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Support For Sobriety

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Recovering from addiction and becoming sober is a journey that takes strength and courage to get through. No one will tell an addicted person that becoming clean and embracing a fully sober life free from intoxication is easy, but it’s a journey that is well worth taking. Addiction can be a ruinous experience, and those who have successfully recovered from addiction often speak of how much their lives have been transformed.

Leaving Rehab

One of the major challenges in becoming sober is facing daily life after leaving a rehab center. In rehab, a client has the full support of the center and everyone who is being treated there. For some newly sober people, returning to their old life after rehab can be a very challenging experience. Returning to the old neighborhood community as a sober person may mean falling back in with friends who hang out in bars or use drugs together. Being sober for the long term means taking on a whole new lifestyle, which is why many newly sober people choose to live in sober housing, like a
recovery house rockville md.

A sober living facility is a place that offers a safe place to stay and resume some of the activities of normal life, but without the temptation to relapse back into addiction. Sober houses put a newly sober person into a community that offers support, as well as the chance to attend AA meetings with other housemates. All of this can be incredibly helpful as far as keeping a person in recovery on the right track and on the road to a lifestyle that is truly healthy and sober for the long term.

Being sober is a journey. If you are concerned about relapsing by returning home before you are ready, consider living in a sober facility. For many people in recovery, it is absolutely the right choice.

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Why Opt for An Open MRI?

MRI or Magnetic Resonance Imaging is a machine that uses radio waves and magnets. It is attached to a computer and it works by taking images inside your body. It is used for diagnosis and to check if your body is responding to a particular treatment. This is more powerful than x-rays, ultrasound or CT scans.

Some flushing imaging centers are offering the different types of MRI – the close and open MRI. Depending on the type of scan that is needed, your doctor will determine whether you need an open or a closed MRI. Regardless of the type of MRI scan, the result is the same for these MRI scans.

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However, people nowadays are opting to have an open MRI scan due to some reasons. Some patients with claustrophobia don’t want to experience the feeling of being trapped inside a closed MRI machine. The feeling of being trapped can affect their body and senses and when uncomfortable, it might affect the result of the MRI.

Another reason why open MRI is a much better choice is that it can accommodate anyone of size and weight. If you are a big person, you might find yourself being squeezed inside an MRI machine, something that you don’t have to do with an open MRI.

As for kids, an open MRI reduces anxiety during a scan. Imagine how your kids cannot stay still for 5 minutes during regular hours and think of how they will feel if they are placed inside a closed MRI machine! In an open MRI, children can be more cooperative and calm during the scan.

Open MRI is a new technology and if you will have a test with your body, wouldn’t you want to do it with the latest MRI technology? In addition, open MRI is cheaper than closed MRI because, for one, the hospital or diagnostic center didn’t pay for an MRI machine.

Lastly, open MRI scan is known for its non-invasive procedure and since you are not enclosed in a small box, you can expect no side effects. You are not exposed to any radiation with this procedure. For hospitals or a flushing imaging center that offers open MRI procedure, you can always ask your personal doctor or look online.

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Home Care Services Help You Keep Your Elderly Loved One at Home

As your parents age and reach their senior years, you will find that a role reversal takes place. This means you’re responsible for the care of your parents and you’ll have to decide the best way to care for them. It becomes problematic, because physical illness and cognitive degeneration may make it impossible for them to remain at home and unsupervised.

While a nursing home is one option, there are some significant drawbacks to confining your elder loved one to an assisted living facility. In addition to the high costs, your elder loved one will feel abandoned and may be frightened by the unfamiliar surroundings. Home care services offer the supervision your senior parent needs, while allowing them to stay at home. This makes this type of care a better option. In addition, it’s less costly than admitting your loved one into an assisted living facility.

Home health care services strive to hire highly trained and compassionate caregivers, so the level of care is never compromised. This means you can request caregivers experienced in handling seniors suffering from any of a number of conditions. Including dementia care Darien CT , aides are trained in caring for individuals suffering from cancer, stroke, multiple sclerosis, and Parkinson’s disease. You may even choose to hire a home care aide temporarily, while your parent recovers from surgery.

It’s also possible to choose the level of care provided by the home care aide. The most basic service is simply intended to provide companionship and ensure elders don’t injure themselves. You may also request homemaking services that include light cleaning chores, preparing meals, and making sure the elderly individual is adhering to medication schedules. A higher degree of care may include helping the senior bathe and dress. In many cases, you can customize the service to suit your needs.

Whatever your specific situation, hiring a home care service may be the best way to ensure your elder loved one is receiving needed care. You can’t always be there, so using this type of service can help you fulfill the needs of your senior parent. They will be safe and they won’t feel lonely or abandoned, even where you can’t be there in person.

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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.