May 2019

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Pet Health

<p>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;Whether or not you have ever had a pet, odds are you have had to deal with animals in some capacity in your life. Animals are very similar to humans in their relationships and emotions. There is a connection between a pet and its owner then no one could ever compete with. Having an animal as a pet means creating a bond with something that you are responsible for.</p>
<p>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;Animals, whether in the wild or domesticated, run the risk of catching diseases and illnesses from parasites, other animals, outside, and other places. There is only so much preventative care out there for animals to get to prevent diseases, and there is a high chance that your pet is going to be sick at one point in their life. It is key to always keep your pet up to date on all <a href="">shots and vaccinations</a>, as well as provide them with safe tick and flea treatment. &nbsp;</p>
<p>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;A family pet is like a member of the family, so it can be really scary when your pet is sick. Even though they may be like having an additional child in the house, animals need to go to specific specialized doctors, take different medications than humans, and often will react differently than humans when sick. You can’t just take your golden retriever to the local physician’s office. You can’t bring your cat to an OBGYN when you find out she is pregnant.</p>
<p>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;Human medication is much stronger than animal medication, and sometimes animals are allergic to the ingredients that are in our meds. That is why it is key to never give an animal human medication unless you are told by a doctor that it is okay. Never make guesses or assumptions when it comes to giving your pet medication.</p>
<h2>Caring for Your Pets</h2>
<p>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;When your pet is sick, it is important to take them to a reliable and well-trusted veterinarian that has good reviews and good employees. You are putting your little “babies” life in their hands, and you want to make sure they are getting the best treatment possible. It is important for the workers to be both passionate, knowledgeable, and gentle.</p>
<p>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;If your pet is suffering from a treatable illness, you are lucky. You get to spend more time with your furry buddy. You may not feel so lucky when you see the bill. Since there is no such thing as health insurance for animals, veterinary bills can be thousands and thousands of dollars. It is impossible to put a price tag on your pet’s life, so of course, the best option is to just pay the bill and count your blessings.</p>
<h2>Pet Medication Tips</h2>
<p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Along with the hefty bill also comes the pet’s medication. Usually vets will just provide a prescription or mediation, and then give you a few tips on how to give it to your pet. Anyone who has a squirmy and wiggly pet will know, it is much easier said than done. Leaving the scene you might look like you just fought off an attacker when really all you were trying to do was help your pet get the treatment to save their life.</p>
<p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; There’s a whole list of ways that can make it easier for you to give your <a href="">pet medication</a>. You can try wrapping your pet in a blanket to restrict their limbs from moving and try and force it down their throat. You can attempt to work as a team, and have one person hold down the animal and the other to give it to them.</p>
<p>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;Professionals will always recommend speaking to your animals in a calm and relaxed voice before giving them medication. This way they will not be scared and will be caught off guard when you slip them the meds. It is also a good idea to give your pet’s medication right before bed, because then they will be sleepy and easier to control. It is also recommended that pet owners use a spray bottle of water when giving oral pills to a pet, to help the meds slide down the throat more easily.</p>
<p>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;If none of these methods are working, do not worry, there are tons more! Try making the treatment process a game by creating competitions between pets, offering treats, playing catch or fetch, and taking them to a new place like a park or meadow. You can also try wrapping or mixing the medication in food, hiding it in odorless capsules, or applying the mediation while the animal is eating so they are distracted.&nbsp;</p>
<h2>A Veterinary Compounding Pharmacy</h2>
