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Recovering from Addiction to Prescription Medications

I never thought of myself as an addict, but I did end up addicted to anti-anxiety medication after developing Generalized Anxiety Disorder. At some point, the medicine stopped being a way to deal with the nervousness and panic attacks, and became something my body craved. I knew that I needed help fast. Fortunately, a local drug rehab program includes support for people like me. They helped me wean off the medication, use methods like massage therapy to help my nerves heal, and even provided ongoing counseling for our family. I don't know how I would have made it without their help. If you suspect that your medication has crossed the line from being helpful to hurtful, take heart. Let me tell you about my journey out of addiction and back to wholeness.

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5 Steps to Take If You Can't Get the COVID Vaccine

by Valerie Stevens

There are many different reasons that people do not get the Covid vaccination. Some people may not be able to get the vaccine due to health concerns. Others may have personal reasons for not wanting the vaccine. 

Regardless of why you can't get the vaccine, here are a few tips to protect yourself. 

1. Review vaccination or testing policies before going to large venues.

Many large venues have rules that attendees need to meet. For example, some venues require you to be vaccinated or show proof of a negative Covid test before admission. So that you don't get turned away at the door, you should be aware of their policies. 

2. Buy extra masks.

You may want to buy extra masks if you cannot get the vaccine shot. The masks can provide an extra layer of protection in case you encounter someone with Covid. They can also help to protect other people if you contract the virus and are carrying it around. 

Additionally, some venues, as indicated above, may require people to wear masks if they are not vaccinated. Having extra masks on hand helps to ensure that you don't get turned away from anywhere. 

3. Find a place that offers same-day Covid testing.

Again, to meet rules for admission to various public facilities, you may need to show that you don't have Covid. So that you can easily get a negative test any time you need, you should find a place that offers same-day Covid testing. Also, make sure that they can give you instant results after you take the test. 

4. Invest in in-home Covid testing kits.

In the rare cases where you cannot get into the same-day Covid testing facility, you may want to have a few at-home tests. Keep in mind that many places will not accept these tests in an official capacity. 

However, they can be useful for personal use. For instance, if you're going to visit a vulnerable family member, you may want to take a home test to ensure you don't have Covid. 

5. Boost your immune system 

If you cannot get vaccinated, you can also protect yourself just by boosting your immune system. Make sure that you eat right, take vitamins, and expose yourself to vitamin D every day. This will not prevent you from getting the virus or necessarily help you heal faster if you do get it. But anytime you do to improve your immune system can help you to stay healthy overall.