Finding Rehab for Family MembersWritten by David Westbrook
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•Some people require medication to treat their addiction The American Medical Association has for years recognized addiction as a disease. It should therefore not come as a surprise that many addicts need medication during and after rehab. Sometimes frowned upon by some individuals in recovery truth is that these medications allow millions of individuals to live normal, productive lives.
•Fifty percent of people with an alcohol/drug problem also have a mental health issue People may be using drugs to deal with mental health problems or they may have mental health issue because of their drug use. In fact, studies have shown that fifty percent of people who have one also have other. The most effective way to deal with these two “co-occurring” disorders and deal with addiction is to treat them at same time.
•An addict does not have to want treatment for it to work A common myth is that someone has to want treatment before it will work for them. Based on research, this is not case. In fact, treatment is just as effective for individuals who are court ordered to do treatment as it is for people who figure out need for it on their own. Families can be just as effective at getting unwilling addicts into treatment. Frequently, a family’s first step to getting someone into rehab may be performing an intervention with help of a professional interventionist. Call your local alcohol and drug help line to locate these professionals in your area. •Treatment duration counts The appropriate duration for an individual depends on his or her problems and needs. Research indicates that for most patients, significant improvement is reached at about 3 months. The research suggests that this may be residential, outpatient or a combination of both depending on individual’s needs. After this initial period, additional treatment can produce further progress toward recovery.
•Don’t lose hope Your loved one may successfully complete treatment, but then relapse. Don’t lose hope. Alcoholics and addicts may need lengthy treatment and more than one time in rehab before they can enjoy long-term abstinence and full restoration to a drug free life.
David Westbrook is a freelance writer who frequently writes for such quality websites as www.rehaber.com and www.fxrehab.com
Common Health Disorders and their Dietary SolutionsWritten by Weight-Control-Services.com
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COMMON COLD – These foods are helpful for fighting colds: grapefruit and other fruit juices and sections, garlic, horseradish, zinc lozenges, slippery elm tea and other vitamin C foods; broccoli, kale, potatoes and tomatoes. CONSTIPATION – Remedies include cod liver oil, dandelion coffee, fresh fruits and vegetables, parsley, warm water, and slippery elm tea. COUGHING – Drink warm, unsalted water in which potatoes were boiled. Or try warm milk with molasses and nutmeg added. CRAMPS – Potassium-rich foods help – bananas! DIARRHEA – Include in your diet: warm milk, sweet potatoes and RAB (rice, apple sauce and bananas). FLU – Healthy food choices include grapefruit and garlic and beef broth. GALLSTONES – Ease up on fats and refined sugars, eat more fiber; fresh fruits and vegetables (steamed veggies, too). Clear liquids are best; apple juice, broth, gelatin, 7-Up. Also include whole grains cereals, pastas and breads like pumpernickel and wheat rye, popcorn, wheat crackers and add oat bran in recipes. Lean meats and low-fat dairy products are recommended. GOUT – Go light in protein end and drink lots of fluids. Avoid foods with high purine content; animal organs, some shellfish and seafood (herring, mackerel, anchovies, sardines, roe, mussels, scallops) and gravy. Skip alcohol consumption. Eat carbohydrates like rice, pasta, fruits, vegetables and potatoes. HEADACHES – Almonds are good for pain relief. So if Gatorade and ginger. HEART TROUBLE – Onions and tarragon are good choices. Also skip alcohol consumption; go low of caffeine and no smoking. HEMORRHOIDS – Increase fiber in your diet- - slow-and-steady. And drink lots of fluids. Food choices are wheat bran, whole grain cereals, vegetables, apples, berries, prunes, figs, dates, beans, lentils and peas. HIC-CUPS – Drink water and then eat some bread. Other “cures” are a teaspoon of honey or slowly drinking a glass of ice water covered with a paper towel (and drinking it through paper towel). INDIGESTION – For stomach trouble, try a teaspoon of baking soda in a glass of warm water. Other food choices are eating cucumbers or apples with their peels on, bay leaves, parsley, watercress, fresh pineapple, raw carrots, grated horseradish and herbal teas: chamomile, peppermint, dill, rosemary. Lemon in coffee and mint tea with honey also help. INSOMNIA – Eat a boiled onion before going to sleep. MENOPAUSE – Keep going with calcium, ladies. Go light now on coffee, tea, salt, proteins. Better are decaffeinated beverages, herbal teas, herbs instead of salt like garlic, onion and lemon. Chose lean cuts and lower-fat dairy products, whole grains, bran, fresh fruits, vegetables, lentils. MORNING SICKNESS – Before bed, eat a healthy fruit or vegetable that is difficult to digest, like a carrot or apple with skin on, or celery. OSTEOPOROSIS – Go low on caffeine, salt and tobacco. And choose decaffeinated beverages and herbal teas. Instead of salt, use onion, garlic or lemon seasoning. Up your calcium / low-fat dairy intake; yogurt, cheese, milk, soy milk, tofu, shellfish, sardines, salmon, oysters, dark green vegetables (not spinach); cabbage, collards, broccoli. STOMACH ACHE / UPSET– Warm cinnamon tea, hot mint tea, herbal peppermint tea or ginger spiced tea will help. STRESS – Combination of drinking water, relax / exercise first. Later – slowly eat small amount of healthy foods – fruits, veggies. URINARY TRACT INFECTIONS – Cranberry juice or barley water can help.
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