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1 Heartland DrSan Antonio, TX 78247
From Business: Heartland Health Care Centers’ skilled nursing and rehabilitation centers offer post-acute services for those transitioning from hospital to home. This specialized quality care helps shorten or eliminate hospital stays, laying the groundwork for a successful discharge. Some of these services include: high-intensity physica…
3031 W Interstate 10San Antonio, TX 78201
From Business: The Center for Health Care Services improves the lives of people with mental health disorders, substance abuse challenges and developmental disabilities.
9922 State Highway 151San Antonio, TX 78251
My Mom has been there since November of 2014. The medical staff is is very efficient and the aids are very helpful. My Mom has been treated very well. i have no complaints.
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Hmmm, what can I say about this man that will convey why he's such an asset to the field he's chosen to do good work in, without writing a book that is so long you eventually lose interest? I guess I'll just say that if not for Richard, you wouldn't be reading my words today as I'd be long dead. If you are someone who is ready to be brave enough to do the work for (an) issue(s) that affect your quality of life, and are open minded enough to attempt to trust a professional to help you, Richard is a great place to start. More details? On top of being a great diagnostician (from 1999 to 2011 I saw 10+ therapists and none prior to Richard could properly diagnose me - a lot of money wasted on not a lot of resources over those years - Richard should collect ALL of their paychecks!), Richard is very flexible. He approaches therapy with regard to the human sitting across from him, and while the stigma is that "therapy is just for rehashing the past and crying it out", Richard can let you vent or help you see other perspectives so you'll gain insight into your issues, but he also works with other options; sometimes we've practiced deep breathing techniques so I can stop a panic attack quicker while in between sessions, and other times we've spent back to back sessions with him at his white board, never condescending but always teaching more about the theory of what happens in your head when you i.e. get mad and get the urge to maim someone instead of handle anger like "a normal person". In short, if you're willing to put in the time, you'll find yourself in an emotionally safe and genuine-feeling environment to not only vent and process what's "going on in your head" but also learn new skills, ways of thinking, and be encouraged to practice them for as long as it takes and you're no longer in need of such guidance, but now doing it on your own! THANK YOU to Richard in case you ever read this, because really, there *are* no other words and so I cannot say those two enough.
I had recently moved to South Texas 5 yrs ago.I was way out there a place called Fashing.One hot May afternoon while working in garden it hit PAIN.Oh NO!Here I am almost 300 miles from my home town HOUSTON.The famous medical center and MY doctors. Went to a small hospital in Kenedy and was Life Flighted by the "THE BOYS IN BLUE" to a place I never heard of TEXSAN HOSPITAL,scared you bet I was and my wife ,being a nurse, was too.But what a wonderful experience. Dr Casey was a great professional doctor and the hospital was state of the arts.First thing we noticed was how organized everything was.No running out of the room for the nurses to get supplies,everything needed right in room.Everyone working together,procedure done,NO OPEN HEART,but my second stent,and much better care than in Houston.Recovery in my own room with family to be moral support,and good staff caring staff. If you have ever been in a hospital you can tell this hospital was designed with the patient in mind..Make a place good for the employees to work and they can take much better care of the patients.Again I much say the "VISIT" was 100% a success. I give 5 stars and would and have told everyone I know how great Texsan is.Heart problems are no guessing game,Take me to Texsan if I every have problems again.
HI my name is Benita and I am currently the office manger here at Children's Night Clinic and I would like to clear up some false information that I see above. OK first off we DO take community first Medicaid so rodriguez1984 I do not know where you got that info but it is wrong. And as far as us not seeing fever and breathing problems that is another false statement almost every patient that comes to our clinic has a fever as one of their symptoms so to say we do not see patients with fever is not true, and we always see patients with breathing problem asthma is one of the main illnesses we see here. Now of course if a patient comes in and it is almost closing time with a high fever and/or is asthmatic with trouble breathing that is the only time we would refer to the emergency room because we would not have enough time to clear the patient up and/or run any test if necessary. I advise anyone thinking of bringing their child to our clinic to call us rather than going off reviews because not all statements made on a review are accurate as proven here. Thank You and we look forward to helping your child.
