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One out of every seven Americans will face a substance addiction. Here are some resources to help you help a loved one, and notice…
One out of every seven Americans will face a substance addiction. Here are some resources to help you help a loved one, and notice…
Substance abuse counselors aid people on their road to recovery. Learn about the kind of training these specialists undertake and …
Prescription drug abuse is common among all age groups, and not everyone is obtaining their drug of choice in illicit ways. Find o…
I will never go here again!!! My boyfriend took my two children ( a boy age 11 and girl age 5) to this business to get a haircut. He told them he wanted their hair trimmed up. When he got home I immediately left and took the kids back to get a refund. My daughters hair was slanted and the bottom was very choppy looking. My sons was even worse. During the summer we had let him grow it wild, it was below his ears and into his eyes. Imagine my surprise when I saw him and not only was his hair still covering his ears but he now has choppy, uneven bangs!!! It also looked as though she hadn't even touched the back to cut it. When I asked for a refund the lady that had cut their hair came over and began saying that I paid with credit card and it couldn't be refunded and that the manager was not there. I told her that yes it could be refunded and that she needs to call her manager. Then she grabbed my daughter by the shoulders without saying anything to her and forcefully turned her around and then grabbed her head and turned it as well. She said "well if she holds her head like this it is ok." I said no it really isn't and what about my sons hair. She got 3 inches from my face and glared at me for a full minute. She said the man who brought them said to trim it. I told her that means to at least cut it above the ears. Again I asked her to phone her manager. She goes around the wall and has me follow. She speaks Chinese to a woman who then claims to be the manager. ( Remember how she said her manager wasn't there?!) She says the woman has cut hair for 15 years and has never had a complaint, the woman who did the haircut starts getting her scissors out and I told her not to touch my child. This goes back and forth and needless to say I was told I would not get a refund. I was told to come back tomorrow and someone else will cut their hair. I will be going back tomorrow but without the kids and to make sure I get my money back. Stay far away from here!!!! Update: Today (7/30/2013) I went back up to the salon and my money was refunded! I would like to say that I don't want to mislead anyone and that the HAIR SALON IS A SEPERATE BUSINESS FROM THE NAIL SALON. I was previously not aware of this fact. I have had my nails done here in the past and enjoyed the way the staff treated me as well as the wonderful job they did on my nails. I even treated my best friend to a mani/pedi for her birthday and she too was very pleased with the results. I don't want my comment to reflect in any way on the hard working ladies at the nail salon. I also want to say thank you to their manager for making things right although it was not her responsibility to do so. I would recommend this salon at any time if you are looking to get your nails done. On the basis of how I was treated upon my return today I am changing my review from a one star to a four star.
To Whom It May Concern: I was recently in your store shopping for a dress for my daughter, Alex. We had several different appointments that day, and had even "filled" time between appointments at David's Bridal, although I'd vowed we would never shop there. While at David's, the salesperson had been waiting on 3 different girls simultaneously. She would place my daughter in a dress, and then leave her standing in the noisy, crowded store, under fluorescent lights, for about 20-30 minutes. While changing a dress, the salesperson told Alex not to go to JJ Kelly because they would be pushy and only show us $5000 dresses. So when we were done trying on all the polyester dresses we could in an hour, we headed to JJ Kelly. I am writing this letter to compliment you on a great atmosphere, selection, and on your Wedding Stylist, Delia. Upon our arrival, she was charming and helpful. We told Delia that we were looking for a dress under $1200, and she immediately found 4 beautiful dresses, well under that budget. She gave Alex her full attention and made us feel just as important as someone coming in with much higher budget. We did look at dresses at a number of other nice bridal stores, and we had at least 3 other serious contenders - all at the very top of our budget. But we purchased a JJ Kelly partly because Alex loved the dress, and partly because we were so comfortable and impressed with Delia's professionalism. Thank you for providing us with such a nice experience at the end of our hectic day.
I have been a customer of this salon for years. When I lived in Tahlequah, I made the 3 1/2 hour drive for cuts and color. The products are top quality and so is the personnel. I have gone to Carol but the past 10 years have gone exclusivly to Amy. Both my daughters and my sister go to Amy on my recommendation and have become regular customers as well. I have never recommended Amy to anyone who has not been completely happy with her work. Over the years I have been in a position to observe Amy and Carol with other customers as well and have never seen an unhappy customer or heard other any complaints. I was in the salon when the girl came in complaining about her hair cut that was previously on this site. She stormed in demanding a refund, completely ignoring the fact that another customer was having a shampoo. I told Amy to deal with her and I would wait. Amy was polite and patient and told her she would be happy to fix whatever was bothering her. The girl refused to even sit down and let Amy look at her hair. Instead, she went storming around to other customers asking what they thought of her cut. The other three people told her they didn't see a problem, so she asked me what I thought. By then, she was crying like a five year old. The other people were polite, but I lost my cool and told her she was acting like a child (which she was) and told her she should go home and grow up. As far as I could see, she was a spoiled little drama queen with an exagerrated sense of entiltlement.
