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Stokes Auto Service in Bridgeport is the greatest ever!! My 1995 Bonnieville broke down on me the other day at a stop light. Since I was in Bridgeport returning home from my friend’s, I had no idea where to have it towed to. Thankfully, my friend called a few friends for a referral and I had my car towed to Stokes. He immediately checked it out, and not only found the problem of why it died on me, but another ongoing problem of which over the last few years I had taken to numerous mechanics who couldn’t figure it out. He noticed the alternator in my car was not the correct one and the mechanic that installed it forced it in and cracked my Intake Manifold. I was shocked he figured this out, especially so quickly and I hadn’t even mentioned any other issues. He knew my car like the back of his hand! My car was ready 2 days later and now is running like new! He was wonderful! He was spot-on in diagnosing my car within a couple of hours. He thoroughly explained everything to me. Their prices are fair and reasonable and I know he did quality work. I was very comfortable with him. He could have taken advantage of me since my car was towed there and I was “stuck”. But he didn’t. I know I would have paid much more for the same work elsewhere. Money is tight for me and he did all that work within my budget that we discussed. Stokes Auto Service is professional, honest and I got the heartfelt feeling that he really cared about my safety (not the money) and wasn’t going to let me leave with a car that may have jeopardized my safety. And he didn’t know me from Adam! I am so very happy that I have found a mechanic that I can trust! I will not go anywhere else, because being a woman; I have been ripped off by mechanics in the past. It will be a bit of a drive for me to use him, but totally worth it! He has a new happy customer for life! I cannot rave enough about Stokes Auto Service!!!! Tina U Evergreen Park
I recently bought an older house that is a fixer-upper and the furnace needed more than major TLC. After shopping around I decided on going with Four Seasons to get it replaced. I was told by the previous owner that the furnace was more than 18 years old so I figured a new one would be a good idea since they're more energy efficient. I decided on a higher end Lennox unit because it qualified for a tax credit. The entire process, from sales to installation was really great. Walter, my salesman, was really informative and I really liked that he wasn't like a typical sales guy and wasn't putting pressure on me. Like I said, I shopped around and Walter was able to match the lowest offer at the last minute and since he put up with all my haggling, I gave him the sale and so far, I'm glad I did. The installation was the next day and the installers were on time. They did have some problems with the installation that required them to go back to their shop to get some parts but the guys kept me informed and worked really hard. Installation took almost 8 hours and even though the guys were exhausted at the end, they made sure I didn't have any questions before they left. Everything was cleaned up and I can actually say they left the place looking cleaner than when they arrived, since I hadn't cleaned around the furnace and it was pretty nasty. I got a follow up call a couple days after the install and did a little survey. The lady (I don't remember her name) was very nice and friendly and I like how they followed up, in case I had any problems. Overall, I would definitely recommend Four Seasons to anyone looking to get their furnace replaced.
My name is Ryan Bornheim, the New General Sales Manager at Midway Dodge. I want to personally apoloigize for everything that has gone on at the old Midway Dodge. I want to clear the ear and would like you all to know we are under new management. I pride myself with my great reputation and my prestige customer service. I have made some much needed changes here and I would like to personally invite anyone that has had a bad experience with the prior management to come meet me one on one and tell me about your experience. I know that it is in the past, but I would still like to answer any unanswered questions you may have and/or try to resolve the issue. I have updated the website and there will no longer be anymore issues with inventory. My staff will make sure your visit is 100% professional and you will be treated with the up most respect and great customer service. I am available 24/7 to help anyone with anything they may need. Come on in and ask for Ryan and say you saw this and Ill get your car washed inside and out. I really would like all of you to give us a second chance and be your local Dodge dealer again. Midway Dodge will soon be a number one Dodge dealer in the southside of Chicago. You will be treated nothing less then great and feel like it's your home. So in closing, I would really like to meet anyone that has had a bad experience at the dealership and assure you that I will do whatever it takes to get you back as a customer. Thanks for your time and you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org also check out our new and improved website @ www.midwaydodge.com.
I have worked with Flat Roofs Chicago Company a few times in my 6 years of home ownership and I've been pleased with each experience. Upon initial contact, if you call their phone number, you'll almost always get someone in person to take down your information. Then this person will give your request to the owner, who in turn, calls back, almost immediately. Having a flat roof isn't extremely common, but in the city, you'll find many more. It's hard to know who to contact for any repairs or replacement, but this is a great company to use! I first used them a few years ago after realizing we had some roof damage, and they repaired everything, no problem. Then, we had an exceptionally bad winter with lots of ice and wind and we had so much roof damage, that insurance was going to help us pay for a roof replacement. They was easy to work with and gave a very fair price. They give out his cell so you can contact him whenever you need to and he's great about returning calls. They start work right away and always clean up afterwards. I was able to contact him through email as well which is nice, so we always have written documentation of conversations had, invoices, etc. I would absolutely call them again if I needed help in the future with my flat roofs
We had our furnace stop working in April and we called Four Seasons to take a look at it since we purchased it from them about 5 years ago and we get our scheduled cleanings done through them as well. The service tech was really nice and called about 20 minutes before he arrived. He wore shoe covers so as not to get my floors dirty, which I thought was considerate. Eventually, he diagnosed a bad blower motor and when I asked him what the damage would be to replace it he asked to see my contract. Luckily the wife files everything away and I was able to find it and he said that we were covered for parts and labor and since we had kept up with our cleanings the motor would be replaced under warranty. The tech had the part in stock in his van and it took him a little over an hour to fix the furnace. I felt bad as there wasn't much room for him to work but he said that he commented about having worked in smaller spaces before. I thought it was awesome that the tech asked to see our contract first instead of playing off my ignorance and charging me unnecessarily to replace the part. He also mentioned that we were offered a longer warranty than what most other competitors give. What great customer service!
