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We chat with the founder of a local pediatric therapy network to learn what sets them apart and how they get results for children with special needs. 

 
Children progress faster through play. That’s the idea behind ABC Pediatric Therapy.  
 
“We work with a range of children — those who just need a little extra help to medically fragile children, all diagnosis or no known diagnoses,” says CEO and founder, Diane L Crecelius, PT. “ I created ABC because I believe our special children are typical children stuck inside bodies that have not yet learned how to work. I believe every child has a voice. We must figure out how to hear it. I believe all our special children can be mobile, and we are challenged to give them wings. I believe every child can be confidently independent. We have to believe enough in them to let them have successes and failures.” 
 
Crecelius says there are four main features that make ABC Pediatric Therapy unique:
 
1. Multidisciplinary approach – all therapists work coherently to accomplish the greatest level of achievement for each child. Whether the child is receiving one discipline or all disciplines, our experience across therapies will promote overall improvements in the gross motor, fine motor, and communication areas. 
 
2. Home programming – therapists assist parents/care-givers in developing successful strategies and exercises that are useful and meaningful in each child’s everyday environment to encourage greater independence and participation in all areas of functioning. 
 
3. Innovative treatment approach – therapists integrate positive components of traditional therapeutic methods with innovative and creative treatment techniques and equipment. 
 
4. Five convenient locations: 
West Chester
7591 Tylers Place Blvd
West Chester, OH 45069
Phone: (513) 755-6600
Fax: (513) 755-3762
 
Red Bank Road
4325 Red Bank Rd.
Cincinnati, OH 45227
Phone: (513) 271-2419
Fax: (513) 271-2425
 
Western Hills
2039 Anderson Ferry Rd.
Cincinnati, OH 45238
Phone: (513) 922-5437
Fax: (513) 922-1530
 
Miamisburg
3449 Newmark Drive 
Miamisburg, OH 45342
Phone: (937) 281-1286
Fax: (937) 281-1298
 
Beavercreek
3817 Colonel Glenn Hwy
Beavercreek, OH 45431
Phone: (937) 427-9200
Fax: (937) 427-9203
 
For a free interactive screening tool to track and identify areas of improvement early in your child, click here to access ABC Pediatric Therapy’s online checklist: https://checklist.abcpediatrictherapy.com/. To learn more about ABC Pediatric Therapy, visit abcpediatrictherapy.com. 

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The lockdown cannot last for long. Many psychologists and sociologists agree that this was an excellent time for many people to understand themselves better and to harmonize communication with family members.

In fact, this was also the time for people to try something new or to grow professionally within individual spheres through online courses and projects. Statistics claim that the number of people applying for a class on, say, Coursera came up. Those who were not interested in getting theoretical knowledge applied for numerous pieces of training and courses. 

One of the most popular requests was cooking. Newcomers aimed at learning how to make each dish delicious, more experienced ones tried to improve their knowledge.

Dishes from foreign countries and recipes with unusual ingredients became popular as people had more free time to look for some unusual foods like cbd wax on the Internet. Moreover, this has become a kind of entertainment for them, but cheap products were the priority.

In fact, it would have been strange if a person wanted to buy not very cheap cbd wax when the whole world is suffering from crisis, the unemployment rate is springing up, and many companies are getting closed. Also, most of the dishes are made for personal consumption and people try not to overshoot the budget.

What is CBD, and why is it popular?

CBD is an abbreviation for cannabidiol, which is one of the elements of the cannabis plant. In the plant, it is combined with other active and inactive ingredients, the collective effect of which can be either positive or negative for a human body. CBD is said not to be psychoactive, though its interaction with the brains has not been totally studied yet.

The fact is that CBD does not make a person high, which means it can cause no psychological addiction as THC – the other cannabis element – does. In addition, its relaxing, anti-inflammatory, calming, and pain-relieving properties make it a great tool at struggle with side effects of such serious diseases as cancer, diabetes, epilepsy, and more.

Firstly, CBD has gained its popularity after doctors started using it for therapeutic purposes. However, only with the rising popularity of vaping devices, cbd wax – the substance for vaping that includes CBD has become popular. As a result, the Internet reeks with advertisements like ‘cbd wax for sale’ and ‘cbd wax legal’ nowadays.

Cannabis-infused foods are not popular nowadays, but its fame is rapidly growing. In fact, CBD manufacturers have understood the threats of vaping and know that the more people change to a smokeless lifestyle, the fewer they will buy cbd wax. Simultaneously, they know that people seek relaxation tools in this ‘rat race’ life, so CBD-infused food is about to go over big.