I have been a very satisfied customer of Donna's since March. I have been to 4 other lash tech's in Oklahoma since 2011. After my first set of lashes with Donna I knew I would be staying put. I had experienced such unprofessionalism from every other lash professional. I have been overcharged, appt cancelled with little notice, found that the utensils used were not clean and the list goes on! I was honestly about to throw in the towel on lashes. However, then I met Donna. As her superior certification suggests she is at the top of her craft. Yes her place of business happens to be located in her home however she gives you an option of a Medspa location depending on the day of your service. I have visited her location at the medspa and frankly I enjoy her home location because of the warm environment and the feeling of home. Donna can attest it is so peaceful that I am notorious for falling asleep EVERYTIME during my lash application. I am a very loyal customer and spend a great deal of money on various beauty products, I would definitely recommend Donna. She simply is the best. If you have any questions about her quality of service please feel free to ask her for my number and I would gladly give a personal recommendation and account of my services. You won't be let down really! Wanda
I have been getting my hair cut and colored here since Zoe & Company opened. What sent me there was someone else's adorable hair cut, and Tarena has always taken care of me. What I found was someone who listens and takes the time to understand what I have in mind. She has books of pictures, stays up on the current hair trends, and gives me her honest opinion. It's not always what I want to hear, but isn't that what you want? Someone who will tell you straight up that the haircut you want that looks darling on someone else will look poopy on you? I never fail to get complements on my hair, and this has been over the course of YEARS! If you want a salon that will give you exactly what you ask for, even though it makes you look like an old hag, don't go to Zoe and Company. Prices are comparable to any nice salon, maybe less. The atmosphere is very friendly, but professional. Tarena has many long time clients, so don't be surprised if you have to wait several weeks for an appointment. Plan ahead - it's worth the wait! The only negative I can think of is that I usually fix my hair differently when I get home, but I don't care because I know my cut will be perfect!
I discovered Sheila at Ladies and Gentleman's about 6 years ago. She convinced me to let her try a custom color she formulated just for me and even though I was skeptical I was intrigued by what she suggested. She very effortlessly and quicker than I could have imagined wove into my hair 4 different colors. The colors blended perfectly and just seemed to melt into each other and yet there was definite artistry to where the color was placed. Shelia finished off my custom color with a precise haircut that she cut to my hair type and facial structure. I honestly had never felt so beautiful and when I drove away I could not stop looking in the mirror of the car or running my fingers through the new cut. It was nothing short of perfect. Being in my 40's I have had many stylists over the years but I have never been completely happy. I now fly to Sheila at Ladies and Gentleman's from out of state to have my hair done by her. I simply don't want anyone else to touch her beautiful work of art! -- Marilee Mahan
There is a new manager and there must be different employees. We bridesmaids and my mom went in expecting the same mediocre service and high priced dresses as the local bridal shops. We were greeted immediately, asked what we were looking for, and even given space to look around for ourselves. My mom had already bought her wedding dress elsewhere, but that did not matter to them. All of us bridesmaids found our own dresses to try on, but everything was "eh" to us, so he picked out some dresses and amazingly there was one we all liked and agreed upon. We all have different body types and he was spot on with the styles. We ordered them, they came in on time and the seamstress was wonderful! It was a one time deal. My best friend is getting married and when we went back we received the same great service (another employee) and the guy who helped me a couple months ago asked me how my moms wedding went. My friend even found her dress and we (bridesmaids) are going back in a week to get our dresses.
David's has made our day! Again. For the second time I have taken a daughter of mine to David's and had the great experience of finding just the right wedding gown without having to even go to another shop. When we couldn't meet our original appt because of a delay at the dentist, we were told to go ahead and have lunch and to come whenever we could get there. When we arrived we were served by a very nice young lady named Morgen. She very patiently brought gowns to us and gave us good advice even though we are not big spenders. She gave us 2 hours of attention and found us a bargain on the dress my daughter liked best. I have to give this shop a 10 out of 10. Brides who like undivided attention should consider trying to go during the week instead of Saturday when most stores are busiest. And those who would rather not have to order a dress that takes a long time in delivery might like David's a lot because there are so many gowns on the rack of all sizes to choose from.