<p>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;Giving your pet oral medication is no small task. That is why choosing a <a href="">compounding veterinary pharmacy</a> is the best route to go for giving your pet any medications with ease and without any injuries. At a compounding veterinary pharmacy, the doctors can make the medication more appealing to your pets. They can add flavors such as chicken, beef, or fish and turn the medication into something easier to swallow like a gel or paste.</p>
<p>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;Going to a compound pharmacy means making the treatment process easier for you and your furry friend. No more dirty looks from the corner after you force a peanut butter covered pill down their throat. No more bite and scratch marks covering your arms and legs. Instead, you can give your pet the mediation the same way they get their food, and they might even think they are getting a treat!</p>
<p>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;Having a sick pet can be terrifying, but it doesn’t have to be. Since there is no way for us to communicate with animals that we are just trying to help them, we can’t reason with them to get them to take their meds. Instead, we can find new and smart ways to trick them.</p>
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Emerging Adulthood

<p>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;Pema Chödrön, an American Tibetan Buddhist, developed a system of mindfulness, centered on compassion. Her <a href="">compassion cards</a> are a set of 59 Buddhist mantras that one can pick from each day to live by. This weekend I purchased a set off of Amazon for just twelve dollars and for the next few months I will be using a different card each day to try and ground myself in the present moment. As a student, it is easy to get swept up in the commotion and stress of everyday life, so I will be putting each compassion card on top of my to-do list every day as to not forget it and constantly be reminded of it.</p>
<p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; These cards derive from the ancient practice of lujong. Today my card reads, “If you can practice even when distracted, you are well trained.” When I first saw this, I was a little confused. How can you practice while also being distracted? Isn’t the point of mindfulness to clear the mind of all distractions? I decided to do some research.</p>
<p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Through the internet I was able to learn that by noticing our distractions, we can pull ourselves into the current moment. Being well trained in meditation means not letting distractions and our emotions overwhelm us in any given moment. This is extremely important when a person is reaching “<a href="">emerging adulthood</a>,” or the period of time characterized by being in-between late adolescence and early adulthood.&nbsp;</p>
<h3>Mental Health in College Students</h3>
<p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; In a college setting, many students are faced with new and confusing emotions. Some of these emotions can be characterized as mental illnesses. There are many ways to deal with issues of mental health, and one of the best ones is to practice mindfulness meditation. &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p>
<p>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;Compassion cards are not for everyone. Fortunately, there are endless ways for a person to learn how to be present and aware of the moment at hand. This can include meditation. For centuries, meditation has been a tool utilized by all types of people to help ground oneself in the present moment. This means not focusing or living in the past or future but being aware of the moment you are in and not worrying about what has happened or what could happen.&nbsp;</p>
<p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Meditation is usually assumed to be in a yoga studio, with the lights dimmed and music playing. It is seen as something that is done before or after yoga, and that requires one to set out a chunk of time during the day to achieve. Many people do not know that meditation can actually be done anywhere. It can be done on a plane, a bus, or even at the office. One can meditate before falling asleep, or after waking up in the morning. The practice of meditation is very flexible, and you can curtail and create a system that works for you.</p>
<h2>College Mental Health Resources</h2>
<p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; No matter who you are, it is impossible to avoid stress. A young person is most commonly worried about their grades, getting into college, their friends, and their intimate relationships. Adults are often riddled with anxiety about their families, money, and their jobs. No matter your age, it is almost certain that you will experience anxiety and stress-inducing situations in your daily life.</p>
