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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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Overview:Certified childcare service ideal for part time or date night care. My almost 2 year old loves going 2-3 times a week during those occasions that mommy and daddy are both scheduled to work at the same time. This is ideal if your schedule varies from week to week or if you have the outside normal hours meetings to attend. The facility:Kidz in a minute is conveniently located in the Target shopping center near Once Upon a Child. They are open 8:30am-9pm Mon-Thu, until 10pm on Fri and Sat. and 1-5pm on Sun. As you enter the building you are in a reception area with a half window half wall separating the reception area from the play area so you can see your child is playing happily before you completely leave the facility. This greatly reduces anxiety for both child and parent. There is room for napping and,a small kitchen for heating and storing food. You can provide food or for additional $5 at pick up they will. No peanuts or peanut butter allowed (we sent a peanutbutter and jelly sandwich one time . In the play area itself there is an indoor pirate ship play house with slide (my son loves), climbing wall, play house, 2 computers with child friendly software, and tables crafts, coloring, and meals/snacks.Cost:Annual membership is only $20 and half of that was credited to the cost of our first visit. Standard rate is $10 per hour, but package plans are available and provide a substantial discount well worth investing in. There are also some simple loyalty programs (card punch and Facebook check-in) that you can participate in to accumulate free hoursStaff:Staff are certified childcare providers competent and friendly. They keep a daily schedule posted online allowing for play, clean-up, snacks, and even potty reminders which has helped my own son become more excited about potty training.Before you go:There is an online registration form you can fill out or print off to fill out and have ready the first time you bring your child in so you can use your time to speak with the staff and introduce your child to the facility rather than standing around filling out paperworkAdded bonus:Your Kidz in a Minute membership card is good for discounts at other businesses in the shopping center. A list of participating retailers is available online.Funny comment: The first day we took our son here he had so much fun that when daddy showed up to take him home he cried and ran back to the pirate ship saying 'No! Mine! Mine!' He has gotten better about leaving and anytime we go to the shopping center he gets excited and points out the brick building with Kidz in a Minute babbling happily.
I posted a review on another site about Bliss Salon and now this one because as a very busy professional, I do use many of the websites and read the reviews as a way to find a good place for services, etc. I laughed when I read many of the reviews from one site, Citysearch as it was SO obvious that a large number of salons in Raleigh had at best "phony" reviews and at worse, probably written by the salon owner. Any reasonably intelligent person could read into the review and see "is there something management is trying to tell me here" mentality! Further, I personally know that certain salons will give DEEP discounts and freebies to those they "highly" encourage to write a review. Pretty sad! So after stepping off my soapbox, I must write a review on Bliss Salon for a few reasons. First and foremost, NO ONE from the salon wanted or asked me to write a review, in fact there is only two folks working there. There is a thing that is missing in today's impersonal business environment. It is called class. Bliss Salon reminds me so much of how things used to be in this country. When someone says they are going to do something, they follow through. No excuses, blow-offs and whining. Ronda is the owner and I have had the pleasure of knowing her for awhile and she has the class and personality that is contagious. What you see is really and truly what you get at her salon. The work ethic she possesses is superb and when she says she is going to make it right, she means it. At one point in my life I actually liked the buzz of a big salon, but as I, along with almost all of my friends have gotten extremely tired of the nonsense, ego's and poor abilities of the stylists at these places, I cannot say enough for a small salon that does deliver exactly what it says, one on one attention and a whole lot of skill thrown in.
We've been CDC parents for 3 years now and love it. I wish they had a north campus because we have since moved much farther away, but the kiddo loves it so much I couldn't ever think of pulling him out for the sake of convenience. The teachers are exceptional. As another poster said, the holidays they have can be frustrating for two-working-parent or single-parent households, but usually one of the teachers will set up a little informal camp or something. And every single teacher there deserves holiday pay and some time off. I don't even understand how they can be so great and patient and fun all the time.A few years ago we did have an issue with a teacher that was always late, making the parents late for work. It was a big problem. After a few complaints, she was either fired or moved on and for the last 2 years there has not been one single problem.The school itself is more laid-back, hippie style than the intensely clean and organized Montessori centers you see. The toys are well-loved. There is paint all over the fence. A favorite activity is playing in mud. MY child comes home happy, tired and dirty. I'm used to it now and would not have it any other way.They believe in play-based, child-led learning. No academics, no pushing reading or math, etc. But when a child has a question, they explore the answer hands on, focusing on 'discovery'. This method is not for every parent or every child. It works great for us. Growing up is hard enough, getting to be a kid when you are a kid and develop a sense of curiosity is important.I feel the price is average for central, center-based care and a great deal when you consider the caliber of employees.
Best personal chef service ever! I found Chef Mario (chefmario.com) after an accident that left one family member with a severe head injury, and leaving me as a caretaker. I was out of my mind with worry and stress, and someone suggested I look into a personal chef to ease my daily chores. After quite a bit of online research, I chose Chef Mario to deliver meals for what I thought would be one week. I was so impressed with the quality of the food that I extended the service another week...then another...then another. Having a healthy dinner prepared for my family made all the difference to helping us recover from the devastating accident.So, enough about me, how about the food. First, everything is delicious--gourmet quality. I'm typically a picky eater, but I have loved every single meal that has been delivered--that's 15 different entrees so far. Plus, it seems that a lot of attention is paid to the nutritional value of the entrees and the portions are generous.Chef Mario's service is perfect. They were able to accommodate my order as a last-minute addition when I explained my dire situation, and they make sure to ask about food allergies. They deliver when promised, and everyone I've talked to has been kind, helpful, and enthusiastic.Truly, I cannot thank Chef Mario enough for the wonderful food and service at this difficult time. This is an exceptional personal chef.