I've been going to Amber (owner of Salon Endeavor) since i was 15 (I am now 21) and she does a fantastic job! Most of the time i go in and say " Do whatever you want!" and it always comes out perfect! Amber has been in the business for a long time and really knows her stuff! I recommend her and the salon to anyone and everyone! I always get compliments on my hair, even if its been months since i've seen her! I know Amber is very particular about the staff she chooses and I know that they have strict requirements that have to meet in order to be a stylist at her salon. Amber has built her salon upon her faith in Christ and in turn has created a cheerful and positive atmosphere for her salon, but not matter how you look, what your life style is, or what you believe, everyone is welcomed to the salon and always made sure that your visit is comfortable and successful. So i say make your own judgments by finding out for yourself just how fantastic Amber and her salon is!
Donna has been doing my lashes (and the occasional facial) for almost a year. The lashes are WONDERFUL and look natural (but gorgeously natural!). I've had numerous compliments; and one of my favorites was from a saleswoman who told me I had beautiful eyelashes; and then went on to say "I bet you've heard about your eyelashes all your life". That's exactly the look I want ! Each lash is applied individually (which is one of the things that makes this pricier than your $25 special); but those $25 specials generally look like fuzzy caterpillars. Not a look I want! I've been to the Northside medspa location; and Donna's home studio, and prefer the home studio myself. It's cozy, comfortable, stylish and just as professional in appearance as any "spa" location I've been to. If you want professionally applied beautiful lashes, see Donna. If you want a pair of fuzzy caterpillars attacking your eyes, stick with the cheapo specials.
Drug abuse and addiction is a public health issue with serious consequences. From prescription drugs to cocaine, inhalants and marijuana, illicit substances have affected nearly every community and person in some way. But what exactly is drug abuse and how do people seek treatment for this disease?
Making the decision to seek help for drug addiction is a huge step toward improving your health and overall wellness, as well as that of your family and community. But where do you start? There are many options.
Attend a Rehabilitation Program: There are a plethora of rehab options available to people who abuse drugs. You should be able to find one that fits your budget and lifestyle. For a very intensive treatment, try an inpatient rehab program at a facility that is well-versed in addressing long-term addiction. These organizations provide a place for you to stay while you go through withdrawals, as well as medical assistance if it is needed. Drug rehab facilities offer therapeutic programs such as cognitive behavioral therapy to help users address the problems that may drive them to drug use. You'll also be surrounded by others in similar positions who are looking to stop using and seek support, which can be very helpful and inspiring.
1. Intake Process: Every person beginning an inpatient rehab program will go through an intake process. This involves a physical exam from a doctor and a mental exam from a therapist or psychiatrist. These professionals note any mental conditions, like bipolar disorder and depression, as well as physical issues, such as chronic fatigue or multiple sclerosis, which may be affected by drug use. New patients are usually searched to ensure they do not bring any drugs to the facility on their person or in their belongings. Once a patient has undergone the intake process, they will likely not be allowed to have visitors or even talk with friends and family over the phone for a few days. This promotes focus on recovery without distractions. Each facility is different, but after a few days or weeks, patients are typically allowed to make phone calls and receive visitors.
2. Detox: The first week of inpatient drug rehabilitation is often spent detoxing. Most facilities do not host many classes or require users to attend functions at this time, as it is instead spent dealing with the emotional and physical consequences of coming down from drug use. Long-time users may experience intense symptoms such as temporary blackouts, memory loss, depression, irritability, unpredictable mood swings, headache, insomnia, anxiety, nausea and more. Most patients just entering rehab find their first few days are some of the most difficult as they must completely adjust their habits and mindset, all while going through complex bodily symptoms. Physicians supervise this time of withdrawal to address any symptoms that require medical attention. After you have completed the detox phase and there is no more trace of drugs in your body, you will likely begin attending group and individual therapy sessions.
3. Therapy: While in drug rehabilitation, you don't simply stay away from the substance that you've become addicted to. Instead, you will spend your time learning about what triggers your abuse, and how to address urges and make amends. You will also likely attend group therapy sessions where you and other addicts can share your experiences and learn from one another under the supervision of a therapist or psychiatrist. Being in the presence of others who are learning how to restructure their lives after drug abuse can be very helpful. Knowing you're not alone is a huge step, plus you may be able to turn to those in similar situations for advice.
4. Reintegration: Eventually you will need to leave the safety and routine of your inpatient rehabilitation program and return to regular society. This comes with a lot of risks, as you may interact with situations and individuals that triggered your drug use. Before you leave a drug treatment program, you will learn skills to cope in the real world that don't involve turning to drugs. You might learn to walk away from certain individuals or not go to particular places where you formerly used to go. You may also return to the inpatient program facility for outpatient counseling. This helps many drug users to reintegrate into society and still maintain some source of assistance by going to daily or weekly therapy sessions.
