Wednesday, January 21, 2015

How to Help a Loved One After a Stroke

Guest Post By:Amanda Kaestner

Since a stroke is a type of brain injury, moving, talking, or thinking after one may be difficult for a survivor. One part of his or her body may be stronger than the other, and these complications can last short-term or possibly long-term. Recovery rates vary significantly from one survivor to the next. As a loved one copes with life after such a traumatic experience, it may be difficult to know how to help.

Here are four ways loved ones, acting as caregivers, can navigate that tricky post-stroke period.

Find Simple Fixes

After a stroke, everyday tasks may prove to be more difficult or even severely hinder a loved one's independence. Help him or her simplify. A quick 'fix' may be just the thing to keep survivors' and caregivers' stress levels down. 

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

How To Give Up - Ways And Means

Guest Post by: Hellen Young

If you’re looking to come off an addictive substance, researching the options regarding how to do it can be pretty confusing. Depending on the nature of your addiction, you’ll find yourself confronted with an enormous variety of potential treatment options which are varied and bewildering enough to make any already confused and distressed addict tempted to give up the idea of giving up. Here, therefore, is a quick rundown of the most popular options out there, there benefits, and their drawbacks.

Cold Turkey 

Cold Turkey is probably the most well-known method of withdrawal. It’s the favored method of

Friday, September 12, 2014

Seniors Be Aware of the Dangers of Prescriptions

Guest Post By: Amanda Kaestner

The latest medicines developed in the 21st century are certainly wonders of the modern world. Not only do they significantly aid major healing, alleviate all types of severe pain and even help with one's state of mind, they are, due to intensive testing, quite safe. Still, they are not completely risk-free.

One of their most potent – and dangerous – side effects tied to many drugs in modern prescriptions is addiction. This problem of prescription abuse is notable in seniors who may not have any experience with powerful drugs and who can be blindsided by their effects. Signs of

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

How Excessive Use of Alcohol leads to Death

Guest Post By: Daphne Holmes 

Alcohol use carries side effects, which sometimes lead to grave outcomes for excessive drinkers.  It is estimated that, in the United States alone, as many as 88,000 people die from excessive alcohol consumption annually. Each death accounts for an average loss of 30 years of life, so the tragic outcomes take a significant toll on society; extinguishing staggering amounts of human potential.

The trend makes excessive drinking one of the most prolific lifestyle-related killers; claiming more lives than almost any other behavior. In 2006, excessive drinking was responsible for more than one-million emergency room visits, and when regular physician office

Friday, January 31, 2014

Depression – The First Step Towards Addiction?

Addiction and depression seem to go hand in hand. They even share some of the same symptoms, such as lack of interest in previous hobbies, feeling of helplessness and lack of motivation. In fact, many rehabilitation methods, including 12 steps treatment, focus on dealing with depression and raising self-esteem. Long term sobriety is very difficult to achieve without dealing with the triggers which can result in relapse; including depression. 

Many addicts find the idea of life without drugs a daunting prospect and struggle to cope. Yet, dealing with depression is essential for long-term recovery from substance abuse. Doctors often refer to having

Friday, January 10, 2014

Prescription Drugs are a Growing Epidemic and Frequently a Gateway Drug

Guest Post By : Emma Haylett

Prescriptions drugs can be incredibly addictive, but many people are lured into a false sense of security thinking if their pills are prescribed to them, they must be safe to take.

Unfortunately, this simply isn’t true. In a quiz by the University of Buffalo of 75 patients being treated for opioid detoxification, 31 of them first became addicted by taking pill prescribed to them by a doctor legitimately for pain. Another 24 began their addiction by taking pills a friend was prescribed while only 20 of the patients were hooked from taking street drugs.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

This Is What Happens When You Drink River-Tainted Beer (GRAPHIC PHOTO)

This is not the beer gut this man thought he would get.
Australian fisherman John Macdonald, 60, developed a mysterious condition that has left a large growth on his stomach in May.
According to a report by the Sunshine Coast Daily, Macdonald was sipping on a beer on the Brisbane River when he dropped the can into the water. He retrieved it and continued drinking.
Only a few short hours later, Macdonald told the paper, he became violently ill. A little over a week later, Macdonald said he couldn't eat or drink. He was rushed to a hospital where numerous surgeries were performed to eradicate the large mass protruding from his stomach.
When he awoke after his third operation, surgeons deemed it a success. However, he was left with an even larger stomach

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Denver City Council Says It's Okay To Smoke Pot In Front Yards

After an overreaching proposed ordinance last month which would have made the smell of marijuana illegal in Denver, the city council has given preliminary approval to much looser rules that would allow citizens to smoke pot on their property and even on their front lawns.
The Denver Post reports that marijuana consumption would only be legal on property that is

Monday, November 11, 2013

British Man Dies After Drinking Liquid Meth Worth $54,000 Hidden As Fruit Drink

A British man has reportedly died after accidentally drinking liquid methamphetamine from a bottle he thought contained a fruit juice, according to British media outlets.
Romano Dias, a 55-year-old from Cambridgeshire, England, fell ill after consuming what he thought was a fruit-based drink given to him by his daughter, Cambridge News reported. After drinking half a glass, the man reportedly said it tasted "awful" and began complaining of a burning in his throat. He then purportedly said: “I am in trouble here. I am

Thursday, November 7, 2013

The Science of Addiction: What Causes Some People to Become Addicted to Drugs While Others Do Not?

No matter how it is that you get your news - the morning paper, the evening news programs, RSS feeds, or Twitter - you have most likely heard many reports of doctors under investigation for writing too many prescriptions for pain killers, meth labs being found and destroyed, and celebrities entering rehab for cocaine addiction.
Many Americans however, are unaware of the substance abuse epidemic sweeping our nation today. Substance abuse seems like a problem that exists in a far-away place, away from their neighborhood; it is certainly not a part of their own household. There is a lot of confusion about drug addiction. Many still believe the abuse of drugs is a choice, and simple willpower is all that is need to overcome the problem.