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Surprising Dangers of Prescription Drug Dependency And Your Family

Surprising Dangers of Prescription Drug Dependency And Your Family

Lately, whenever you read the news, it seems that another Hollywood celebrity has just entered or just returned from rehab because he or she was addicted to prescription medication. Surprisingly, prescription drug addiction is dangerous, and much more common than you may realize. It is something that affects many people – not just celebrities.

Many prescription drugs are habit-forming and addictive. Medicines from painkillers to sleeping pills to ADHD drugs such as Ritalin, are all common forms of pills that anyone can become dependent upon using. The employment of prescribed medications today is so common, that many times, we don’t think twice about the potential for abuse, misuse, or dependency.

Drug Dependency Can Happen to Anyone

Another danger of becoming dependent on prescription drugs is that it can happen to just about anyone. Elderly people who take many medications may become dependent long-term. Women take more prescribed tranquilizers and mood enhancing pills, so they are more susceptible to addiction than men. Teens are also vulnerable when it comes to drug dependency – especially if they see their parents partaking on a regular basis.

Drug Dependency Can Occur Over Time

When people take prescription medication for pain, for sleeping, or for mood improvements, often they learn to like the effects of these drugs, and feel that they are unable to function without them. In some cases, people may think, “If one pill has this positive effect, then two or more will make me feel even better.” This is a dangerous road that can lead to many complications including physical, emotional, legal and relationship issues.

Effects of Prescription Drug Dependency

Probably the most obvious concerns that people with drug addictions face are physical ones. An abundance of health problems can happen to someone who takes pills every day, including irregular heartbeat, risk of heart attack, seizures, hostility, paranoia, infections and overdose.

All of these risk factors can lead to financial troubles, serious relationship issues with other family members and friends, and legal issues such as getting arrested for stealing or forging prescriptions. “Drug crimes do not just pertain to street drugs. Drug crime laws also address the abuse and misuse of prescription drugs,” says www.orlandocriminalteam.com/. Perhaps even your professional career can be in jeopardy as a result of your performance at work, or because you have missed too many days due to health issues.

Preventing Abuse and Dependency

Thankfully, if you or a loved one is on path toward drug dependency or abuse, there are steps you can take to prevent the consequences of this dangerous road.

1. Speak to your doctor about your concerns. Make sure you let him or her know about all the medication you are taking, how often and how you feel as a result.

2. Follow directions carefully. Never change the dosage on your own, especially if you feel inclined to increase it. Check with your doctor first to make sure you are taking the medication only as prescribed as the proper dosage.

3. Ask your pharmacist about side effects. Always know what type of side effects or primary effects the drugs will have. Make sure you understand completely about potential interactions with other medications or alcohol, too.

4. Never take someone else’s pills. Even if you have the same symptoms, never take someone else’s prescribed medication. Speak to your doctor about your specific condition, as your prescription may be completely different than a friend’s or family member’s.

If you or someone you love is in danger of prescription drug dependency, know that help is available. Speak to your doctor or medical professional, or join a support group as soon as possible.

After watching more than one of her friends go down this unfortunate road, author Molly Pearce decided to write this post in the hopes it might make just one reader think twice. Most of her research for this article was done online, on medical and legal sites, such as www.orlandocriminalteam.com/. The web is a great source of info and support for those struggling with prescription abuse or dependency.

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Emotional Phases of a Teen After an Accident

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Emotional Phases of a Teen After an Accident

This time of year spells the end of the school year for most of our children. Thoughts and anticipation of some respite from the rigors of academia are usually paramount to the student. For some, graduation from high school marks an important milestone, the beginning of their adulthood, and sometimes their independence from home.

In the excitement and celebratory atmosphere, many teens find themselves hurt in accidents, primarily because teenagers underestimate crash risks in hazardous situations and overestimate their driving abilities. The chances of being involved in an accident also goes up when teens have other peers as passengers in their cars. And of course, events such as graduation practice, commencement ceremonies and end-of-school parties give them the opportunities to travel with each other.