3 Top CBD recipes

1. Guacamole

Nowadays, guacamole is one of the most popular dishes worldwide. The reason is that its main component – avocado – is rich in lean fats. Lean fats are essential for proper body metabolism. Besides, the recipe is quite easy, and even inexperienced in cooking, people can prepare this dish. CBD-Infused Guacamole is a new trend for those who are eager to try something new and choose to use CBD in order to relax and get calm. For an average portion, you will need:

 

  • One medium ripe avocados,   

   

  • 1 tbsp lime juice
  • ½ tsp salt

  

  • ¼ tsp ground cayenne pepper
  • ½ small onion
  • One small tomato
  • ½ garlic clove
  • 1 tbsp fresh cilantro leaves
  • ½ jalapeno pepper
  • 1 mL of CBD Oil

 Step 1. Prepare the ingredients. Peel, halve and seed an avocado. Dice an onion. Seed and dice a tomato. Mince garlic clove. Chop fresh cilantro leaves and jalapeno pepper.

 Step 2. Mash an avocado in a bowl with a pestle and add the salt, cumin, garlic, cayenne pepper, cilantro, onion, jalapeno, tomatoes, and lime juice.

 Step 3. Stir everything so that it looks like a smooth paste and top the mixture with CBD oil.  

 Step 4. Stir again.

 Step 5. Cover the bowl with a plate and let it draw for 2 hours at room temperature.

 Note!  Even the best cbd wax for vaping cannot be used instead of CBD oil used for food.

 

2. Banana Cream Pudding Parfait

 

 Banana Cream Pudding Parfait infused with CBD is the sweetest position in our rating, but not less savory as the others. Banana is a universal sweetener. The majority of people are tolerant of bananas. Therefore plenty of dishes include this fruit. Pudding is one of the best desserts that a person can prepare in half an hour. The ingredients include:

 

  • 1/3 cup flour

  

  • ¾ cup of sugar

 

  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • 2 large egg yolks

 

  • 2½ cups milk

  

  • 2 tbsp. butter
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp. banana extract
  • 3-4 ripe bananas, sliced
  • 1 tbsp. Banana Flavored CBD Oil

Step 1. Put all the dry ingredients (flour, sugar, and salt) into a bowl.

Step 2. Whisk in lightly beaten egg yolks with the milk.

Step 3. Put the bowl on a medium fire and 2 tablespoons of the butter. Heat until the substance starts boiling. Slowly whisk while heating until the substance gets thick and remove from the heat.

Step 4. Whist in banana and vanilla extracts. Add CBD oil as well.

Step 5. Layer banana slices with pudding. Repeat until the serving dishes are full.

Step 6. Cover with wrap and chill for 2-3 hours.

Step 7. In case you want. Decorate pudding with chocolate, heavy cream, wafers, or any other topping.

3. CBD Coconut Water Ice Cubes

Coconut Water Ice Cubes infused with CBD gets the first place because this can be a constituent of so many cocktails and refreshing summer drinks, which is extremely topical today. The second point is that it is the easiest recipe ever. All you need is:

  • pure coconut water of the amount necessary to fill your ice cube tray or trays
  • CBD Oil as desired to dose the ice cubes

Step 1. Add a few drops of CBD oil into coconut water.

Step 2. Shake the container to mix.

Step 3. Pour the mixture into an ice cube tray and put it into the freezer.

To sum up, CBD consumption becomes quite widespread throughout the world. The majority of CBD consumers are those who use cbd wax for vaping devices. Usually, it is one of the ways people find the opportunity to use CBD in their private lives. However, some have heard about CBD because of some illness or even used it as a part of therapeutical treatment.

CBD is effective against some side effects caused by severe illnesses such as epilepsy, cancer, diabetes, and more. Also, some people look for the opportunity to consume CBD after they come back from travels to the countries where CBD is legal. One of the most famous countries with free legal access to CBD is the Netherlands.

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Learn about a woman who pivoted her catering business due to COVID to spread joy and happiness through family comfort foods.

There is a business in Anderson that wants to help people experience joy during the trying times we are in. “Oink! Is a craft service and catering company that was established to meet the food needs of feature filmmakers. That has all changed,” says Pamela Ford, Owner of Oink. The business is located at 1119 Sutton Road, Anderson Township, Ohio 45230. “The catering component and the LLC was established January 2020,” she says. “The craft service side has been in place for over seven years.”

The business name came from prior work experience that Ford has. “When I was the media coordinator for Jack Rouse Associates, I enjoyed all of the creative one verb names of our clients and thought that Oink fit well for a Cincinnati food-based company due to our relationship with pork product processing,” Ford says.

