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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…
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I am so happy that I found this program. I was so impressed with every thing that they have to offer. I will first start off by saying that I am a middle aged man who had a very bad alcohol dependency problem and my family is the one who was by my side in helping me find a center that would fit all of my needs and we found it with this place. Here they really understand that we as individuals all have different needs that need to be met and we are not all the same. We all come different back grounds and different things have happened in our lives and they offer us things here that fit our life things that are individualized to us so that we have a better chance at being successful. We are in a very safe environment here and it that is helpful while we are doing everything necessary on our end to be successful they are doing everything on their end to make sure that we feel safe and comfortable while we are staying here. One thing that I really had a problem with before I came here was the ability to communicate well with others and my family. I was not able to tell them a lot of the things that I was doing for fear of being judged or people looking at me in a way that was just going to make me feel low and that in turn would have made me drink more. They have a communication course here that really helped me to understand the right and wrong way to communicate with others. They also made it clear that I had to take responsibility for my actions. I was always the one person who would say "I only do this because you do this", or "If you did not do that I would not drink as much". That is unrealistic, I realized with their help that just because I am having difficulty in my life I am the one choosing to drink and keep drinking. It is not because of any one else or their actions and they were able to help me understand what my triggers were so that I can know how to handle a situation before it gets out of control. There was one gentleman here that i would talk to everyday. He always made a point of asking me how my day was, if there was anything that I needed to talk about. He would go out of his way just to make sure that everything was ok with me and that he was there if I needed to talk about anything. It was a god feeling knowing that the staff here really do care and appreciate there clients that come through their doors and they really want to see all of us get better and conquer this disease.They teach us life skills so that when we are done here we are going back out into society with an understanding of what we need to do in order to reach our goals. They are setting us on the road to recovery here and I can not be more grateful for everything that they have done to get me back to the man that I used to be before consuming all of this alcohol. Thank you to all of the staff and thank you for making us all a top priority when we walk in your doors, I hope you all know how amazing you are and keep up the great work
When I started using heroin I thought nothing bad was going to happen because of it. I figured I had everything under control and I would be just fine. I didn’t want help to get sober because I didn’t want to be sober. That changed when my sister overdosed on heroin and died. It was a pretty sobering experience and it shook me to say the least. I kind of understood what the dangers of heroin were but I never really thought about them and what that could mean for me or my sister. When that happened, I knew it was time for me to get clean. I was done with heroin and letting it screw up my life. It doesn’t work like that though. I wanted to get clean and I wanted to be done with heroin but the rehab I went to just wasn’t doing it. The first rehab I went to I made it through the detox which was awful by the way. I was miserable the whole time. Then I made it through the whole program. When I graduated from that program and got home I was nervous about everything. Everything I saw and everything I did seemed to remind me of heroin. I relapsed really quickly after leaving that program. I was right back there though doing the same program for a second time. I don’t know why my parents and I thought the second time would be different from the first time but it wasn’t. I was just doing the same program and it didn’t really help. After that my parents and I decided I wouldn’t go back to that same place and started looking around for other rehab facility. When we found Choices, I knew it was the right place for me. When I got there it just reiterated that to me. I started feeling comfortable right away. It was much easier going through detox at Choices. I was taken care so much better that I the discomfort was minimal compared to what I had gone through before. I chose my own program which was pretty awesome. I didn’t get stuck doing a program that I didn’t feel comfortable doing. I started working on the underlying reason for my addiction instead of just working on the addiction itself. I learned why I was doing what I was doing and how to change that. My parents will tell you that my attitude is much better and I’m a much more pleasant person to be around. I actually hang out with my mom now. I have a relationship with my parents that I never thought I would get back. After completely my program at Choices I went back home and did great for 4 months. I had a job and was content seeing my parents and just living my life. I realized though that I wanted to do more with my life. I went back to Choices to work and I love it there. Every day I help people the same way I was helped. No one should lose their child or their sister to drugs and I’m doing my part to stop that from happening. It is incredibly rewarding. I wouldn’t be anywhere close to where I’m at right now if it weren’t for Choices Recovery.