<p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Living in the current moment and being aware of one’s place in the universe can help individuals in focusing on what is important and lessening any tensions or qualms in their mind. It is amazing the wonders that can occur when one clears their mind even for a few minutes. Roommates, coworkers, and even family members can be a source of stress for an individual. Your college can also provide you with mental health resources in the counseling center. Common mental health disorders in young adults include anxiety, depression, and bipolar disorder.</p>
<h2>Mindfulness Exercises</h2>
<p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; There are many different mindfulness exercises that one can use to combat stress and anxiety in daily life. One of my favorite ways to ground myself in the current moment is to practice deep breathing exercises. As an individual recovering from a rib fracture, I was given a device from my doctor called an incentive spirometer. This is a small device that helps people with making sure they are fully expanding their lungs. I have learned that this tool is great to use for deep breathing techniques throughout the day. If you do not have access to one of these devices, you can easily look online for guided deep breathing tutorials and videos at all lengths and levels.</p>
<p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Every day I try to do deep breathing exercises at least three times. I keep my spirometer right on my desk, so I can see it out of the corner of my eye when cleaning, working, and doing other stressful activities. Whenever I feel overwhelmed, or like I am going to drown in stress, I take a step back and do a few deep breaths. Just taking a few seconds to focus on the body rather than the mind is all I need to ground myself in the current moment.</p>
<h3>Practicing Mindfulness</h3>
<p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; You don’t need to sit criss-cross on a yoga mat and say “ohmmmmmmmm” to achieve mindfulness. Each person’s experience is their own and no two people are alike in their journey to mindfulness. The more you practice mindfulness, the better you will become at it. In no time at all, you will be practicing it without even trying.</p>
<p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Try living in the current moment a few times each day. Starting with that you will soon be on your way to becoming a mindfulness expert. Don’t feel discouraged if it is hard for you at first, because sometimes it takes trained professional’s years to even get to the same point. Your journey is your own and other people have nothing to do with it. Keep trying, and one day it will all be worth the hard work.</p>
<p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Every person can benefit from practicing mindfulness, especially people who are in the period of life we call emerging adulthood. CEOs, doctors, students, and all sorts of people can learn unique and interesting ways to become more mindful no matter the environment. Ask yourself, why am I not using this tool? You have nothing to lose by trying to live in the current moment. You can only gain knowledge and peace.</p>
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Teen Marijuana Addiction

<p>Marijuana has grown like wildfire around the country as nearly everyone is embracing the drug into their daily lives. Compared to even a decade ago, products containing marijuana and using the drug for treatment have skyrocketed. Dispensaries are cashing in on the trend as more states are legalizing recreational and medicinal marijuana while pop culture is embracing its effects. More teenagers are also gaining easier access to marijuana and often start their “weed journey” by vaping or trying the classic <a href="">THC-infused pot brownie</a>. From vaping, teens may often move on to trying out marijuana with their friends after school, at parties, or at the comfort of their own home away from parental supervision.</p>
<p>Marijuana addiction can bring on disruptive withdrawal effects, problems with the law, and possible financial if a teenager isn’t careful with their use. Not everyone is the same with drugs, so one “hit” of weed may be either too little or too much for someone to handle. Science experiences and tips of taking marijuana are often spread by word of mouth, the danger lies in teens exploring the drug by themselves. The thrill of trying a drug that’s strictly prohibited by parents and other authority figures becomes exhilarating. Not everyone will want to support your constant use of marijuana, and that’s okay. Everyone is entitled to have their own opinion. Let’s review the signs of a teenager having a marijuana addiction and how it can affect them throughout their daily lives.</p>
<h2><u>Marijuana Addiction Red Flags</u></h2>
<p>Any teen who is addicted to marijuana will want to cover up their use, but often taking a closer look at their mental, physical, and daily habits overall will blow their alibis. Some signs of addiction to remember include:</p>