First of all, I want to state that CDC is not right for every child and that is perfectly fine. My 2 yo has attended the Children's Discovery Center for 6 months and she is excited to go to "scoo" every single day. She even asks to go on the weekends. The place would not be the same without the teachers! Every single one is a gem and can always be found at kid level, sitting on the ground, laps full of kids. It is so obvious that each one is there because they enjoy it and not just for the paycheck. They are patient and creative and involved every step of the way.The "curriculum" is appropriate for a bunch of 1 - 3 year olds. It's stated much more eloquently on their website, but the kiddo's are given all the freedom to be creative, explore and encourage their innate curiosities. Children grow at such amazingly different speeds and take to such various skill sets, that I personally don't see the benefit to the child in anything "standardized".Not too pricey compared to most full time centers and certainly not for the benefits she gets from attending, but high for our working budget. However, the director, Rosalind has been AMAZING and has helped in finding assistance and with working with us on payments. We will be a Discovery School for as long as we can possibly manage it!
Nabila Tanas, From Tanas Therapy, and her profesional team help me back to health when I though I would never be the same again, they pushed me beyond my own limits and today I am almost as good as before; their personal 1:1 approach, their hands on technique and holistic interaction with each patient, made the journey not only one of physical chalenges, trauma and physical growth, but a transformation of self, in terms of spiritual strenght, emotional growth and learning about how my body works; Tanas and team, are amazing teachers, and I leave their practice, with mix feelings, after 7 months of intensive physical therapy, I leave healed and happier, you have became like family and friend to me and my family, I will miss you dearly and deeply, and know that I am eternaly grateful for everything you have done to bring me back "complete", I still believe you need to have the bumper stickers that say " I "heart" Tanas) ! I Highly and completely will reccomend to everyone to contact you for any physical therapy needs or a relaxing massage! Love y ou Nabila and Team and a forever THANK YOU!
I have been going to Audrie for several years and find her to be the kindest and most even-tempered stylist I know. She's also fast and always looking for ways to save her clients time without sacrificing quality. The Salon is beautiful and calming as well as very conveniently located, right at the corner of Whitaker Mill Road and Atlantic Avenue, and it's very easy to park. There are several other shops in the same center that would be fun to visit if I had time! I love that the stylists have their own cubicles. It's easy to make an appt. by phone or by email, and Audrie always sends appt. reminders. There is a great magazine selection, a good product selection, and Audrie, despite having a full complement of clients, is really nice about working me in when I have a last minute hair emergency. Becky Daughtry is also very nice and does excellent nails, including nail design. Pricing is very reasonable. From all appearances, Jack and the other stylists in Posh Salon also do very nice cuts and color. Check it out, I think you'll enjoy this Salon!
On my daughter's second visit to the salon she wanted to do a ombre color and brought a photo. The haircut was wonderful as usual but the color looked nothing like what she asked for. The stylist was very impressed with the job they did and my daughter was confused by their enthusiasm. That evening and the next morning I spoke several times with the salon and salon owner. I did not feel comfortable getting the color "fixed" by the original stylist and they could not accommodate our work schedules for an appointment with someone else. I tried another salon who brought her hair back to natural so she could go to work without embarrassing hair. When I tried to schedule with Mark Christopher salon for them to fix the ombre I was informed that because the other salon ruined her hair, my daughter (this was not the rude term they used) would have to pay for yet another full service. Do not go to this salon they have no respect for their customers.
Went here today with our 4 year old and 6 month old and had a great day of hands on activities and learning through play. This is definitely something Toronto needs, our older daughter took part in all the scheduled activities and had a great time and it was so nice to have the play mat areas with mirrors for infants in every room, as it allowed both parents to watch the fun both children were having without either of us being left out. It can be pricey, however it was was worth it the staff were friendly and attentive and always giving advice. Considering how busy it can get it was very clean and staff could be seen always restocking paper, craft supplies, sorting and cleaning toys. Everything is child friendly from lots of high chairs, stools in the bathroom and a comfy nursing room. So sad it ends on the end of the year but will definitely support the building of a permanent centre.
Lisa Dean has been cutting my hair for over 35 years. I followed her from a salon in Crabtree, to one off Glenwood Avenue, and finally to her place when she opened her own business,"Headquarters". My daughter discovered Lisa in her Crabtree salon and encouraged me to try her. I have a difficult head of hair to cut due to a cowlick in back along my neck. She handles that beautifully. Over the years, many of my friends have commented on my haircut, how good it looks on me, how well cut it is. I have changed my hair style slightly, with Lisa handling each request for change without a blink of an eye. I would recommend her for anyone--female or male. I would encourage my husband go, except I have cut his hair myself for almost 50 years. When I can no longer cut it, he will go to her! She deserves more than 5 stars!
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.