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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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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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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

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.

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Few of the common complications associated with plastic surgery

In the year 2014, more than $14 billion was spent on plastic surgery, as per reports. From rhinoplasty to breast augmentation, different types of cosmetic surgery procedures which help us in changing our appearance are gradually gaining momentum. Although these surgeries bless us with our dream look, yet does that guarantee that there are no such risks or challenges associated with it? Surgeries always come with risks.

There are many who are pretty scared about going under the knife but when you’ve decided about undergoing plastic surgery, it is vital for you to be aware of both the risks and benefits. Here are few of the most common complications that are related to this type of surgeries.

Few of the common complications associated with plastic surgery

#1: Hematoma

Hematoma looks almost like pocket of blood which looks similar to a painful bruise. This disease occurs among 1-5% of the patients who undergo breast augmentation surgeries and it is possibly the most common complication that can happen post a facelift. Near all sorts of surgeries and treatments require added operations to drain off the blood.

#2: Damage of nerves

The possibility of nerve damage is there in all kinds of surgical processes. Tingling and numbness are pretty common after plastic surgery and these can be considered as the most common signs of nerve damage. Following a breast augmentation surgery, majority of the women go through a change in sensitivity and there are few others who lose sensation in nipples forever.

#3: Infection

Although there are few post-operative steps that need to be taken in order to reduce the risk of infection, it still remains one of the biggest complications associated with plastic surgery. If you opt for breast surgery, you can develop a skin infection called cellulitis which occurs among 2-4% people. Few infections are even more severe than this and hence they require IV antibiotics.

#4: Scarring

Surgery leads to different types of scarring. Though cosmetic surgery has a goal of improving the way you look, yet getting scars can be indeed troubling. For instance, hypertrophic scarring is a red and thick raised scar which occurs post 2-5% of breast augmentation surgeries.

#5: Seroma

Seroma is a typical condition which occurs when the serum from your body’s blood accumulates beneath the skin’s surface, resulting in pain and swelling. From the outside it looks like a big blister and this may occur after any type of surgery. Someone who has gone for a tummy tuck will most commonly experience this. They are usually drained off with a needle but they have a chance of recurrence.

Therefore, if you’re someone who is looking for the best cosmetic surgeon, you may take a look at the best Maryland plastic surgeon to know more on how the man has become the greatest cosmetic surgeons.

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Health and Fitness Challenges

When it comes to our health and fitness, there are a great many hurdles (Get it? Hurdles, fitness… You get it.) in our way. The modern age of convenience and luxury has softened us and presented us with a few surprising and unique health and fitness related challenges, and so it falls to us to take the initiative to take our health and fitness into our own hands and improve our health and fitness to lead healthier and happier lives. The main culprits in today’s health epidemic are inactivity and processed foods. These two seemingly innocuous threats actually have some pretty nasty effects on our bodies, so we need to make changes in order to maintain our health. Here’s what you need to know.

Health and Fitness Challenges

First and foremost, let’s tackle the inactivity problem. At the dawn of man, we had all of our fitness problems taken care of by the urgent fight for survival. We had to forage and hunt to survive, after all. Now, however, we have all of our needs met, more of less, just by holding a job, so the job is our fight for survival. Therefore, if your job lacks any demand for upper body strength, you’ll have to make up for that elsewhere or risk atrophy. Atrophy is an extreme risk, mind you, but the point stands. Meanwhile, if you worked at, say, Autozone, your work with car repairs would build that upper body strength for you, so you’d have nothing to worry about. The key is to assess your strengths and weaknesses and take care of those weaknesses with your workout regimen.

Then, there’s your diet. Processed foods have become a bona fide staple of the Western diet thanks to their low price point and their convenience factor. However, this is achieved with additives that rob them of their nutritional value and make them addictive, so they have nasty ramifications on our bodies. Replace these items with fresh, whole ingredients made into home cooked meals, and you’ll start to have more energy, lose excess weight, and generally feel better. You’ll spend more money and more time in the kitchen, but it’ll be worth it.