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Excellent service AND staff! Very nice facility. Well kept and organized. The care is exceptional! I would not trust my children with anyone but then. You won’t be dissapointed’
It's unfortunate that the daycare is still open. There are a handful of phenomenal teachers that absolutely love each child in the class like they're their own. The majority of the teachers are horrible . That being said I recently just took both my children out of his school. This school is filled with faculty that lie to your face and owners who don't care about the few decent teachers they have.My children have both been picked on by faculty. My oldest daughter is still non-verbal and that did not make me comfortable in that daycare setting with those teachers for the simple fact that she couldn't tell me that they were picking on her or the things that they were doing. There are things that I have seen and things that other parents have told me that they were doing that I tried to bring to the attention of the owners. I tried to set up several meetings upon a month-and-a-half span and was cancelled on anytime meetings were set up but they had no problems keeping meetings with military families who threatened to have them blacklisted if they didn't set up a meeting and address issues right there and then. Recently there was one issue that I tried to address with the owner's wife as well as faculty about a new teacher being too rough with the children by screaming in their faces and roughly snatching a toy out of their hand. While I was telling them this the one faculty member just had a grin on her face and before I even left the building comments were made about how I complain too much about things. I was very upfront and told them I understand that I complain about things but clearly there are reasons why I complain and I'm not sorry for speaking on behalf of my children especially if I feel like they're starting to become unsafe in their school. Keep in mind this conversation that I had was also being overheard by other people around. I didn't feel safe bringing my child back to that day care that day. I also had another teacher that I personally overheard telling another co-worker that they could not stand my 11 month old in in their classroom and could not wait until they moved up into the 1 year old classroom. This comment that I personally heard was also being overheard by other faculty members around and not one person corrected this teacher or told her what she had just stated was completely unacceptable.The list goes on and on as far as the many instances that have happened with my children in that school. I know numerous parents have made complaints that weren't taken seriously or just dismissed as soon as they were told. This school is one of the cheapest ones in town and I now understand why. For the safety of my children I chose to leave that daycare and never look back. If you want to bring your children to a daycare where you have to worry about their safety constantly, faculty lying to you, and owners who could care less than this is the perfect daycare for you
Staff Very unprofessional will not be returning to this facility for this amongst other issues I had
I was a teacher working for Panda. The building is nice but the management is terrible and unorganized. Other teachers are not happy either & the company serves the same meals every week. The company hired me, to tell me they no longer needed me due to the other teacher coming back and then the company will not provide me a letter saying I am no longer employed. ? Terrible experience!
I would highly suggest the Lake in the Pines if you are okay with having to call the cops for a creeping peeping tom. OR if you're okay with coming outside to see several people "hot boxing". Never mind finding out your neighbor is a drug dealer. (By the way a murder occurred here less than 3 years ago. We didn't find that out until after moving in.) Additionally, forget having your beloved dog here...they refuse to treat the grass year round (They "stop in the winter" mind you its now mid March- apparently it's still winter to them?) Therefore, I have poured $1,500 into vet bills in the past 3 weeks in attempts to save his life. (He is currently now being hospitalized for multiple issues- starting with whip worm and hopefully ending in Giardia. The vet assured me just by walking in the grass, sniffing or eating it caused this...and he is always home no where else. Prior to living here he has never had any health conditions, also keep in mind all of this is transferable to humans.) Additionally, if you have a maintenance problem prepare for a wait. We have needed a door replaced that they broke during their last air filter change. We were assured they were ordering a door. Two months later its still not replaced. Lastly, the apartment assistant manager is very rude and refused to say sorry. The only comments out of her mouth were, "Be sure to fill out a 30 day notice to leave." In conclusion to live here you have to be a handy man, cannot have pets, or go without a gun. We are happily breaking our lease. What a nightmare!
Best preK program ever. My daughter attended the school last year and learned so much. The place was so clean and the workers are so kind and really take good care of the children there. I was so upset when my daughter finished the program and moved to a different school to st
my kids and i love it. they do crafts and field trips and my children are excited to go and sad to leave
Great place to move if you don't have much but overall the management team sucks. I almost always have to put in the same work order at least 3 times before anything actually gets done. Property manager is very rude and facetious when it comes to creating solutions for client concerns. Maintenance team is more concerned with working the clock than gettin things done. If it wasn't for the prices I would, without a doubt, say this is the worst complex in town
I had a great time getting to know her. She treats you like family not just a customer. Good luck with everything!
This is probably the worst apartment complex I have ever stayed in. Maintenence doesn't know anything about maintaining and fixing stuff. I have leaky pipes in my floor and in my walls. When I asked them to come fix it all they did was spray some paint over the spots and tell me to watch it. It took 6 months to get a screen put on my bedroom window, im sitting on 2 weeks with my ac not blowing cold, the walls are stupid thin, you can here your neighbor taking a pee, walking, having nuptials .....everytime I call to have them come fix anything they act like they don't want to put in the work order in the office. The office staff likes to hang up on you when you get upset because they want to violate the lease instead of fixing the issues. My lease is almost up and I will NOT be renewing. The security is decent but they like to hang out with the residents when they work....I've seen a few of them drinking while on shift...this apartment complex is a joke...they need to level them out and build new up to date buildings and seriously screen their applicants....Barrington Place went from being crime filled to drug dealer on every street. I seriously am ready to move out. This place is a freaking joke.
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.