I went to this center a month or so ago, and I will say that it was a very positive experience for me and I really enjoyed my time here and gained so many things in the process. First off they have trained staff on site which is a big plus because I actually had trained individuals helping me in my recovery process that really knew what they were doing. I never felt like I was being judged for who I was and or where I had come from. They really are compassionate, and they strived every day to offer the best level of care that they can at a degree of professionalism that I was not really plaining to expect but hoped that I did receive. There were so many different individualized groups to choose from in my recovery and I thought that was cool because not everything that worked for the man sitting next to me was guaranteed to work for me. I did not feel like I was forced to do something that I was not connecting with and was a waste of my time. There were days that I did not want to be there and I felt like giving up, but there was this one man there who always talked me out of it. He would always ask me how I was doing how my day was and he could tell if I was having a bad day and he would always make the time to talk to me about it and resolve the issue at hand. He was very caring and he knew that I had it in me to finish this and I owed it to myself not to give up. I learned a lot here. I learned what my underlying issues were and why I began using and what steps I had to take not to fall on this path again. I learned what my triggers were and how to stay away from them and I learned how to spot them before being in a bad situation before it is too late. There were a lot of people here that I could relate to and that was good for me being around individuals that were going through the same things as I was so I was not feeling judged through out this process. The setting of this facility was great. I felt very safe while I was here and the security was amazing. I really learned how to take responsibility for the things in my past that I was always trying to blame other people other people for. That was a big step for me and I began to understand all of the dangerous situations that I was putting myself in. Without this center I really can not say where I would be today. I know that it would not be good and I know that I would be on the path to destruction. I really thank everyone here that made a difference in my life and I can not put into words how thankful am to have met such a caring and compassionate group of individuals who pride themselves everyday by doing things for others to turn their lives around for the better. They are here because they love what they are doing and they do it because they love helping people and saving lives and I can truly say that they have saved mine.
It has been my experience to have to deal with drug and alcohol addiction coming up time and time again in my immediate and extended family both. This has been a big problem for us and one that seems to only get progressively worse as the years go by too. Every few years, someone I know gets stricken with addiction. It’s my belief that substance abuse is becoming a huge problem all across the country, and if something is not done soon about the problem then I am quite certain that it will only get worse before it gets better. There is a silver lining to this cloud though, and that silver lining is with Choices Recovery. About three years ago by daughter, in her early twenties at the time, followed down the path that her brother had walked, and became gruesomely addicted to both drugs and alcohol. It wasn’t until about a year ago that she became willing to do something about it. I immediately contacted Choices Recovery to help, as I had had interactions and dealings with them in the past. Within three days of her first origination of a desire to change, by baby girl was in rehab at Choices Recovery, and I breathed perhaps the first sigh of relief I had breathed in years. I had faith in Choices Recovery, as I knew they were a good and solid addiction rehabilitation program. When people think about drug and alcohol addiction rehabilitation, they often think with the pipe dream of a luxurious, five star resort on a tropical beach somewhere. Why? Why I ask? What is that really going to do to help someone actually beat addiction for good? Probably not much. Sure Choices Recovery has some nice amenities, and sure the facility itself is quite nice, but the key strength of this rehab program is that the program is immensely good at helping people beat addiction! It is as simple as that! Choices Recovery applies what’s called an, “Open ended, multi modality, results based, evidence based” approach to addiction treatment. This means that they take each day, one day, at a time. They operate off of about twelve different rehab approaches, and they mix and match those approaches in different ways to tailor make an approach that is workable and helpful for everyone who goes there seeking help for an addiction. This means that everyone gets a slightly different approach to addiction treatment. This aspect more than anything is what saved my daughter. My hat is off to Choices Recovery for coming through once again, and I could not be more happy with them or with the services that they offer. Keep up the good work!