Oink has been offering Daily Meal Pickup throughout this time of COVID 19 pandemic. “Oink started offering family comfort foods for pick up each day. Customers place their orders by 8pm the night prior and can pickup after 4pm the next day. They text when they’re on their way and I set items out on a table in my front yard or in the back of my car in my driveway for a contactless pickup experience,” she says. “Oink has been able to alleviate the stress of shopping and meal preparation for my clients who were concerned about their elderly parents contracting the virus. Instead, they opted for meal pickup Oink! Pickup provides the opportunity for people to get out of their house and have some contact with a friendly face. Oink! offers affordable food for unemployed and employed alike.”

During the pandemic, they have also done so much for the community. Along with their Daily Meal Pickup service, they have “partnered with Sadie Blossoms to offer floral Fridays. $25 mason jar floral arrangements to spread happiness. With the sale of each cookie dozen, we also purchase masks from CriKettCreations out of Brooklyn for anyone who needs them,” Ford says. “Panda foods, a local produce company, delivers produce for us every two weeks, which we offer for cost and one week- a sponsor covered that cost so we offered free produce. In one week, Oink! raised $350 to feed three families in need of food. 

Additionally, an anonymous supporter asked if they had pets and provided pet food for these families as well. Oink! sees a need within the community and responds to that need. It’s a daily call and response and it feels guided by spirit.”

If you want to know more about what Oink does, check out their website and follow what they’re doing on Facebook.

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It’s a new community of custom homes built among a working organic farm. Learn more about Ohio’s first agri-community that’s sprouting up in South Lebanon.

A neighborhood in South Lebanon is offering Ohio’s first agri-community. Aberlin Springs is a family farm that was built in 1996, but started building homes on the property back in 2018. There are 41 homes that have currently been sold or are under construction in the community and that is located in South Lebanon at 71 and Route 48. 

“There is one lot left in phase 2, a decorated model for sale $950,000 and a ranch market home under construction, available in October for $599,000, and opening 38 new lots in phase three this summer,” says Leslie Aberlin, owner of Pendragon Homes. “There is a waiting list for lot holds, which are processing now. 138 homesites total for the community.”

There are a wide variety of services and amenities offered through Aberlin Springs and they include:

• Provides “custom homes from $360,000 to one million+with three different types of products and price points,” she says.
• “Working organic farm with professional farmers and two new hoop houses for year long growing seasons,” Aberlinsays.
• There are “Vegetables, greens, sprouts, mushrooms, egg laying chickens, and a lamb,” she says. “Goats and a donkey, which are farm pets.”
• Farm Market and gathering space
• On-site chef Rebecca Denney cooks meals for homeowners, runs the market and provides prepared food from the farm.
• Fishing Pond
• Herb and medicine garden
• Hiking trails and sidewalks for walking
• Chalet available for homeowners to rent space for events. “Three bedrooms with full bathrooms we rent to guests of homeowners and their friends,” Aberlin says.
• Salt water pool and hot tub
• Playground
• Grill room
• Two community fire pits

Aberlin says the farm environment is what makes Aberlin Springs so special and unique. “It is the amenity for the community and the desire for local chemical free food and connecting with the animals and the peace that is present when we slow down,” Aberlin says. The wanted to create an agricultural community to support farmers. The neighborhood “provides food security and provides a way of maintaining a rural environment, while allowing for developmental growth,” she says. 

Aberlin’s favorite part of Aberlin Springs is the environment around her. She loves “the spectacular views from every homesite overlooking the ravines, our farm to table dinners, monthly happy hour with the neighbors and Rebecca’s cooking classes,” she says.

If you want to keep up with what’s going on with Aberlin Springs, check them out on their website and Facebook.

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A new fitness facility in Mason provides a fun, unique and full-body approach to fitness. Keep reading for all the heart-pumping details!

A new fitness studio promises to bring a full-body workout and supportive community like no other to the Mason area this summer. “AKT is a full body workout that combines dance cardio intervals with strength and toning,” says Amanda Davis, owner of AKT Mason. 

While doors are opening this summer, building out The AKT has been in the works for a year. Unfortunately, due to COVID 19, their opening was postponed. “We had a lot of events planned with local businesses to help spread brand awareness and introduce the Cincinnati market to AKT. Those were all cancelled. We are now starting those back up as we finish construction,” Davis says.

The inspiration behind The AKT came from the passion that Davis has for fitness. “I grew up a competitive gymnast as a child and have always had a love for fitness and health. I have had a corporate career running a technology sales team and always felt like my true passion was in fitness and health. I took the leap of faith and followed my heart. I really wanted to do something that I felt truly made an impact in the community,” she says. “I believe in overall health from a mental and physical standpoint and feel AKT embodies just that. I have four young children under eight and really wanted them to see that you can follow your dreams if you work hard and believe in what you are working for.” The name of the business came from the Anna Kaiser Technique, who is the celebrity trainer and founder of the AKT concept. 