I love cats, but unfortunately I developed an allergy to cats. I own several cats but they would be unable to fend for themselves outdoors. Even the best professional housekeepers I employed could not keep my house clean enough for me to tolerate being in my own home without nasal congestion and even asthma symptoms. Dr. Adrianne suggested allergy shots as an alternative to my ineffective medications. After 2 years of receiving allergy shots once every 2-3 weeks, I became symptom-free in my home. I did experience some irritation at the injection site of the shot early in the treatment, but this has now resolved. Dr. Adrianne explained that some non-Allergists use low dose "allergy shots" or allergy "drops" to avoid allergic reactions but that low dose shots or "drop" therapies have been shown to be inferior in effectiveness to "conventional" high dose shots. My feeling is that if you're going to spend several years getting a treatment, you need to get one that works. I highly recommend the Drs. at Alamo Asthma & Allergy.
Unfortunatley I have had to visit this hospital often as well as others in the baptist network... Out of all of the hospitals North Central was the BEST out of them all. The service was top notch and the compassion was unbelievable. I feel safe and properly cared for every time life takes a crazy turn on my families health and I have to pay them a visit. My son is 3 and had a sezuire.. When the paramedics arrived they told me he should be seen and recommeded North Central Baptist in the same breath... I am closer to NE Baptist but the care I get from there doesn't come close to North Central. So after my son was stable I relocated to North Central and was very pleased... If you have a choice in medical care I would HIGHLY recommend North Central Baptist.... not only is the worth the ride, but the peace of mind and care you get; you can not put a dollar amount on it. Thank you.
Ran in for my appt with bulging red eyes & not :"a clue "as to why. Dr. Evans spoke very softly & slowly. Kept me calm & explained what he was doing and what outcome would be good or bad. Even when he ran out of ideas and still no answers, I was still calm and asked what else we should try? He gave me a list of things I needed to get done and we exchanged cell numbers. We kept in touch through it all. After 4 days with slow progression he kept in touch promising to do his best at making sure my eye problem does not get worse. I believed in him without any doubt. Once my "problem" went away, Dr. Evans ran me through a whole other set of tests and got a very ecstatic clean bill of health. We were both very happy and I am glad to refer him to some of my friends who also have Lupus. Thank You So Very Much Dr. Evans!!! Sincerely, Lisa A.F.
I brought my 7 y.o. child to Dr. Adrianne Vaughn for evaluation of a stuffy nose that had been present for a year.. My pediatric Dr. had said it was allergies because the nasal; drainage was typicall clear, but allergy medications were not working. Dr. Vaughn skin tested Claire (which did not hurt) and found that she did not have any allergies. She then ordered a CAT scan that showed a chronic sinus infection. The doctor treated her with antibiotic (2 courses) and Claire's symptoms resolved. Dr.Adrianne also checked her immune system and found that she was not making antibodies to protect her from infection with a bacteria called strep. pneumonia. She gave Claire a shot for this problem and she has been well for the last 6 months. I highly recommend this practice to anyone with nasal problems.
When I first went to see doctor Schultz, I could barely walk. The man was helpful and cheerful, and got me able to at least move a little without pain. I only missed work on the day I laid out to find help. His caring staff, and at his craft has given me relief and ever increasing mobility. Advice and beyond the call, he also remedied my neck, and explained how all these different subluxations- that is, joints out of whack! ....could effect many aspects of my life. I am pleased to say I have experienced all the relief promised from pain, to sinus, to gastro-intestinal.... the list goes on. If you're teetering and unsure, let this be the testimonial to sway your decision. Chiropractic works! Dr Schultz is an angel! Nuff said!
Texan Heart Hospital is the very best hospital to be in if you have heart problems, I had open heart in Al. After 5 mos. my health had not improved. I came home to Texas, and had to have emergency heart surgery again. the first one had only been 5 mons before. I got a mechanial heart valve on Aug.5, 2007. after one year i am doing great and there is no way to thank the doctors and staff that took care of me, with out them I would not be here today. I pray I never have more heart surgery, but if I do I have ask my family to do whatever it takes to get me to Texsan Heart Hospital. To the Doctors and Staff, you are the best. I thank you from the bottom of my heart valve. Jewel Pickett and grateful family.
I took my daughter Claire to see Dr. Adrianne. Claire had a stuffy nose for one year with clear drainage which was not responding to allergy medications prescribed by her pediatrician. Dr. Vaughn tested Claire for allergies by skin testing (no needles were used) and found that she did not have allerfies. Dr. Adrianne then ordered a CAT scan that showed there was a chronic sinus infection. After 2 courses on antibiotics, Claire's symptoms disappaered. The Dr. also tested Claire's immune system and found she had poor protection against Strep pneumonia that she corrected with a vaccination. Claire has been weel for over 6 months. I highly recommend this allergy practice.
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.