I first started using drugs when I was a teen, smoking pot occasionally with friends and I thought it was no big deal. That slowly turned into me looking at myself 10 years later and smoking crack around the corner of my house with out a care in the world. I have a great job and a two beautiful kids that I love more than anything in the world, but somehow I have ended up here. Why? I was not able to find out why I was even using or what led me up to it. All I knew is that I needed help or I was about to lose everything I had worked so hard for. I told my husband that I had a problem and that I was ready to get help. He agreed and we began the search to find a program. I knew that I did not want to be close to home as hard as it was for me to leave because I knew that if I was the thought in me head of having my family and drug buddies right around the corner would make me not want to stay and I knew that I wanted to be successful. We came across Choices Recovery and right away I felt a feeling come over me that I should give this center a try. It was what I was looking for. When I got to the facility I was greeted by trained professional staff that made me feel welcome right away. Everyone was very caring and sensitive to my needs and they made me feel as comfortable as I could knowing that I was not feeling the greatest when I got there. It was easy to get started on the path to recovery here as it felt so welcoming, These people did not treat you as though you were a burden or a problem, they made you feel as though it was their pleasure to help you get through this time in your life and they were happy to be the ones to help you. I began seeing things in myself after a period of time that I did not remember about myself such as why I started using and what led me to my problem. With their help I was able to find myself again and recognize what my addition has caused over the years, and how badly I had hurt the ones that I loved. With Choices help, I am now clean and sober, I have my family back and I have my job. I did not see how badly I was hurting the ones around me that I loved so much until I got help. I want to be successful in life and I want to set a good example for my children and sometimes that means owning up to things we are doing wrong and getting the help that we need to fix it, move on and learn from our mistakes. I owe so much to this facility and I truly thank them for everything that they have done to help me succeed in life.
I think that at choices they are very good with treating addiction, any sort, alcohol or drugs. My aunt has been an alcoholic since I can remember, and it was a very heavy situation for our entire family. She has made so many problems in our lives, when we tried to help her and others tried too, but to not much result. We always told her that this is gonna end really bad, well it kinda did, she ended up in the hospital, and they told her that is she doesn't stop drinking. She has a hearth attack, and honestly I though that was it, she is gonna go. But she got out of it pretty well, so at the hospital she was forced to not drink, so we said that when the doctor give us okay, she goes straight to rehab, and we give her no choices. At this point she did realize that it is a very bad place where she is at, and she knew that she was too young to die, not yet. So she said okay, she is gonna go to rehab, hence we sent her to choices. It was a great choice cause first of all they kept her as much as they needed, made sure she was ready to go, even though it is always hard to continue after the rehab, but they did not have this 30 day policy. It might seem a lot already but it is not, cause for someone who has been an alcoholic for most of her life, 30 days is nothing and not enough, so she stayed close to two months, and she said she was very happy that they kept her longer, cause if she would have had returned sooner probably she would have relapsed very quickly. Than she said that the case managers were really well trained and they did help her tons. The twelve step program was amazing, and she had loads of changes in her attitude towards life. She said that now shes is very serious about this She is going to continue to go to aa meetings, she has gone every week since she is back home. She has a really amazing sponsor who is looking out for her a lot. So she got her life together and she seems much more focused than before and finally there is no drama, I mean not as much drama in my family than before. After I know that it is still hard for her, cause going to a rehab is one thing, but when people kinda see alcohol everywhere, literally, and there is a daily temptation, it is very hard. They do get you through the hardest part, but they show you the toad, after is her decision to walk on it.
