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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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    Slave To Fashion? How Can You Prevent Ingrown Toenails?

    Whether you wear high heels as a way to assert yourself as equal in a world dominated by taller men and women or simply enjoy the fashion statement, you may at some point find yourself dealing with one or more painful ingrown toenails. Not only can this condition cause discomfort while standing or walking, in severe cases it can lead to stubborn infections in the delicate skin around your toenails. Those with a fondness for uncomfortable-looking shoes may be concerned their high heel days are over after developing several ingrown toenails over a fairly brief period of time.

    Why Do You Have Spider Veins On Your Hands and What Can You Do About Them?

    Spider veins, which are visible, blue or purple veins just under the surface of the skin, most often appear on the legs. However, they can appear on the hands and wrists, too. If you are developing spider veins on your hands, it is important to know what causes these veins to appear and what you can do to prevent them from becoming worse. What causes spider veins on hands? Some people are genetically pre-disposed to spider veins.

    Modifying Your Bathroom to Make It Safer

    As you age, certain daily tasks that you used to do all the time without issue can suddenly pose a health hazard. Your bathroom can become one of the most dangerous rooms in the house, and can make it difficult for you to perform normal hygiene. You may worry about slipping or being unable to get in and out of your bathtub without losing balance. In fact, about 640 people are injured due to bathroom injuries every day.

    Special Considerations For Teens Who Need Hearing Aids

    If your teenager has hearing loss, hearing aids may have been recommended to improve hearing. As even older adults often have difficulty adjusting to a hearing impairment and the social issues surrounding hearing aids, teens frequently experience even greater difficulty. Read on to learn about four different aspects of hearing aid use particular to adolescents and what you can do to support your child's use of hearing aids. Aesthetics and Fitting In

    Five Life Altering Sounds You May Miss If You Are Not Using Listening Devices To Hear

    Not being able to hear[,] or hear properly[,] can have a negative impact on your life. Perhaps the most negative effect is a direct result from not hearing five life-altering sounds. Here are those five sounds and how listening devices could save your life and/or the lives of those around you. Smashing Glass If your home does not have a security alarm and you are a senior citizen, you are at a higher risk for home intrusion.

    Muscle Building Exercises That Can Help Competitive Skiers Avoid Knee Injuries

    Competitive skiers know how common knee injuries, like ACL tears and MCL sprains, are in their sport. One of the best ways to avoid this type of injury is to build up core muscles and leg muscles that allow the skier greater control and prevent injury-causing falls out on the slopes. The best time of year to begin building muscle is before the season begins. Going into the fall months, competitive skiers should get in the habit of doing some routine exercises that will help them get through the ski season with strong and injury-free knees.

    What Is Tinnitus And How Do You Know If You Have It?

    Tinnitus is a condition characterized by the presence of a constant noise within the head or ear. Tinnitus is not usually a standalone condition but rather is a symptom of an underlying condition. The type of condition that causes tinnitus can vary. What do the noises sound like? Tinnitus noises can be a whining, clicking, roaring or buzzing. The noise may sound more like a swishing noise or a whistling. The noise may be high pitched or very low.

    Physical Therapy Meets Fun: Video Gaming As Treatment For Stroke Patients

    While physical therapy is necessary when recovering from a stroke, it doesn't have to be limited to a tedious list of exercises and stretches. More and more, therapists are incorporating video games into treatment plans to get patients moving again and help them rebuild strength.  Wii Sports Games Nintendo's Wii console uses motion controls to play many of its games. "Wii Sports" games are particularly helpful for stroke patients who have lost strength and range of motion in their arms.