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text 2018-04-02 12:46
Tips To Select the Best Los Angeles Luxury Rehab

Drug addiction is a chronic disease. Addiction changes the behavior of the patients and has a very bad influence on their professional and personal life.  It requires proper treatment and care for the patients of addiction to come out of it and lead a normal life. A Rehab is a perfect solution for patients suffering with addiction. A rehab provides the services of experienced professionals like doctors, nurses and caregivers to treat the problems of addiction. There are many types of Rehab centers starting from the public centers run by the Government to Los Angeles Luxury Rehab centers, which offer state of the art facilities for the patients.

We are one of the finest Los Angeles Luxury Rehab, offering swift and holistic recovery to the patients suffering with addiction. Our sprawling 10 acres campus by the beach offers physical, mental and spiritual healing from drug and alcohol abuse. Patients are treated with complete natural and holistic treatment plans developed by our experienced team of doctors, counsellors and therapists.

There are many Los Angeles Luxury Rehab centers, but choosing the best one helps in the fast recovery of the patients. Follow these tips that will help you to pick the right Rehab

The rehab centershould be well known for its treatment plans and rate of recovery. Do a little research online and you can pick the best Los Angeles Luxury Rehab, ranked as Number 1 by Healthcare Global.

The luxury rehab should have pristine surroundings and a great environment. Luxury Rehab is preferred by most of the patients because of its location and amenities. A serene environment in the rehab allows the patients to relax and rejuvenate, while undergoing the treatment.

The treatment plans provided by the luxury rehab should provide holistic treatment plans using the modern solutions. The JCAHO accreditation helps to determine the world class service provided at the resort.

The Luxury Rehab should offer natural and organic healing plans. Most of the rehab centers offer alternative prescription medicines to treat the patients of addiction. But the organic treatment offered by Los Angeles Luxury Rehab helps the patients to fight with addiction and also be spiritually and mentally cleansed.

The treatment plans in the luxury rehab should be customized for individual needs of different patients.

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text 2018-04-02 10:19
Acupuncture for the Treatment of Opiate Addiction

Only the best services and treatments are provided by California Top Rehab to its global clientele. There is no question about the fact that traditional rehabilitation facilities cannot provide the customized treatment that California Top Rehab offers to people who are suffering from drug or alcohol dependency. Most traditional rehabs are dependent on government support that is why they cannot afford the same amenities that are provided by luxury rehabs.

California Top Rehab is well known for providing alternative treatment methods to their patients. When rehabilitation centers apply the cookie-cutter treatment they often fail to help the patient because it fails to address the underlying reasons behind the addiction. People have unique personalities meaning that a custom designed treatment must be provided to gain the most effective results.

Acupuncture is one of the holistic modalities that California Top Rehab uses in the treatment of opiate addiction. Acupuncture has been practiced by the Chinese centuries ago for various clinical conditions. Thin solid needles are inserted into specific parts of the body to treat different disorders. This alternative treatment method is now being widely practiced not only in China but Western countries as a complementary therapeutic intervention.

There are 3 known advantages on the effectiveness of acupuncture in the treatment of drug addiction. When acupuncture is used on a patient, who is dependent on opiates, there are no known side effects that will increase the sufferings while on the road to recovery. Second, opiate relapse can be prevented through the use of acupuncture. Third, acupuncture can be use for pregnant and parturient women.

Based on the observations of Dr. Wen in Hong Kong, when acupuncture is combined with electrical stimulation at 4 body points and 2 ear points, the symptoms of opiate withdrawal are relieved. When self sticking electrodes are placed over the skin on the acupoints followed by electrical stimulation, it can prevent relapse of heroin use and ameliorate opiate withdrawal signs.

More recent studies have revealed that acupuncture helps reduce the effects of positive and negative reinforcement associated to opiate addiction. However, future researches will better determine the extent of the influence of acupuncture therapy in regulating dopamine and other neurotransmitters.

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review 2018-03-22 12:37
El Cajon- Joel Shapiro

     One thing is for certain- this book gives El Cajon, California one heck of a reputation and one no city would want. Another thing, for certain- people don’t do well when addicted to Vicodin. Opiate addiction is very topical. One can only hope the medics and pharma people get a conscience before too many more people have their lives torn apart by addictive prescription drugs. But what the heck has that got to do with this book. Well, apart from the fact that Haim, the first-person narrator, is still somehow alive and even gets a few things right, there is a serious warning here. We see a few heroic deeds, but not from an actor one would ever wish to emulate. He is the very antithesis of John, Die Hard, McClane. A film about Haim Baker would not create quite the same sort of wannabe buzz.