It can be very difficult for anyone to deal with the emotional trauma that is associated with being involved in an accident, that is more than a mere fender bender. But for the young driver, this problem is often exacerbated by their youth. After all, most children have a very tenuous grasp on exactly how life and death works, and it is common for them to feel somewhat invincible. Due to this, a serious injury caused by an accident can be such a traumatic event that a child could have a hard time returning to a state of normalcy. If the accident happened to involve getting tangled with a behemoth semi-truck, the experience could be even more traumatic for the young and frightened driver. Just the size of a big rig can be daunting against the size of whatever the teenager was driving.

1. Guilt – guilt is an extremely common emotion that most people feel after an accident. If the driver was the at-fault driver and others were injured, guilt can become severe and overwhelming. Help your teen’s healing process by encouraging him to admit his responsibility and atone for it. The worst thing you can do as a parent is to minimize the situation and deny his wrongdoing.

2. Fear – Many people experience fear at the scene of an accident and after. For a young and inexperienced driver, this fear can be magnified. The teen might not know the steps to take right after an accident. He might be afraid that his driving rights will be taken away. In his imagination, the teen might think that his punishment will be severe with the law. Prepare your teen for this by teaching him the steps to take immediately after an accident. Depending on his age, you might have to accompany him if he has a court date.

3. Anger – Anger is another emotion that can be very strong after an accident. Maybe there is anger from your teen because his car, which is the symbol of his independence, has been totaled. There’s the monetary loss he can be angry about too. If he was seriously injured, extreme anger can set in after he realizes that his life may not ever return to the way it was. The step to healing is to forgive the person who caused him harm. This might require extensive therapy until your child can reach that stage.

4. Anxiety  Sometimes, the emotions that a person feels after a trauma can be delayed. Your teen may become riddled with anxiety, perhaps become nervous about being in a car again, let alone get behind the wheel of one. Anxiety about dealing with injuries and recovery can become severe, especially if he will have to make any adaptations to his every day life. Therapy can be a big help in giving him coping mechanisms. Sometimes, medication can be very effective.

5. Action – After your teenager has gone through the typical emotions listed above and is further on his way to healing from the accident trauma, encourage him to take action. Assist him in finding a personal injury lawyer who can get him compensation for his traumatic experience. If the accident involved a truck, he will need an experienced lawyer because “Trucking companies have powerful insurance companies on their sides, and they may be hesitant to pay the money you deserve,” according to Cofman Townsley. Also make your child aware that the insurance company is not his friend. They will want to settle the case quickly, which is not always in your child’s best interests.

Being there to support your child’s emotional needs after an accident will help them get back to their normal routine more quickly. Keep in mind that part of his lawsuit can be centered around recovering his medical and mental health expenses. You will also be teaching him a valuable lesson – how to be proactive in times of distress.

Writer Debbie Nguyen had to instill calmness after her son’s first accident because he was so frightened that he would be incarcerated. His inexperience magnified his fear.

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Invisible Wounds…Coping With the Issue of Crash Anxiety

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When you think about car accidents in general, you think of physical injuries and physical damage to your car. In most cases, you do not think about the emotional trauma that an accident can cause, or the lasting anxiety that can occur. In fact, most people do not realize how often this occurs, especially in women.

Women often become afraid of their cars if the injuries they sustained were very serious. While this does happen in men, women react this way to an accident more often because they feel that their driving skills have become diminished.When a car accident occurs, it can really impact your self-confidence about getting behind the wheel again. Anxiety and fear can also become an issue, and many people experience a complete fear of even getting into a car again. Thankfully, this can be addressed and corrected.

Overcoming Post Accident Anxiety

• Drivers Refresher Course. Sometimes this fear and anxiety can be overcome by taking a drivers refresher course. The person who is experiencing the anxiety “learns” first-hand that they are still a skilled driver and able to operate the vehicle.

• Passenger Skills. Sometimes this fear is able to be conquered by remaining a passenger for a while and feeling comfortable in the front seat of the car once more. In bad anxiety cases, the person who is affected does not even want to get into a car at all. Sometimes starting slowly as a passenger will help overcome the fear.

• Small Trips. It may take some time, but the fearful driver can begin making small errands in the car, preferably with another adult passenger. Quick trips to the grocery store will eventually become long trips.

• Therapy. Some people are so fearful of their car after an accident that they must seek professional therapy to help them overcome their problems. Once therapy has begun to show progress, they will be able to complete the steps listed above and return to driving.