Choices recovery is an amazing facility. it is very well kept and clean and the setting is very quaint and peaceful. The staff here is amazing and I really do not have anything to say bad to say about this place. One thing that I love is that every one here at this center is so very well in tune of what the goal is here and that is helping people. Everyone that walks in their doors is welcomed and we feel safe in the environment here. The staff prides themselves in doing the most that they can to make sure that we all leave here a changed person and that we have really gained everything that we cold while we were here. There are days that I felt like giving up and on those days they made it very clear how much they want to see you succeed and they will not let you give up on yourself. They fight for you when you do not have it in you to see the light at the end of the tunnel and are not willing to fight for yourself. I was in a sad dark place when I came here and I am slowly beginning to realize that my life has value and I am finding my true self again. I know that I have let so many people down in my life and by being here I am ready to make all the changes needed to show myself and others what I am capable of. I am truly grateful for this opportunity and being given this chance to show everyone what I am made of and get rid of this demon inside of me. Thank you to all of the staff, there are some highly trained individuals here and without a certain gentleman in the program not talking me into staying over the course of many weeks I do not think that I would have stayed to see it thought to the end. I will remember all of the encouraging words I will remember all of the classes and all of the insight each and everyone of you gave to me while I was here. I will be forever grateful to all of you and I also thank you for setting up aftercare for me so that I know all of the tips and tricks to spot when I am in a situation that I should not be in. I am on the road to recovery and I can not remember the last time I felt so much strength in myself I feel that I am strong willed I feel healthy again and I have so much pride knowing that I followed through with something and I that I have made myself proud and I know that my family and friends could not be more proud of me either
I can honestly say that I wouldn’t be where I am today if it wasn’t for me going to Choices. I went twice and both times I went helped me tremendously. I’ve been to a few rehabs since I started taking pain pills. My mom would find a rehab she thought would help me more than the last one and I would go just to make her happy. I didn’t think any rehab would help me and before I went to Choices I didn’t even want the help. At the time though I thought I was happier taking pills and thought I would be on them for the rest of my life. The first time I went to Choices I was happy there. I didn’t realize I was actually happy there until I got home and relapsed after two months. When I started taking pills again I could see how unhappy I was making myself. Not only that but I saw how much happier I could be if I got off the pills for good. So, I asked my mom to send me back to Choices. I had never been to the same rehab twice before and my mom didn’t want to send me back to Choices but I knew that Choices was the right place for me to go and managed to convince her to send me back there. I was nervous about going back there though. I thought I’d be judged for relapsing. Even though I loved the staff there I was worried that they would treat me differently since it was my second time there. I couldn’t have been more wrong. The counselors just made sure that I was there for the right reason this time and that was that. It was different for me going through the program again. I looked at everything differently. This time, it was about me and what I wanted out of my life. Not what my mom wanted for me but what I wanted. I wanted to overcome my addiction and wanted to get the tools I needed in order to do that. I did my program and I’m back home again. Before Choices when I was clean I would miss the drugs and how I felt on them. This time, I don’t miss them at all and I know I feel better now than they could ever make me feel. It’s incredible to have a life I never thought was possible. A life where I’m not only clean and sober but happy as well. If I hadn’t have gone to Choices the first time I wouldn’t have realized how my life could be better without drugs in it. If I didn’t go back the second time I wouldn’t be doing this well right now.
I really wanted people to know how good this place is! Choices recovery is an excellent place for people who have addiction issues, or who have already been to numerous rehabs and always relapsed, or just did not work out for the before. This place will really change the way you are, and you will be able to stay sober. They give you choices in regards to your recovery process, and good choices, they do not force you todo a certain program in a certain amount of days, but rather when you feel like you are done, and they see that you have completed all the steps that are necessary for you so you can handle your life after you leave the rehab, and that you continue on the good path. And you leave when you are ready and you also feel that you are ready, not when the 30 days are up. They do give you different choices of programs that you can follow while you are at the center, of course that is after you have completed the detox program. That is the first step, and it is mainly a holistic approach but there are trained health care professionals who oversee the whole detox, and help you when you have a hard time, cause trust me you do have a very hard time at the detox. Getting off drugs is hard, it is not at all a walk in the part, but the nice staff they do their best to help you. Anyways once you went through the initial detox you go onto the programs, there is Smart recovery and different groups, and classes. Like art therapy, that I think talks to many people, of course not everyone is into it, I find it very useful, and gives you a good occupation. Than there is also music therapy and other courses and things you can learn and so on. There is also one thing that can talk to many people, is their gym, very nice, well set up. You get he help of a coach to have a plan and you work out there. That is very good since you do wanna get your muscles toned. The staff are very nice, they do go out of their way to help you with whatever issue you have, they are very caring of you, and want you to do better. Choices is a very nice place and a good place to choose for drug addiction or alcoholism.
