiety disorder to social anxiety disorder or panic disorder. If you or someone that you love is coping with anxiety, it may make it difficult to get the medical care that is needed. Here are some tips to help you make sure that you’re getting the care that you deserve.

First of all, it is important that you talk to your doctors about your current situation. In many cases, your doctor or another healthcare provider can help you and accommodate your needs. For example, you may be able to use an open MRI scanner rather than the more traditional closed model. This could help people who are dealing with a panic disorder and cannot handle the experience of being inside an enclosed space. Similarly, your dentist can help you to prepare for and get through a dental exam with the right treatment for your anxiety. Don’t suffer through something when you can get the help that you need.

Of course, the most common problem that people with anxiety face when it comes to getting medical treatment is people simply skipping the doctor’s office altogether. Too many people with anxiety put off going to the doctor either because they have social anxiety and don’t want to deal with the stress of going in or because they are worried about the results of any tests. You can deal with this by making routine appointments online and by scheduling them in advance.

Finally, don’t be afraid to turn to friends and family with your problems and ask for you. You may be surprised to find out that other people you know have anxiety, too. When you help each other, you can both get the care you need.

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Choosing Rehab centers

Rehab center is a place where people who are over addicted to alcohol or drugs are treated. Rehab centers helps affected people to recover fast and come to normal stage to live in the society. Before starting the rehabilitation process, the patient undergone through detoxification process.

Detox is the initial step for treatment, in this phase the patient’s physical, mental and medical conditions are identified to give a proper treatment. After that the crucial phase rehabilitation starts.

How to choose rehabilitation center? : The persons, who are addicted to alcohol or drug and need treatment to withdrawal comes to rehabilitation centers. In the addicted time period the patient’s physical and mental behavior changes a lot. So, removing all the toxins that are present in the body with some medications is not the only treatment for recovery. The patients have to recover physically, mentally to live a normal life style that was existed before the addiction. So, when we are choosing or suggesting rehabilitation center for the patients, that clinic or center must have some characteristics to get success.

Things to keep in mind before choosing a rehab center:

Rehabilitation services: To get the patients to normal condition along with the physical treatment, the rehab center has to provide services like cognitive therapy, speech and language therapy, occupational therapy and mental health rehabilitation services. Rehab centers in Orange County provides all types of rehabilitation services that are required for a patient.

Education of Doctors: The medical practitioners must have certified educational background to treat. Different people have different disorders, so, a rehab center must have certified professional to treat all those disorders. Doctors in the rehab centers are differ from others. Those who work at rehabs maintain a friendly nature with patients and treat patiently.

Counseling:  Counseling is very important after recovery. Counseling is an essential part in rehabilitation process. After recovering, the patient may addicted to the drugs again. To avoid that trained counselors at Rehab centers in Orange County provides individual and group counseling to the patient.

Facilities at rehabs: Some rehabilitation center provides only some basic facilities and some provide luxurious facilities. But, it does not mean that only at luxurious rehab centers we have quality treatment. The medical facilities and the treatment they provide have to be best.

Cost: every program has their own payment options. The cost of the disorders varies from one center to other center. Some community based programs offer free services. Insurance is also a very important for drug rehab. For those who cannot afford expensive treatments. Having insurance plan will be an added benefit.

Recovery is an ongoing long term process. So, a rehab center must provide after care facilities to its patients. A center has to plan weekly or monthly checkups and counseling to completely cop with the outside situations that are face by the patients.

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How E-Liquids Are Better for Your Health than Cigarettes

Before we start, let’s acknowledge the fact that smoking kills. At least a million people die every year due to smoking. As a smoker, it’s time to shift and change the behaviour. But there’s a problem, smoking is addictive.

How then do you stop the smoking behaviour without feeling the pinch of the withdrawal symptoms? Well, let’s know why a cigarette is addictive. A tobacco cigarette contains a substance known as nicotine. It is this nicotine that is addictive. Interestingly, nicotine is not harmful on its own.

It’s this revelation that led to the creation of a vape-pen or an e-cigar. It contains e-liquids with nicotine as one of the compounds. It uses batteries to heat the e-cigar forcing the liquids to vaporize. It’s these vapours that a vaper inhales to their body and exhales out. The aroma exhaled is quite pleasing. You can get yours at buyv2cigs.co.uk/best-e-liquid/.

These are some reasons why an e-liquid is better for your health than a tobacco cigarette.

  1. Social Acceptance

Humans are a social being. We love and crave attention and relationships. However, as a smoker, you will always be left out on some issues. For instance, you can’t smoke in peace in a public space or at your home. The simple act of being denied the opportunity to do what you want to do can have some psychological effects on your mind.

However, vaping is a socially acceptable activity. A number of people won’t object if you did your vaping in their presence and left. They know that the smoke you exhale is not harmful in any way to their health. In fact, they will love the aroma that you exhale out.

You may need to exercise some restraint when vaping. As a rule of thumb, don’t vape in an area you wouldn’t smoke unless you and your friends are cool with it.

  1. No Risks of Fire

When smoking, you need to constantly have a lighter. The risk of fire is the underlying reasons why smoking is prohibited in all gas stations across the world. A simple spark is enough to ignite the entire fueling station.

If sparks fall on your clothes, a permanent hole will be created. You may need to patch it up or lose the clothing altogether. The risks of fire are not common with any vaping experience.

  1. Saves on Cost and Resources

The cost of purchasing a cigarette is ever increasing. The constant increase in taxation is done to stop people from purchasing tobacco. However, since it’s addictive the consumers dig deeper into their pockets to sustain the habit.

Once you shift to vaping, you only make the initial investment by buying an e-liquid and e-cigar. After the purchase, the monthly costs you incur will reduce drastically. The money you save can be used to address different emergencies at your home.