Post-accident anxiety is something that is very real and must be taken seriously. If you or a loved on have been involved in a car accident and are experiencing this type of fear, it is important to seek help. It is also very important for you to discuss this fact with your car accident attorney. On this video from Long Island car accident lawyer, Gacovino Lake, you can find some insight in to the type of assistance a car accident attorney can provide to make the situation less stressful.

Of particular interest is the fact that insurance companies will show up as quickly as possible to settle your claim. You may not be aware of your anxiety about driving at that time and would not receive the appropriate compensation to pay for therapy for your anxiety.

Your attorney can make sure that prior to the settlement for your accident , the insurance company pay for any and all treatments you need to overcome this issue. Any lasting impacts that this anxiety may cause you must also be considered when a settlement is offered. If continued treatment is necessary, you need to have the financial capabilities to cover these expenses.

The worst thing that you can do is ignore these feelings. You want to make sure that you take the proper steps or receive the right therapy to address this issue. Failing to take care of the problem could result in a lifetime of not being able to drive or panicking behind the wheel. Sadly, panicking behind the wheel could lead to another accident, making matters even worse.

Georgina Clatworthy is a former legal editor and still writes on many legal topics. She has always tried to provide advice and insight on the many issues often overlooked in legal matters especially in terms of the effects caused by injuries and accidents.

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The New Frontier Of Healthcare Systems

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The New Frontier Of Healthcare Systems

Technological advancements touch every aspect of modern life. While many people focus on how these advancements can benefit them at home or at work, they may be unaware of how these innovations are improving the way that doctors and medical professionals provide services to the public.

However, the medical arena has benefited from these changes in several notable ways. The public can appreciate these technological improvements by discovering how these changes allow them to receive better and faster healthcare.

Electronic Records

People used to have to languish for hours in the emergency room or doctor’s office simply because their physician had to wait for their paper medical records to be retrieved from a vault or file room. Now, however, doctors can quickly pull up patient records electronically, shortening the time that people must wait for treatment that could lessen their pain or alleviate their suffering. Many doctors’ offices and hospitals utilize vast electronic systems that keep records safely stored, yet readily accessible to physicians.

Mobile Health Devices

Just as providers can gain access to electronic records, they can similarly document and transmit patient information with mobile technology. Gone are the days when a physician would have to write down a person’s symptoms or treatment plans and then send that record via courier or the mail to a specialist or laboratory. A doctor can now use a tablet computer or a smartphone to transmit electronically this information to the intended recipient.

Patient Portals

When people have questions or concerns that need to be addressed immediately, they can get the quick help that they need by logging into their patient portal online. Many medical facilities offer portals for patients that allow people to email their doctors, chat virtually with a healthcare representative, or verify information, all without having to make an appointment with their provider.

A portal also allows people to pay their bills, make changes to their patient records, or access educational resources that will help them manage their conditions at home in between appointments.

Rural Telehealth Services

Bridging the healthcare gap in rural communities continues to be a top priority for many medical facilities. Doctors and nurses realize that they may be unable to make trips from isolated areas into bigger cities to consult with specialists and laboratory professionals. Rather than leave rural-dwelling patient isolated without access to quality healthcare, providers in these distant settings can use telehealth technology to consult with physicians in other locations. This technology allows providers to share information and determine the best course of treatment for people who would otherwise go without vital care for their conditions.

Wearable Wireless Technology

Because doctors typically care for and manage a large number of patients, they increasingly rely on wearable medical technology that allow them to get instant access to a patient’s physical information.

A person who is suffering from a heart condition, for example, can be fitted with a wearable device that will transmit readings wirelessly to the physician’s office. The doctor can respond quickly with the best treatment if the person shows signs of distress.

These advancements continue to help doctors treat patients better. The public can take satisfaction in realizing how the technological improvements extend beyond their everyday lives and into the way their physicians manage their healthcare.

Nadine Swayne is a freelance writer and tech enthusiast. After witnessing an innovative electronic transition in a local hospital she was visiting, she was inspired to research and contribute this article. 

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The Changing Landscape Of Family Practice Medicine

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The Changing Landscape Of Family Medicine

With the changing landscape of family medicine, healthcare is clearly at the forefront of contemporary U.S. politics. Due to the recent implementation of the Affordable Health Care Act,  the impact is being felt on both the patients and the medical industry alike.