     Before you take a first overdose on opiate-based medicines, read this book. However, don’t read this book if you are planning a trip to San Diego County, unless you are open to having your mind changed.

     This is a book which quickly becomes hard to put down, but not necessarily because you are enjoying it. Frustration with the first person, no hoper is going to drive you to distraction. Like the effect of the dumb principle in the high-tension film drama, one can’t believe the stupidity for walking into trouble, while not being quite irritated enough to switch channels. Actually, that is probably not so different to having a mild addiction to Vicodin.

     This book is extremely violent and at times exceedingly crude. Urine and blood seem to be constantly pouring in equal and often mixed volumes. And this book gets the near fatal stages of opioid addiction about right- except that PI Haim Baker somehow still manages to function, and even kill the right bad people. The book also highlights the terrible world of people trafficking, focussed here on girls bashed and drugged into the sex industry. Actually, that part of the book is particularly sickening. Sickening for the sane and those merely into substance rather than people abuse, that is! But, just as we know that nearly every neighbourhood has an addict at deaths door, we also know that not all our children are safe wheresoever we live. I choose to see a second serious message from Shapiro. That even in places with a veneer of respectability such abuses can be hidden.

     The writing is fast paced, and generally of a good quality. However, the grammar is far from conventional. For example, the disappearance of the period, the comma, is used to convey rapid and often chaotic and stressed, stream of consciousness, thought. Shapiro writes well enough to usually pull this off. However, one would want to load up with plenty of oxygen before reading some passages aloud. Even if there was pause for breath, one would have to check the audience first. Haim isn’t exactly shy about some excruciatingly detailed body malfunctions.

     Haim is like the most down-beaten, unprepossessing, suicidally inclined private eye one has ever read about, and then some. If it wasn’t for the kindness buried in his soul and for the reported damage in his personal life which has helped draw him low, many might jettison the read unfinished. That would be a pity. But to sustain any credibility, either Haim dies next time out, or breaks his addiction.

     Yes, the book deserves five somethings, though five pain killing white tablets may be more appropriate that five yellow stars. But for those that eagerly consume thrillers in which the least bad guy eventually wins this is a good fix. I would absolutely recommend this book for those that like no-holes plugged entertainment. The pictures Shapiro paints look disgustingly real to this reader.

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text 2017-09-01 10:33
Philosophy At Inpatient Rehab California

The problem of drug addiction and other kinds of addiction is continuing to get worse on a daily basis as more individuals are getting themselves into dangerous obsession towards various addictive substances such as Marijuana, Heroin or even alcoholic beverages. You see, addiction to the said substances have no benefits that it can give to the one continuously consuming the substances and in fact, they do more harm than good especially to the physical and physiological health of the person involved.  If one gets addicted to dangerous drugs for example, it will definitely change him in ways that people who know him, people who love him, won’t think it’s possible for him to change that way. Drug addiction can change one’s way of thinking and most of the time, someone who is under the influence of drugs, has a tendency to commit crimes. Now, our treatment facility, the Inpatient Rehab California, believes that everyone deserves a second chance to be given the right treatment for whatever addiction the person at hand is enduring and wants to get back into the society. At our facility, our clients are treated with utmost compassion, understanding and most importantly, respect.

Compared to other treatment facilities around the world, our licensed doctors and nurses at Inpatient Rehab California don’t have the degrading and demanding attitude towards their clients and not knowing it at all.in fact, we don’t treat our clients as if they are sick  patients and we don’t even treat drug addiction as a disease. When helping our clients in dealing with their respective addictions, we always make sure that we treat any kind of addiction as a trait that you harbour. We also believe that any kind of addiction can be altered by using natural methods instead of chemicals which can have the tendency to worsen the condition of the person. We focus mainly on using holistic kinds of treatments which we combine with all-natural health supplements to get you back in your best condition. Our team of doctors and nurses are trained not just to get yourself out of that addiction but, to finally deduce the very root of your addiction so that you can understand the causes that have been triggering your addiction towards an addictive substance.

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review 2017-08-25 12:18
A good psychological portrayal of a young man suffering from schizophrenia and a mystery that is not all in his mind.
The Unraveling of Brendan Meeks - Brian Cohn

I’m writing this review as part of Rosie’s Book Review Team. If you are an author and are looking for reviews, I recommend you check here, as she manages a great group of reviewers and if they like your book, you’ve made it!

