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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…
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Update 12/10/13: This clown below me is stating the obvious when construction is taking place. It's probably the last property manager posting below as they the management team were not invited back after interviewing for their positions they had, so pretty much they were fired. I've lived here for a 1.5 years and all I can say it's much better now than before. This liar below my review probably has issues due to not paying on time or something else, he or she is complaining about how much the rent is? They are giving move in discounts as well as assuring (my) rent wouldn't go up more than it did last renewal which was low. They don't want everyone just moving out if they jack the price up. Common sense would tell you that. Obviously he or she doesn't have it. The trash compactor in ALMOST all apartment complexs have issues. They even bought a new one here that locks and compacts the trash when it locks. So im not sure what the reviewer is talking about. All complex's are going to have people that find complaining to post, like above. All i'm saying is, I might renew and this is a real review NOT from the office. I will say since I recently posted, the only thing I find annoying is the new maintenance supervisor is not as good as the last one and they are slower to fix things. What the reviewer also stated, about the roads needing to be repaved is completely twisting the truth. It DID make sense that they repaved the complex in Dec. instead of month ago because of the trucks. That's a logical answer. So I disagree completely. The management team is actually good and very professional. Complete 180 from the last terrible management team. BTW, you can now pay your rent online without a fee unlike before. ----------------------------------------------------------- I'm giving this a 4 out of 5, it's under construction and they are making major improvements everywhere. I'm very impressed. Not sure why some renters are complaining to management about noise, you obviously are going to have noise for awhile, when you are redoing the entire complex!!!!! Have a open mind please!. It needs to be done. One of the reasons people were not renewing their leases was because the past owners barely kept it going and just repaired things. Did not care what the place looked like. I liked the price and the size of the townhouse was my reason. I disliked Sharon and Amy the managers. Absoutely terrible overall no need to get into details as they were FIRED. The new management team is 100X's better. I used to not like walking in the complex office, now I look forward to saying hello. The customer service alone has improved 100X's as well. That alone has me now thinking of renewing. The past management team would not take care of a major issue with my carpet (massive carpet cleaner used) from the last tenants. I brought it up to the new management team and I receive a call letting me know they are replacing free of charge and right away. It's also much nicer. They are just nice and keep their promises so far. The owners who I obviously haven't met are doing the right thing and redoing the entire complex from painting to new roofs, new siding, new pools, new playground (MUCH NEEDED) new fencing and more. I had complaints before but not now at all. Great job so far!
We've used B&L on two occasions, both with absolutely fantastic results. They did landscaping work in the front yard including addressing grading issues near our foundation, adding 6" drainage pipe that directs all water from all gutter downspouts away from our house, creating a huge ground cover bed of jasmine, adding large two beds of camellias, adding liriope and doing xeroscaping in our densely shaded side yard. Their work is beautiful. We were so pleased with the front and side yard that we hired them recently to renovate the backyard. They did an extensive demolition of an overgrown backyard, hauled away a considerable amount of yard waste/debris, did grading work in the backyard, placed 47 azaleas, 5 gardenias, a St. Luke's plum, added a raised bed garden using Tremron Stonegate retaining wall stones, hauled in 12" of topsoil for the garden and then topped that with 6" of potting soil on top of that. They also added two beds of agapanthus, two beds of blue daze, added a stone walkway with pea gravel interposed between stones, transplanted 5 dwarf nandinas, created three sizable boulder gardens with existing large limestones leftover from a previous homeowner, placed pine straw around everything, and laid 2000 SF of sod. It looks UNBELIEVABLE! They reconfigured our irrigation system to accommodate the new landscaping, fixed broken and leaking heads, and added drip irrigation to our planters. They had leftover sod and used it to lay a grass pathway around the side yard and then, when they realized there was still a considerable amount of leftover sod, they asked us if there was anywhere else we'd like it to be laid. We had some overgrown shrubs on either side of our driveway and they didn't look attractive at all. So, they agreed to remove the shrubs and their rootballs and lay the sod. They laid about 600 SF of extra sod that day- all in the same day. It looks GREAT! Overall, we couldn't be more pleased with the results. We will be using them again for future projects!
This is a beautiful place to live. All staff is easy to work with and I appreciate them all. I hardly remember names unless people do something to make it memorable to me and that can be something good or bad. In this case it is incredibly good...and all that I share is done with a smile on my face. With that said, I remember Jennifer who is the manager because she was extremely kind and professional when I was in need of help. I can't forget Nikki because of her professionalism and willingness to help. I made a point to find out Edgar's name because of all of his hard work. Whenever I have had something wrong during the past 2 years I have lived here he has been excellent. He has a good attitude and fixes whatever I need done. Matt goes above and beyond when providing service and he really impresses me. I love Matt's personality, he is that someone that anyone would love to have on their team. He is thoughtful, hardworking, kind and extremely professional. I haven't needed any major repairs because this is a great place but when I needed to have shelves reinforced, closet doors realigned (because I was too rough), filters changed, additional smoke detectors, extermination, an electrical glitch, my bathtub re-done, stopping of a leak...all normal things that happen in day to day life. They have been there. Nikki drew up the works orders quickly, efficiently and everything ran like clockwork each and every time. So in addition to living in a nice place you have the assurance of knowing that your needs will be met in a timely manner. The work will be completed by dependable, hardworking maintenance men with great attitudes. Attitude matters the most because good customer service is hard to find and if you are like me always appreciated!!! Thank you Bella Terrazza! I will spread my review around because I am happy. Otherwise I would not take the time so believe me, I am pleased and highly satisfied.