<p>● Marijuana addiction doesn’t discriminate against anyone. The most unsuspecting of teenagers could be smoking weed or eating edibles behind closed doors for different reasons. <b>&nbsp;</b>Just like any drug, frequent use of marijuana leads to a high tolerance for it in their body. This means that a person will start needing more and more of the drug in order to achieve the same quality “high” than before. Teens then fall into the trap of taking more over the course of a few months to a few weeks and suffer from the physical and financial issues their addiction brings.</p>
<p>● Marijuana addiction leads their victims to suffer from heavy withdrawal with the “comedown”. Going on and off from marijuana highs aren’t the most pleasant experience. Teens who are severely addicted or very sensitive to foreign substances can experience withdrawal symptoms like lost appetite, an extreme appetite, headaches, irritability, insomnia or anxiety, bloodshot eyes, or mood swings. They may feel like they can’t move from the bed and get anything important done. Over time, their weight gain or sleepless nights will start to show. &nbsp;Look out for these signs of decreasing health, a new eating or sleeping routine, and a negative mood throughout the day if you think someone or you have a marijuana addiction. They may start to have outbursts of anger if you question what they have been up to during the day or night.</p>
<p>● Marijuana addiction leads to heavily decreased cognitive abilities. Even the sharpest kid at school will not be able to react or think as fast if they are abusing marijuana every day or several times a week. They won’t be able to process quick questions or problems, especially if they are high in school or during extracurricular activities. They may seem more careless now about their responsibility and blame others for what they missed out on. If someone calls them out on their behavior or lack of showing up, they may lash out in anger or complain that people just don’t understand them well enough. These are all walls of defenses that a marijuana addict could put up because they know the truth about their lifestyle.</p>
<li>&nbsp;A marijuana addiction causes teenagers to <a href="">behave abnormally</a>. A teen that’s usually shy or stays at home may start going out more at night and hang out with new “clubs” at school. They may start to hang out longer after sports practice or discover new areas around town to explore. Either way, this could be innocent but if you’re seeing other telling signs of a possible addiction definitely step in and ask them what’s going on. Hanging out with friends who encourage weed will only make them want to use the drug more to feel accepted and in with the crowd. Being a teenager often means seeking approval and respect from others, so a teen who doesn’t even enjoy marijuana may be taking part in smoking it away.</li>
<li>A teen could start to isolate themselves in response to their addiction as well and disappear from the activities that they originally loved most. If someone really enjoyed their soccer games or playing the flute in band, addiction may cause them to practice less and become less interested in participating at all. They may bluff that the activities are dumb, waste time, or aren’t important anymore. They may also have no time at all to feed into their passions anymore because the majority of their day now revolves around marijuana. Since highs usually last a couple of hours, a teen can be extremely unproductive during this time. Open up your eyes to what they could be covering up.</li>
<h2><u>The Future Of Marijuana Addiction</u></h2>
<p>Marijuana is one of the less intense drugs out on the market. Culture is shifting towards accepting the drug for medical healing, reviving stress, and dealing with anxiety compared to the past few decades. More states will begin to accept the drug legally and the boundaries for smoking or eating foods containing marijuana in public will slowly widen. As we shift into a society that starts to incorporate marijuana in our daily lives, being aware of the risks that come with the drug is crucial. Marijuana can be enjoyable yet addictive, and people with addictive personalities especially need to stay mindful of their usage. Any type of dependency on the drug needs to stay away from frequent usage so their body doesn’t grow accustomed to a high.</p>
<p>&nbsp;If you’re going through a <a href="">marijuana addiction</a>, you need to get over your fears of judgment to become sober. if your friends or family are judging your choice to stay off drugs, you need to at least temporarily disconnect from their opinions so you can get help for treatment. The sooner you seek professional help for drug addiction the better chances you can reach sustainable sobriety. You may feel powerless and hopeless right now, but that isn’t a permanent feeling if you make changes in your daily actions to stay off drugs. Explore different options for natural treatment first before taking a medication if you aren’t fond of side effects as well. As you choose what methods are right for you, gain a professional consultation at a nearby<a href=""> </a>rehab clinic and see where their guidance leads you!</p>
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What Is Pain Pill Addiction?