I've spent $1000's here and most of it was worth it, because I saved alot of money as well. Instead of replacing both of my malfunctioning door locks, they managed to clean and repair the driver-side lock, only replacing the passenger side lock, and for much less than I expected (the dealership wanted to replace them for x2 the cost, without even physically checking out the locks themselves). This is only 1 example of the honest, hard-working approach that this shop employs. I trust them to make honest assessments of the car trouble, while offering cheaper yet effective solutions than I would find elsewhere. Another for instance: I had damage to my right front panel over my right front tire, and they offered to either 1) replace the part ($400), or 2) mechanically pull out the dent and paint it ($300). Instead of just telling me that option 1) was the only choice, I was able to pick option 2), which when I asked for the difference between the 2 options, they said "nothing, they will look the same". This blew me away, because other shops prefer to "replace" instead of "repair" (which probably takes longer and costs less). I went with option 2), and the panel looks as good as new.
Tom and Derek from Chicago Roofing Pro were recommended to me by a friend who had work done on his home. My roof, siding and about 3’ of gutters were damaged during a hail storm and needed to be replaced. Derek came out and identified the problems and suggested that I should contact my insurance company. He met with the adjuster and made sure all the damage was properly documented. Sure enough the damage was severe and was covered by my policy. After discussing my options I hired him. His crew was out two days later. The work was completed in less than two days. Siding on dormer, roof on house and garage, siding on garage, and new gutters and down spouts all around. They even had to replace some wood on the roof and install all new vents. I can't believe how great everything looks. They cleaned up all the mess and never bothered me for anything. I have recommended Chicago Roofing Pro to other friends and they have all used Chicago Roofing Pro. Very professional and cared about my satisfaction, on top of that they suggested and installed 40 year old Tomko shingles. My roof, my house looks beautiful and I am very happy that I used them. Thank you Tom and Derek.
Once again Western and Bryn Mawr Auto repair helped me and got my 20 year old car running. I would hate to be the mechanic that fixes my car because my car is so old and am sure my car is hard to work on. Sami and George's mechanics are always nice, friendly and very respectful with me and I always walk away with a feeling like my job would have costed more had I gone to say a dealership. These are good neighborhood guys they always are more than fair with me and they keep my little ford in tip top shape for a 20 year old car. This time they did my break pads, rotors, tie rod, ball joint, 1 stud 2 calipers and an oil change. I am not going to say what I paid but asked around and everyone I asked guessed a much higher price than what these two brothers charged me. They are truly angels and are the best. Let me also add that my 20 year old car starts up like a brand new car in the cold weather and I really think it is because Sami and George's mechanics take such good care of my car. I bring it in every 3 months for an oil change and they look it over for me and make sure it is safe for me to drive. I am so thankful to them.
We needed a new furnace so I found a ad in the suntimes and I checked a few sites and they had good ratings .The estimator was very nice he took the time to tell us about what we should do and he didnt push us he let me and my wife think about it and we called him several times with more questions and he never seemed to mind .The thing that got me to write this review which I never do is the fact that after the job was complete about a week later he called and said he had something for us and would like to stop by .The door bell rings and I open the door and he has a gift box in his hand and says my wife is a pastry chef and she baked some cookies for you.I WAS SHOCKED WE HAVE HAD NEW WINDOWS A ROOF NEW FENCE ETC OVER THE YEARS AND NEVER HAVE WE EVEN GOT A THANK YOU CARD HE WENT OVER AND ABOVE WHAT WAS NECESSARY .He also went down stairs and looked over the job and answered a few questions I had .I can tell you that Four Seasons has the best people I have ever worked with on my home improvements the installers were nice the phone lady the sales guy it was just a great experience .
I recently had a situation at my home with my furnace breaking down late Friday night. After numerous phone calls to multiple companies I realized that a lot of the companies advertising 24 hr service were a sham. I was connected repeatedly to answering machines and what appeared to be a call service of some kind. I needed someone at my house A.S.A.P after looking a little further I was pleasantly surprised to find FOUR SEASONS HEATING &amp;amp; AIR CONDITIONING. When I called this particular company I spoke to the receptionist who then transferred me right away to the service department. They were able to send a service man out within that hour. When the service man Randy arrived he was very professional and explained to me what was wrong with my furnace, what part I would need, and the cost of the repair. I chose the repair he had the part on his truck and had me up and running in about 30 minutes. This company is breath of fresh air. I recommend FOUR SEASONS to anyone looking for a fantastic Heating and Air conditioning Contractor
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.