I am so glad for my sober life, and I can thank most of this achievement to choices recovery, and of course to myself, but without them I would be very far from a sober life. This was a hard road with many obstacles till I arrived at this point, at "wellbriety". I found myself intrigued by the native 12 steps, the native teachings always interested me, therefore I did that road, and I found my inner peace, and methods to cope. I really found what I was looking for in the native 12 steps program, and I feel like I am more connected with nature too. And I also realised some things in myself that also helped me change. I can. Kt say enough how much I love the native 12 steps and all their teachings are so so amazing. This was good way to start my new life, my new me. The big big difference that exists between choices recovery and other rehab centers, thatI personally noticed, and I heard from many people too and it is definitely true, that they don't give you psych meds they don't give you pills. Many actually, probably like 95% of rehabs give you pills to deal with your side effects, and your urges. This was not allowed at Choices, which at first was strange, but trust me it is good. Usually you leave the rehab with prescription drugs, and when you get home, probably it also contributes to the fact, that you relapse. So at choices they actually try to help you in other ways, and I first was extremely skeptical about that, I was like what the heck this is just weird, nah this ain't gonna work for me, but it did, and I might have stayed for a longer amount of time at the rehab, but at least I am not gonna be one of those who go in and out of rehabs and nothing works on them. Now I don't have to take any pills, any type of drug, not even legal drug to feel good. And what ever I learned while I was at choices I feel like it really helped me cope with real life situations, that used to lead me to use. Thumbs up to choices recovery!
There has perhaps never been a better tool for do-it-yourself home handymen than the internet. With detailed instructions and videos explaining how to perform a number of common maintenance and renovation tasks around a house, an untrained homeowner might be surprised at how much he or she can accomplish with a quick search online. But even with all of this information, there are still many jobs that lie far outside the scope of most DIY enthusiasts. General contractors are there to fill in this gap.
A general contractor specializes in seeing a home remodel or repair project through from start to finish. To do this, the contractor works with the client - whether they are a homeowner or business - to nail down the scope of the work. Then he or she will turn to one or more subcontractors for specific tasks, like equipment operation, design, electrical work or whatever else is needed.
In essence, general contractors could be thought of as middlemen between a homeowner or business owner and any number of specialists. To get their money's worth, many assume they should just "cut out the middleman" and hire specialists directly, but this often proves more difficult in practice. General contractors won't be completing an entire project by themselves, but should have a long list of dependable experts who can work together and accomplish any task. They might also serve as the manager on the site of a construction project, overseeing workers and providing guidance and assistance when needed. For larger projects, though, the contractor might only handle administrative matters and employ a foreman or other professional for on-site supervision.
There are many general contractors who also specialize in certain tasks themselves. There is usually at least one general contractor on hand to organize the construction of an entire home, for example. But general contractors could also help a homeowner add an additional bedroom, build an in-ground pool or complete a major landscaping project. They could also work with a business to add or improve office space, whether that means making more room or converting a commercial building from a nail salon to a restaurant. Basically, if it's a job that involves building or repairing, a general contractor probably knows how to get it done.
No matter what the exact job may be, a contractor will probably need to accomplish several other essential tasks in pursuit of the ultimate goal, which may include:
Every general contractor performing any kind of work on a project must be licensed to do so in their state. The guidelines for the specifics on licensing vary from state to state. Some states might only require registration of contractors, which is different from licensing. Registration typically means that there must be a written record of what work is being performed and by whom, but it does not guarantee professional knowledge. Licensing, on the other hand, involves an examination process to assess professional competence.
Whether your state requires licensing or registration of contractors, there should be a record of most professionals willing to complete certain projects in your area. Check your state or county website for more information. In states that require licensing, every licensed contractor's contact information is available online or from another public source.
Not every project needs to be completed by a licensed or registered contractor. If it's just a minor job that won't take more than a day or two, and will cost less than a few hundred dollars, it's likely not necessary to find a licensed or registered contractor. However, anything bigger or more expensive, or a project involving plumbing or electrical work, needs to be completed by a licensed or registered professional.
General contractors also must be covered by an insurance policy. This should include liability coverage for any property damage that could be inflicted in the course of a job. It should also include a worker's compensation policy in case anyone is injured on the job. Before hiring a contractor for anything, ask for written proof of this insurance to see exactly what is covered.
A number of trade associations for contractors in the U.S. exist. Some of the biggest include:
Most trade associations for general contractors will provide references for anyone looking to hire a contractor for a specific project. They may also provide a number of benefits for their members, including assistance with licensing, training, insurance and business development.