Having read and enjoyed Brian Cohn’s previous novel The Last Detective  (you can check my review here), I was very intrigued by his new novel. Although it also promised a mystery/thriller of sorts, this one was set firmly in the present, well, as firmly as anything can be when told by a character suffering from paranoid schizophrenia who rarely takes his medication. As I am a psychiatrist, and I read many thrillers, the book had a double interest for me.

As the description says, the story is told is narrated, in the first person, by the main character, the Brendan Meeks of the title. Although he is from a good family and had an affluent (if not the happiest) childhood, his mental illness disrupted his education (he was studying a masters in computer sciences at the time), and his life. He now lives in a rundown apartment in St. Louis, surrounded by other marginal characters (a war veteran suffering from PTSD who never leaves the house, a drug-addict girl whose dealer has become something more personal, an understanding Bosnian landlord…). His main support is his sister Wendy. When she dies, he decides to investigate her death, and things get even more complicated, as his brain starts making connections and seeing coincidences that might or might not be really there.

Brendan is the perfect example of an unreliable narrator. His mental illness makes him misinterpret things, give ominous meanings to random events, and believe that everything that happens relates to him and “the code”. Brendan hears voices, abusive voices, mostly in the second person, that give him orders, insult him, tell him to harm himself and others… He has a complex system of paranoid delusions, all related to a “code” he believes was implanted in his brain, and he is convinced that there is a conspiracy of various agencies (mostly men dressed in dark suits driving black SUVs) that will stop at nothing to try and recover that information. Thanks to his parents’ money (as this is the USA, his access to care would be limited otherwise) he sees a psychiatrist once a week, but he rarely takes medication, as he is convinced that if he does, he won’t be able to escape these agents that are after him. Yes, the medication helps with the voices, but it does not seem to touch his delusions (if it is all a delusion). There are several points in the novel when Brendan ends up in hospital and is given medication, and then he seems to hold it together for a while, enough to go after some clues and make some enquiries, but the longer he goes without medication, the more we doubt anything we read and wonder if any of the connections his brain makes are real or just a part of his illness.

I thought the depiction of Brendan’s mental illness and symptoms was very well done. It brought to my mind conversations with many of my patients, including his use of loud music or the radio to drown the voices, his feelings about the medication, his self-doubt, the attitude of others towards him (most of the characters are very understanding and friendly towards Brendan, although he faces doubt and disbelief a few times, not surprisingly, especially in his dealings with the police and the authorities), and his thought processes. He is a likeable and relatable character, faced with an incredibly difficult situation, but determined to keep going no matter what. His sister’s death motivates him to focus and concentrate on something other than himself and his own worries, and that, ultimately, is what helps him move on and accept the possibility of a more positive future. He also shows at times, flashes of the humour that was in evidence in the author’s previous novel, although here less dark and less often (as it again fluctuates according to the character’s experiences).

The narration is fluid and fast, the pace changing in keeping with the point of view and the mental state of the protagonist. There are clues to the later discoveries from early on (and I did guess a few of the plot points) although the narrator’s mental state creates a good deal of confusion and doubt. The rest of the characters are less well-drawn than Brendan, although that also fits in with the narration style (we only learn as much as he tell us or thinks about them at the time, including his doubts and suspicions when he is not well), and the same goes for his altered perceptions of places and events (sometimes offering plenty of detail about unimportant things, and others paying hardly any attention at all).

Where the book did not work that well for me was when it came to the mystery/thriller part of it. There are inconsistencies and plot holes that I don’t think can be put down to the mental state or the altered perception of the character. There is an important plot point that did not fit in for me and tested my suspension of disbelief (in fact made me wonder if the level of unreliability extended beyond what the novel seemed to suggest up to that point and I became even more suspicious of everything), and I suspect readers who love police procedural stories will also wonder about a few of the things that happen and how they all fit together, but, otherwise, there are plenty of twists, and as I said, the build-up of the character and the depiction of his world and perspective is well achieved. Although the subject matter includes drugs, overdoses, corruption, child neglect, difficult family situations, abuse, adultery, and murder, there is no excessive or graphic use of violence or gore, and everything is filtered through Brendan’s point of view, and he is (despite whatever the voices might say) kind and warm-hearted.

I recommend it to readers interested in unreliable narrators, who love mysteries (but perhaps not sticklers for details or looking for realistic and detailed investigations), and are keen on sympathetic psychological portrayals of the everyday life of a young man suffering from schizophrenia.

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