<p>Battling an addiction to pain pills is possible but comes with a variety of obstacles depending on the patient. Thousands of people young and old around the country are being prescribed pain pills from their personal doctors, getting them from over the counter pharmacies, and passing them around to use with friends or family. A <a href="">Phoenix recovery center</a> is proving that using holistic and natural treatment methods can successfully allow patients to recover from their dependencies. Without the side effects of using additional medications to overcome withdrawal symptoms or tough cravings, patients who use natural therapies can focus on healing their body, mind, and spirit through one program itself.</p>
<p>Holistic therapy is a branch of recovery that has been around for a long time and has no signs of stopping. More patients every year are learning about the benefits of using natural holistic methods and gaining crucial emotional needed to get through the toughest days of recovery. Let’s look at the benefits of turning to natural treatment for addicts to get over their pain pill abuse. Learning more about the options available could save you or someone you know from taking a treatment route that could only cause more mental and physical problems in the future, before the consequences grow too large.</p>
<h2><u>Outpatient Rehab For Pain Pill Addiction</u></h2>
<p>Treating <u>pain pill addiction</u> takes time, patience, commitment, and personalization to be done successfully. Addiction is not a one size fits all situations since every patient who enters a treatment center needs customized guidelines to fit their medical priorities. Going to a treatment center is recommended since patients are able to stay accountable, gain needed medical and emotional support, and spend time focusing on conquering their addiction instead of juggling their normal responsibilities. Some benefits of using outpatient rehab and natural therapy to overcome pain pill addiction include:</p>
<li>Patients report fewer symptoms of withdrawal and cravings. Using therapies like acupuncture, aromatherapy, massage, music therapy, and even diet and exercise classes allows patients to rebuild their systems. Often the stress and imbalance that is built up from toxins from pain pills create additional symptoms that patients believe traditional medicine can cover. By addressing their systems of headaches, dizziness, fatigue, or anxiety at the root, patients learn how to think and carry themselves differently. They also learn how to de-stress during tougher moments so their symptoms are not as intense as before. Learning these skills is key before stepping out again in the “real world” and navigating obstacles with a sober lifestyle.</li>
<li>Patients receive care with understanding the nature of their pain pill addiction. Pain pills are one of the most addictive drugs on the market. Pain receptors are blocked during a “high” and can carry important messages to the brain to no longer feel pain and block out any discomfort in general. When too much of the drugs are taken in after a short period time our bodies, our bodies start to emerge with new symptoms like mood changes, low energy, headaches, insomnia, and muscle spasms. The dosage needed to feel pleasure again also slowly increases over time and havoc it wreaks on their digestive system that has to process the strong chemicals during each exposure. If a person goes through an overdose from painkillers before rehab, treatment centers will require them to spend a couple of days to detox and rid it completely from their bodies. Detoxing the body is crucial and all traces of foreign chemicals must be eliminated before true healing can begin for a patient. Phoenix recovery centers will admit patients at this phase but it’s important to remember that everyone might need a different period of time to completely detox their body.</li>
<li>Pain pill addicts benefit from meeting new people who are trying to improve their lives. Not all addicts admitted to a center are the same, but they are there for the same reasons: to overcome a dependency on pain pills. For individual therapy sessions and group therapy sessions, patients are placed with people closer to their background or age or can request a type they feel most comfortable with. Group counselors lead these sessions and allow enough time for discussion of thoughts, struggles, and tips between addicts who need support.&nbsp; They learn how to deal with their triggers and better combat the urge to relapse after they finish rehab. Group therapy meetings patients can also go over the day’s agenda, educate the patients about living with sobriety and practicing good mental health, and bring in guests who successfully transitioned back to their normal life after addiction recovery. These meetings force a sense of community between patients who need an outlet and may feel lonely initially in the process. They are left feeling more bonded to their peers, hopeful for the future, and determined to stay accountable to their plan for success.</li>
<li>Patients benefit from meeting with a chosen psychiatrist at least once a week to look at any possible side effects, evaluate their process, and make adjustments in dosage where needed. Patients dealing with intense feelings of depression, anxiety, or PTSD state that this one of the best benefits with going to a treatment center. All aspects of their health are taken into consideration and outpatient care after the program is finished keeps tabs on the status of their disorder. No patient will be forced to return back to work, school, or other stressful situations in life without ample education and personal guidance on how to cope.</li>
<h2><u>Overcoming Pain Pill Addiction</u></h2>
<p>Treatment and learning how to live sober is a lifelong commitment including making the right decisions every day. New habits must be formed as well as new thinking skills about stressful situations. Anyone can suffer from pain pill addiction relapse but can learn how to overcome tough temptations if they choose to stay away from negative people or places that put pressure on them hem. Phoenix treatment centers are one of the locations around the country that provide post-treatment programs for anyone who needs continuing care option once leaving the facility. If a patient was assigned to a personal counselor or case manager during their rehab stay at a treatment center, most are encouraged to continue communication and have weekly check-ins during the weeks shortly after the program is over. This allows accountability and motivation to continue for the recovering addict as they transition back into the hustle of daily life.</p>