Regardless of proponents and opponents to the new healthcare legislation, there is one particular component of the law that could well revolutionize healthcare in the United States. It is called ‘preventative care,” which has largely been practiced by those who make regular or annual visits to their doctor for a standard physical. In addition to a more preventative care approach, physicians are seeking out more integrated methods to manage patient care with tools like Wellcentive and other patient centered programs.

It also appears that the true beneficiaries of this healthcare focus will be women and children for the most part, but will affect anyone who is genetically predisposed to develop typical family illnesses, such as congenital coronary disease.

Family Healthcare

The family doctor has been the primary treatment model for many years in the U.S. health system. Many of those general internalist family physicians have traditionally been located in small community clinics. This has helped the doctor develop a solid relationship with the patient, which is the hallmark of any good medical professional. After all, we are talking about an individual’s health, and sometimes may include an entire family.

But, the availability of new technology, such as medical monitoring devices, means that preventative care can possibly be much more effective for every member. Early detection of any potential disease is always the best initial treatment option.

New Technology and New Facilities

This emerging situation also requires medical equipment that the small clinics may have difficulty offering. This suggests that the trend in the near future will be to centralize treatment facilities into larger operations. As long as the medical professionals can still foster those good working relationships with the patients, then this movement in the marketplace can be a real positive.

Health Insurance for All

This is also a new dynamic for the healthcare industry, especially for emergency room care. Out-of-pocket payments for a doctor visit can get expensive quickly, but under the new healthcare act, everyone theoretically should have some type of health insurance, so trips to a “no refusal” emergency facility should be reduced.

Of course, universal coverage also means universal participation, and many individuals will make a point to utilize any mandated healthcare policies. Deductibles will still apply on actual medical emergencies and surgical procedures, but doctor visits are all covered with a co-pay amount. In addition, individuals who were previously denied healthcare coverage by the insurance companies will now have insurance even when they have a preexisting medical condition.

There have been some problems with getting the full service medical system established in the beginning, but the confusion will all be reduced as patients and doctors begin understanding what treatment options are now available, especially in preventive measures.

The new legislation means that no one will have to maintain a medical condition without professional medical treatment, which may be the greatest positive consequence of all. Ultimately, everyone is seeking the good results intended in establishing universal healthcare coverage.

Nadine Swayne is a freelance writer and learning more about the medical system while her husband recovers from a stroke. As the face of healthcare and family medicine evolve, so do the the concerns of many Americans. She contributes this article as a way to provide clarity to some of these concerns.

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Fighting For SSI For Your Sick Child

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Fighting For SSI For Your Sick Child

Most women physically experience euphoria after the birth of a baby. Unfortunately, sometimes this euphoria is short-lived because the pregnancy resulted in an ill baby, due to prematurity or other health problems.

Possible Health Problems

Some of the more common health problems that newborns experience are jaundice and breathing problems. More serious complications include exposed spinal structures (spina bifida), too much fluid inside or around the brain (hydrocephalus), exposed bowel.

Premature babies, those who are born before 37 weeks gestation, may have some of these issues on top of other complications, such as brain bleeds, seizures, undeveloped lungs, fluid in the lungs, apnea, anemia, and infections.

When your child has been born with a disability or is born prematurely, they may qualify for Supplemental Security Income (SSI). This program was designed to help provide financial stability for individuals in this country who are unable to care for themselves due to their disability.

Born Too Soon

SSI also takes into account babies who were born prematurely, before 37 weeks, or born at a very low birth weight. But delivery date and weight are not the only factors taken into account for determining if the baby qualifies for disability, because premature babies are known to have significant health issues, developmental problems being some of them.

The only exceptions made so that the baby receives benefits right away are if the baby is born with the following conditions:

• HIV
• Total Blindness or Deafness
• Down Syndrome
• Cerebral Palsy
• Muscular Dystrophy
• Birth weight that is below 2 pounds 10 ounces.

The Approval Process

This program requires the parents or guardians of an ill baby to apply for benefits. The approval process is not automatic and can take anywhere from six months to a year to approve.

