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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…
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This is a nice place to live. Very quiet neighborhood because there are a lot of older people (30 +) and no pets. No pets also means no smells, which is good. (Except if you have a smoker in your building…) I have an upper apartment and it is great. I love the balcony and the high ceilings. The lady at the "front desk" (the model apartment) is very nice. There is a lot of parking and the grounds/ common areas are well kept. Snow is an issue if you live in Buffalo, but the plows are diligent. Everything is about 10-20 minutes away (like the Mall and a Wegmans). And there is recycling (which is important to me). The only problems I have with the place are the noises. I was told when I first inquired about this apartment complex that the walls are good and you can't hear your neighbor using the same wall. This turned out to be true. But what I didn't expect is the floors to be a problem! They are very thin and squeaky. (Probably wooden floors that used nails instead of screws). Like I mentioned, I have an upper apartment. Because of the very thin, squeaky floors, the woman below me constantly complains that I WALK too loud! She says my TV is too loud and that she can hear every word of it. (I don't actually have a TV, I watch shows on my laptop. And I don't use any external speakers). She also complains that is sounds like an earthquake when I do my exercise routine. Because of this I have had to made several compromises and am constantly paranoid about how I'm walking.... Not to mention I can hear her and her TV through the floor as well. …She leaves her TV on all night, but you don’t hear me complaining. I have lived in other apartments before and I know that some level of noise from other people in the building is to be expected. (Also, I have never had anyone complain about me making too much noise before, so I know that my levels of “living” noises are normal). Another noise issue is located in the bathroom. In everyone's bathroom. The toilet is very loud when it's flushed and the shower is very loud with it is turned on. I have lived in five other apartments (because of school) and I have never experienced a bathroom this loud before. I can always hear when someone else in the building is using their shower. Which may or may not be a good thing, because then I can avoid using the shower when someone else is. The water temperature is all over the place when someone else in the building is using their water as well. Overall, this is a very nice place to live. One can probably get over the bathroom noises and the water temp. Just make sure to see if they have tighten the floors so they are not too squeaky and double check that you don't have a cranky elderly lady living under you (if you are looking at an upper) before you move in.
Where do I start? The food over all is good, its the service and management that makes this corner establishment only fair. The home made soups are wonderful, as long as your not getting the french onion without the cheese melted on top. The soup not only came with unmelted cheese but at the same time as the dinner. We asked the waitress to take it off the bill but the owner refused and then wanted to know how we would of handled the situation if it were our restaurant!! DDDDAAAHHH...we would of taken it off the bill. On a different day I ordered a roast beef sandwich with french fries and asked for gravy.....the owner didnt make gravy that day and he should of because it would of covered up the cold fries. Watch out for the coupons advertised in the front page because the owner doesnt state what days they are good for but it seems everytime I go they are not excepted.
Upon entering I loved the whole look of the place. The staff blends in very nicely with the visual concept of the restaurant. Aside the aesthetics, The portions and price are incredible. That accompanied by an accomedating, pleasant staff will have me coming back, I'm certain. Service time is also fair. I won't say much about the food yet but I had a stinger sub that was good but a little dry. It's not perfect yet, but I dont think they have to worry about it. Would reccomend to anyone.
This is definitely my new favorite restaurant! Its extremely clean! The servers are all really friendly, ours was a lovely young lady named Olivia and she was so friendly. The food is really good, HUGE plates with homemade food. Ive been here twice and both times I loved it. First time I had breakfast and the home fries are OUT OF THIS WORLD! Second time I had the gyro panini with Greek potatoes... I can't wait to go back and have another one. And the rice pudding... WOW!
I have lived at the Royal York for 7 years. At the urging of my boyfriend I looked around to see what else is out there and I have to say that for the price that I pay I cant find anything similar or better. It is quiet here and things get taken care of when they are broken. The building is older but it is clean and neat. It is close to the thruway so I am downtown in minutes. I may consider moving someday if I buy a house but for now this works perfectly.
This is a very cozy place to eat. Awesome food every time and lots of it!! Always a great server. We love it and is now our favorite Italian resturant. We tell all our friends to try it out. We were actually looking forward to going there this weekend, but they were packed all weekend because of Mothers Day...the owner said it is their busiest weekend and to make a reservation whenever it is a holiday weekend....next time we will remember....Love Carmines!!
This was one of the best experiences I've ever had with a restaurant. I didnt know what to expect and thought it would be a regular Greek restaurant. To my amazement, the menu was 7 pages and had the most variety of authentic Greek foods I've ever seen!!! I felt like I was in Mykonos or Athens for a while!! If you are looking for authentic Greek foods, I would definately recommend this restaurant. Very nice staff, so much hospitality!!!
You have always been rated 5 stars with me....nice to hear you are doing well and are successful...I have been living in Az since 1981 but I always seem to think of you! You will always be my No 1.... I heard your food was awesome and the best sportsbar in Buffalo! keep up the great work! How is your mom and dad? Kiss Kiss~Colleen Marco ( aka Melanie) Call sometime ~ 520-371-2474 ~
He's a great guy, with a lot of experience he's been around for awhile doing this a very long time apparently! he did a great job on my house. A real handy man! I enjoyed his attentive cervices. He has also done a few inspections for my brother and has helped him with tips for buying homes. He deserves every star I granted him! Job well done!
The girls here are always right on top of things as far as service goes and the food really is pretty good. The only thing that ruins it is the presence of the owner. He's an example of why what might be a good business fails. I won't go there again because listening to him scream really ruins my day.
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.