100 times better than Chase oaks, where to begin? Well the new company that owns this property and other's buy struggling properties. I have been here when it was Chase oaks and it was horrible inside and out as well as the management. Maintenance has always been pretty good. 1. Getting rid of Shannon the manager made things better right off the bat. 2. New Manager Dustin is the complete opposite of her. Very understanding, keeps his word. Honest and just is a good person. Seems like the rest of the office staff follows his lead. 3. Maintenance manager has changed a bit but I noticed the service is more organized under Dustin's leadership. 4. It's just CLEANER NOW! especially the dumpster. 5. The biggest one, IT'S A NEW COMPLEX. They re-did everything besides the playground. Everything is new. It took a little over a year but wow! It's so much nicer and I didn't mind paying a little more when my rent renewed. I won't be staying after my new 7 month lease is over but I would of moved out two years ago if this change(s) didn't happen. 6. Increasing the rate AND A OVER NIGHT ARMED GUARD. Helped get rid of the rift raft. I don't see shady people when i'm walking my dog at night like I did in the past. Yes I would only suggest since i've been living here is assigned parking, but there are always available spots. It's never jammed packed...so you have to walk a little bit. BIG DEAL!
In regard to the complaint filed by resident Johneisha. Resident 1st reported her AC problem to our Leasing Office on May 20, 2013 that was resolved same date. Additonal call received 5/23 late PM, due to current weather conditions our staff reponded the next business day resolving the matter. On May 30, resident called again late PM, my staff responded next business day finding the air handler stopped working which was a separate issue from her 1st call. Our staff immediately called our Vendor, part had to be ordered and matter was resolved on June 3, 2013. Due to the location of this apartment the windows could be opened. My staff was very apologetic during this time frame and offered the resident a portable unit, that was declined. Resident was then informed to open all windows and utilize her ceiling fans. Current weather conditions during this time frame were low 80's during the day with a variance of 60's in the evening. The Oaks has and will always handle AC issues and any other concerns in a professional manner and resolve the matter ASAP.
First of all, let me start out by referencing the rating that was posted by haloola99, dated 08/19/2009. That was the old management that existed when Atlantic Crossing first opened to start leasing and I agree a bad experience; however, the new management team that we have now is awesome. They are very pleasant, easy to talk to, and committed to making and having a connected community. They communicate via physical, emails, and newsletters. They often ask what could they do to make your stay pleasant as well as what ideas you may have to contribute. They host events so that the community can meet and know each other like a family. Also, maintenance is very timely and efficient. The apartments are like homes. They are color cordinated with beautiful paints and trims. The bathrooms are roomy and I love the separate dining room/living room look. The landscaping is very nice and well kept also. Thanks for reading DB
My son was visiting from out of town and always likes to go to different restaurants. I had heard through the "grapevine" about this new restaurant and we came from west side of Jacksonville just to eat there. A couple of times in past I had been to same location when it was a seafood restaurant and decorated with fish etc. Was surprised how nice it looked with fresh paint and decorations. Linda was there and welcomed us. I had traditional breakfast and my son had scotch eggs with grits etc. His eggs were a surprize to him. Hard boiled eggs inside saurage shaped like an egg. Surprize when you cut into it. He said it was delicious. Wonderful biscuits. I loved my breakfast and he loved his too. Generous portions and prices very reasonable. I will be back to enjoy again.
must say I was extremely pleased with Keith Green who designed a landscape that promised to be on the border of excellance! He provided all the plants, well selected for shade and sun. Designed three stone walls surrounding our beds; a magificant water fall as well. He created for me and my wife a landscape that is not only functional, east to maintain, attractive, but one that we will enjoy for years. An innovated, beautiful and inviting living space in our own back yard. His followup to detail is superb! I recommend Keith to anyone who wishes to have a landscape designed that fits the architecture of a home, a person who is very knowlegable and has quality in mine at all time. Thank you Keith! Sincerely, Joe Bland 08/21/2011
After hearing good things about this restaurant from a relative, I decided to give it a try. First let me say that this restaurant opens only on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays (hence the name The Weekend Cafe) I went in last Sunday, and I ordered a $10 plate which included; rice and gravy, macaroni and cheese, collard greens, potato salad, corn bread, and your choice of meat (they have oxtails, smothered/fried porkchops, baked/fried chicken,ribs, and chitterlings, but I opted for smothered porkchops) Everything was delicious, and the pork chops were very tender. To top all of that off, I ordered a slice of red velvet cake (it costs $2), and it was by far, the best I've tasted. Needless to say, I'll be back.
Larry solved my backyard drainage problem and I couldn't be happier with the results. No one else could come up with a solution, but Larry inspected my yard and came up with a plan I could afford, including a beautiful brick patio. Now I can sit outside and enjoy my yard, and I don't worry about it flooding every time it rains! Also, I can't say enough good things about his workers. They show up on time, work hard all day, and clean up before they leave. They are polite and helpful. They have said to me many times "we will do whatever you want, you are the customer." I would definitely hire them again.
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.