Approval by the Department for Disability Determinations is based on the child’s medical history. This can be an intimidating process. You will work with many different people at the Social Security Office and each will require specific documentation to prove the child’s condition. In many cases, it will be a request for duplicate files and forms. You will need infinite patience. You will also need to provide contact information for doctors, caregivers, family members and friends who can all verify the condition of your baby.

The process will also be very time consuming, and in many cases your application will be denied. You will have the right to appeal this decision, but it will extend the process for another six months to a year.

Parents must also realize that once benefits are approved, it is only good for one year and must be re-determined following that time period. The health problems that the baby has must also be a long-term or ongoing condition.

Help With Approval

To ensure that your baby receives all of the benefits that they are entitled to, it is recommended that parents or guardians seek the assistance of a long term disability lawyer. You can enlist their services at any time in the process, even if you initially received a denial when you applied on your own.

A SSD (Social Security Disability) lawyer has the experience and knowledge on how this system works and will be able to guide you through the process of navigating the red tape involved. They will know how to present your baby’s case so that it is effective in gaining him benefits.

They know exactly what the Social Security Administration is looking for in medical documentation, and they will make sure that you have the correct information to submit in a timely manner that will expedite the approval.

In addition, the attorney can also make sure that your child receives all of the help that they are entitled to under disability programs. This may include the supplemental SSI, enrollment in the appropriate health care plan, respite care, and even vouchers for groceries. In most cases, children are automatically enrolled into Medicaid when they qualify for SSD; however this varies from state to state.

Caring for a child with a disability is a lifelong commitment. It is something that a parent or guardian does with love and compassion. It is a good thing that financial aid is available for these children and their families so that parents can help these children to the best of their abilities. Many times, other health problems arise which require ongoing treatment for the child, that the family is financially unable to take care of.

A denial for benefits is common, but it does not have to be permanent. Fight for the benefits that your child deserves by using a qualified SSD attorney.

Debbie Nguyen’s firstborn was a preemie, born with a long list of health complications. He was able to receive SSI because he was born at 27 weeks and weighed 2 pounds, 7 ounces. A long term disability lawyer helped ensure that he got benefits up until the age of 2, even though many of his seizures ceased at 18 months.

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Getting The Most Out Of Your Health Care

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Getting The Most Out Of Your Health Care

As the healthcare market continues to change and adjust to the demands of the public, you may find it difficult to figure out exactly what services you personally need to stay healthy and well. Before you choose a doctor or a healthcare facility, you may be well advised to do your research and learn whether or not the choices in your community are indeed those that are best for you. When you take on this research project, you should keep several important suggestions in mind to make sure that you choose a good doctor and that your healthcare needs will be met in a timely and safe manner.

Read Online Reviews

With a host of websites and forums now available for critiquing healthcare institutions, you should have plenty of patient reviews to discern as you choose a physician, pharmacy, hospital, and other medical components for you and your family. While it is true that many online reviews can be biased and ill formed, it is also true that many of these reports ring true about the quality of care that you may encounter. If a doctor, hospital, or other medical facility has more positive critiques, you may take this as an indication that most patients are happy with the care they receive from that provider.

Read Public Safety Reports

Medical facilities are inspected frequently by the state and federal government. If you want to choose a location that is safe and well-staffed, you should check out  governmental reports and choose providers that meet or exceed state and federal expectations.

However, even with regular inspection, doctors’ offices, pharmacies, and other medical facilities may conceal violations that could put your health at risk. If at some point during your research you come across such violations, you may point out these dangers by reporting them to the appropriate agencies. By whistleblowing, you could protect yourself and other patients from dangers that could put your safety and health at risk.

Get Referrals From Others

Your friends and family members also want you to have access to reliable and safe healthcare. When you want to find a good doctor to provide you with the care you need, you can ask your loved ones for referrals. If you know that they are receiving quality medical attention, you might ask them for the name of their doctor and whether or not that provider is currently accepting new patients. You could also ask your relatives and friends for help in finding a good hospital, particularly if you are new to the area.

Trust Your Gut Instinct

After you begin seeing a provider, you should trust your gut instinct to decide whether or not you want to continue your care under this medical professional. If your questions are brushed aside or if you feel like you are threatened in any way, you should find a new doctor. Likewise, if you observe your physician breaking the rules or skirting common ethical practices, you should locate a new provider promptly and also file a report with the state medical board.