No matter what you need accomplished, you want to choose a contractor who can get the job done right at a reasonable price. Obviously, this is easier said than done, but there are a few steps you can take to ensure you find a trustworthy general contractor.
The first, and perhaps most reliable, way to find a general contractor is to ask friends and family members for a recommendation. If you know anyone who has had major work done on their home, particularly if it's a similar job, ask them who they hired and if they were pleased with the result. You could also ask neighbors about who they've hired if you notice work being done on their house. Many remodeling contractors post signs in front of homes to advertise their services. As a general rule, it's rarely a good idea to hire a contractor who solicits work by going door to door.
If you are considering hiring a contractor without a personal recommendation, ask the contractor for references from past clients, and do as much background research on them as possible. Look for any complaints (or compliments) online to get a better idea of their track record. There are a number of websites specializing in connecting contractors with people or businesses who need work done. These sites may also allow past clients to submit their own reviews of the contractor.
Before hiring a contractor, make sure you are both in agreement on the project's budget. It's normal for most contractors to charge clients a premium not only for the labor expenses and zoning expertise, but for acquiring the materials as well. Be as clear and concise as possible regarding what you'll be purchasing yourself and what you will be paying the contractor to complete. Homeowners may be able to find a better deal on raw materials when they purchase these directly, but they first need to be sure they aren't buying the wrong things.
Don't forget to discuss how the project will be finalized and what will be done about cleanup. Plans for how the work site will be cleaned at the end of each day as well as at the conclusion of work need to be put in writing. An experienced general contractor should make every effort to keep the workspace clean and prevent dirtying or damaging any other area. Even so, talk with the contractor about the daily schedule, the logistics of transporting workers and equipment, and how cleanup will be handled.
As previously mentioned, you need to make sure to follow any state and local regulations regarding construction work, which includes hiring a licensed or registered general contractor. Ask the contractor for proof of their certification before signing anything, as well as their proof of insurance. You should also check your homeowners insurance policy to see if they offer coverage for contracted work. You may want to call your insurance provider and ask for more details on what your plan will and won't cover.
Perhaps the best way to feel safe about a contractor and the work being done is to hire a contractor you trust. This is why relying on personal references from friends and family is so important, and will often provide a great deal of peace of mind. If you aren't able to obtain a reference, work to conduct extensive research on the contractor as well as the work you are hiring them to perform. This should bring everyone's expectations into alignment and result in a safe work environment.
Before any money changes hands, there should be a contract to sign. Make sure the specifics of the work to be done and all costs are listed in the contract, right down to the most precise details. If you forget to have something included in the contract after signing it, there's rarely a chance of recourse.
Once the specifics of the job are nailed down, be sure to discuss the payment schedule with the contractor. This is important because paying too much up front offers the homeowner minimal leverage if the quality of work does not meet expectations or contractual specifications. Try to establish a reasonable pay schedule with the contractor, such as paying 10 percent of the total cost for each 10 percent of the work that is completed. It's a good idea to include this payment plan in the contract as well.
Finally, look into getting a lien release signed before work begins. If there is ever a dispute regarding payment over the course of the project, a contractor or subcontractor could place a payment claim, or lien, on your property. This can trigger a long legal process that may be frustrating. To avoid this, ask the contractor to sign a lien release, which is a legal agreement that states that any payment accepted is final. This can come in handy if a contractor has his or her own payment issues with their subcontractors. Signing a lien release form certifies that any payment made by a client to the contractor is enough to pay for any goods or services rendered. A lien dispute could also be prevented by performing due diligence prior to picking a contractor, as any contractor with good credit and a long track record of satisfied clients should have no trouble paying for materials and labor once all contract conditions have been met.
Once work is underway, it's never a bad idea to check up on the progress of the job, either by staying in touch with the contractor over the phone or visiting the site in person. If you work with a trustworthy professional, it's probably best to keep your distance and allow everyone to stay busy. If you want to keep an eye on things, make sure workers wear the right safety gear and that everything looks to be moving along according to schedule. Finally, once work is finished and you are satisfied, be sure to thank your contractor and tell friends or family members about your experience.