Consider an Outpatient Program
Outpatient programs offer similar assistance to inpatient options such as therapy sessions and counseling, but the patient sleeps in his or her own home and is not confined to the rehabilitation center. Some patients prefer this option because it resembles some form of normality and allows them to potentially work and partake in family activities. It is important to note, though, that a person may require more serious, constant treatment than these outpatient programs can offer. If you are considering seeking treatment for drug addiction, discuss these possibilities with your doctor. He or she will help you decide what program is right for you.
Painkillers and Therapy
Some drug users who have been abusing pain medications like Oxycontin or morphine require pain relief but must find it in other ways than potentially addictive drugs. To address this issue, some people receive methadone, a synthetic narcotic. Individuals in inpatient or outpatient programs may use methadone, as can people who are not seeking any formal treatment but are trying to stop abusing painkillers. Your doctor may prescribe a methadone treatment plan if you have chronic pain issues and are recovering from addiction. Methadone can be given intravenously, via a tablet or as a dispersible. Use of this medication is carefully monitored as it can cause respiratory issues when you first begin or anytime you up your dosage. If you are concerned that you may be abusing prescription painkillers, talk to your physician about Methadone and other options like Suboxone or Narcan.
Working With a Sponsor
Similar to alcoholism treatment, some former drug users require assistance from sponsors. These individuals are often previous addicts themselves or have experiences as therapists or psychiatrists. They meet with patients regularly and are often available at a moment's notice to talk when an individual is feeling vulnerable and triggered. Sponsors can offer help when you need them the most and provide a firm sense of accountability.
To go through treatment successfully, it's important to find the right facility for you. To do so, first talk with your doctor. A physician can determine how severe your addiction is, which will help you decide if you want to try inpatient or outpatient treatment. He or she can also consider any withstanding health issues such as psychiatric conditions that should also be factored into your decision.
Next, check out facilities and programs that offer treatment for the substances that you abuse. Attending a program that is specific to your drug of choice will make your treatment much more likely to be impactful and successful. Look into potential facilities and learn about their drug policies. Some provide certain users with medications like Valium and Xanax to counteract symptoms of distress associated with alcohol or drug withdrawals. You may not want to attend such programs if you fear that you may instead become addicted to these substances or if you have ever had issues with abusing these medications in the past.
You should also note what potential programs to turn to during drug cravings. Some offer excellent nutrition and wellness plans that use healthy eating and exercise to reduce the physical and psychological want or need for a substance. Learning this coping skill is imperative to transitioning back into society, as you will be better prepared to face cravings once you are no longer in drug abuse treatment.
Some treatment programs promote quick sobriety through seemingly impossible means, such as herbal supplements or religious affiliation. When choosing a treatment facility, be wary of questionable claims like, "Shake your drug addiction in one week!" If the advertising sounds too good to be true, the program could potentially be a scam. Instead, look for organizations that include approval and certification from real doctors and health care providers. If a well-known drug abuse therapist or hospital recommends a clinic, for example, it is much more likely that you will have a successful treatment experience there.
Finances are another major part in your treatment program choice. Some facilities accept health insurance like United Healthcare, BlueCross BlueShield, Cigna, Humana and Medicaid. To learn what options are financially feasible for you, call your insurance provider and ask about any programs with which they are connected. Many carriers support in-state assessment, detox and outpatient treatment. Some also partially cover residential or inpatient treatment.
Because drug addiction is considered a disease, major health insurance providers must treat it like any other chronic condition that requires medical treatment. Make a call to the member services phone line at your insurance company and they can explain both in-network and out-of-network coverage for addiction and drug abuse treatment. Be sure to inquire about co-pays and deductibles so you don't receive a surprise bill months after you start a program. If you don't have insurance, you may be able to find outpatient programs like Narcotics Anonymous that offer counseling and meetings for patients at no cost.
Drug Abuse Facts
Every illegal use of a drug, from prescription medications to a hit of methamphetamine, creates an addiction risk for the user. One single dose of a club drug, for example, can cause long-term cognitive damage because it changes the chemical makeup of the brain. It is not always the substance that leads to a label of drug abuse. Instead, it is the nature in which the substance is used. For example, you may break a bone and require surgery. You will likely be prescribed some painkillers to promote healing in your body and make you more comfortable. If, however, you find that the medication creates feelings of euphoria so you pretend you need the drug longer than you do in order to get more pills, that is considered drug abuse. It doesn't matter that you have a prescription and the substance is technically legal.
Helping Your Family Cope
You are not the only one affected by your drug abuse. You family and friends may also appreciate going to therapy to learn how to cope with your addiction. Many people attend support meetings or join groups to mingle with others who are close to drug addicts to provide emotional assistance. When you go through treatment, those close to you must also learn to change their mindsets and behaviors to address these changes to the new you. Many patients have to stop associating with some former friends in order to stay away from illicit substances and avoid situations that may trigger drug abuse. Starting a hobby is a good way to meet new people outside of these social circles once you've received treatment.