Having access to quality medical care is important. When you are on the lookout for a new doctor, hospital, pharmacy, and other healthcare facilities, you may wonder what criteria to consider in your search. These reminders can help you locate providers who will give you the safe and effective care you need.

Navigating through the healthcare system for her husband gives Nadine Swayne the insight to present this information to help others with their medical care decisions. While it is never an easy task, finding under par providers can make the situation even more taxing and emotional for families with sick loved ones. The importance of reporting infractions by the medical community will help shed light on these problems to help others to choose the best care.

 

 

 

Ditch The Lampshade! Party Safe

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Ditch The Lampshade! Party Safe

One of the biggest party nights of the year has come and gone. Ringing out the old by ushering in the New Year with promises of a fresh start put many in the celebratory spirit, with big parties and overindulgence going hand in hand. But a great celebration doesn’t always mean excessive drinking. There are plenty of safe and sober activities that can ensure a night to remember!

Alcohol Free Beverages

You don’t need to imbibe to have a good time at your celebration. You’ll find a host of beverage ideas and activities that are sure to make your evening fun and festive. It will also make getting up the next morning easy and headache-free.

Bowls of festive punch can be mixed together and set out on your buffet table. With delicious concoctions of juices, seltzers and flavored ice creams, your guests won’t even miss the alcohol. You can even serve warm beverages such as hot chocolate, espresso drinks and mock-tails. Trivia games, charades and electronic games can liven up any party.

Be A Responsible Host

If you plan on serving alcohol at your party, you can be a great host by staying alert to your guests needs. This includes knowing when to cut off friends or loved ones who have had too much to drink and finding alternative methods of transportation for their ride home. You can also set a time to stop serving alcohol by switching to dessert and coffee beverages. Try visiting sites online to find alcohol alternatives to parties and what the repercussions can be from driving while intoxicated.

Designate A Driver

When your guests arrive, you can ensure their safety by having them turn in their keys at the door. If they’ve had too much to drink throughout the course of the evening, you can keep their keys and hand them to someone who hasn’t been drinking. A designated driver can still have fun and ensure that their friends and family members get home safely.

Have A Healthy Menu

At parties, many of us indulge in decadent foods and beverages, but you can turn your future festive gigs into healthy celebrations. You can begin by opting for a menu that includes fruits, vegetables, lean meats and whole-grain pastas. You’ll find an array of easy menu options that are both delicious and won’t add inches to your waistline. Dessert is another area you can lighten up by replacing unhealthy fats with applesauce or Greek yogurt.

Alternate Transportation

If you decide to have a party, and you plan on serving alcohol, you need to have alternate transportation ideas at the ready to help guests avoid driving home intoxicated. This includes calling a taxi service ahead of time to ensure they are available to transport guests who have had too much to drink. You can also prepare extra rooms in your home for overnight guests who aren’t able to drive home. Let your guests know that this is an option.

Getting together with friends, loved ones and neighbors should always be a joyous occasion. However, alcohol related accidents and DUI’s are always a concerning matter and unfortunately, on the rise. While you want your guests to have a great time, you can still host a festive and fun celebration by keeping everyone safe.

Always the conscious party hostess, Nadine Swayne offers these helpful tips. While scouting for information, she found the site www.kellislaw.com, where a host of knowledge was available regarding legal matters and DUI.

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4 Step Model For Setting Boundaries–Be Firm, But Kind (EXPERT)

We teach people how to treat us by allowing them to step on our boundaries and hurt our feelings. This is an excellent article about the 4 steps to setting boundaries in a firm, kind voice that sends a message of how we want to be treated. For more information, please go to http://artichokepress.com which has a full listing of books, videos, e-learning and articles to enhance family relationships and build strong, resilient family members.

10 Signs-It Is Time For Assisted Living For Your Loved One (EXPERT GUEST POST)

10 Signs It’s Time For Assisted Living For Your Loved One is an excellent article on helping your loved ones age with care and concern. It is not easy to know when to step in and help a family member or friend move to assisted living, but it is often the necessary thing to do. Reading the 10 signs will help you to know when and how to make the decision to re-locate an aging loved one.