The AKT will offer four different classes at their facility and they will be: Dance, Bands, Tone and Circuit. If you want to know more about the classes, check out their website. Davis says the success of her business will be defined by the attitude of her team. “Success is having a team that comes to work happy every day and excited to train our amazing clients,” she adds. “Having clients who want to come to our because they are getting the results they want and are having fun doing it. We love when members refer friends to join them!”

Davis’ vision for the business is to see her clients get stronger on the inside, as well as the outside. “My vision for the business is to create a space where people can come in and spend an hour sweating, dancing and getting both mentally and physically stronger with a supportive family-like community. “At AKT, we are all about community. We say, ‘Nothing prepares you for AKT, AKT prepares you for everything,’” she says. “I want every member to walk out of AKT feeling like they can conquer their day.”

Davis says AKT brings people together, no matter what circumstances they are going through and community is a major part of their business. “We want to bring every individual, regardless of your circumstance together for one common goal. To become physically and mentally stronger while having fun doing it,” Davis explains. “We want members to support each other, care about each other and create bonds that will last a lifetime.”

Davis says the workout provides variations that always keep you on your toes. “We are a dance-based workout that combines dance cardio intervals and strength and toning into one fully comprehensive workout,” she says.

Davis’ favorite part of the job is her team. “I love working with my amazing team to provide clients with a space they feel they can come to and feel at home,” she says. “I love meeting clients and hearing their stories. Understanding who they are and really getting to know them on a personal level.”

The AKT will be located at 5675 Deerfield Boulevard in Mason in the Deerfield Shopping Center next to Whole Foods. To keep up with what’s going on with The AKT, check out their website or you can email tem at: aktmason@theakt.com.

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See how one local woman is making it easier (and tastier) to naturally build your immunity and feel your best.

One local woman is making it easier (and tastier) to naturally build your immunity. 

“Garden of Eten is a herbalism company and community. We provide products and information to help put your health back into your own hands,” Rachel Eten, Owner of Garden of Eten, says. “Our products use the balancing power of nature to give you the tools you need to help you live a full and whole life.”

Garden of Eten has a product called Elderberry Syrup. “Elderberry Syrup is a delicious honey-based herbal infusion that has been used for hundreds of years to help fight colds and flus, as well as seasonal allergies,” she says. 

Elderberries have been scientifically proven to help boost your immune system. “Elderberries come from the elder plant, which grows all over North America, as well as in other parts of the world. The berries have been used for hundreds of years to make syrups, pie, wine and other delectable treats,” Eten says. “It just so happens that these tiny berries are packed with Vitamin C, antioxidants and many other vitamins and nutrients.” 

There are a variety of ingredients in the syrup. “We use a gorgeous local raw wildflower honey that we infuse with cinnamon, clove, orange peel, rosemary and eucalyptus, organic elderberries that have been cooked low and slow with purified water in a batch kettle to preserve their nutrients,” Eten says. “We then top it off with a shot of freshly juiced organic, raw ginger root juice.”

Eten started making the Elderberry Syrup in her home during the winter of 2018-2019. “News got around fast and soon I was getting calls and messages on Facebook from people placing orders,” she says. “As the demand grew, I decided to make the plunge into the entrepreneurial life and officially began selling to retailers at the end of 2019.” Now “We produce our productsat the Incubator Kitchen Collective in Newport, Kentucky. 

The inspiration behind creating the Elderberry Syrup came from wanting to have creative and fun ways to keep Eten’s family healthy. “It may be hard to make your husband or kid eat an orange every day or remember to take their vitamins, but I found an elderberry was something they would ask for. It’s basically a yummy way to give our immune systems a boost during cold and flu season. Little did I know, it also helped us with our seasonal allergies,” she says. 

The Elderberry Syrup is unique because they took the most difficult route to create it. They use “the best equipment, the safest packaging, we never rush our recipe at the price of our ingredients. We cook our elderberries in a small batch kettle for hours before we start,” Eten says. “We also never allow our honey to be heated in fear of losing its important properties. We take the time to infuse the honey and juice our organic raw ginger root using a top of the line cold press juicer.”

The product is important for the community. “Garden of Etenhelps many connect with their local plant allies, as well as providing information on our Facebook group to help people reach their natural health goals. I love when customers tell me they started making their own elderberry syrup, that’s the point,” she says. “I want people tp realize that a more natural life isn’t just for people living on a farm. I want my products and Facebook group to be a jumping off point, as well as something they can continuously come back to as they go on their natural journey.”

With this product, Eten defines success with the Elderberry Syrup by the testimonials that she gets from customers. ”I’ve had customers write to me who have struggled with seasonal allergies their whole life who have found relief after taking the syrup daily. A lot of customers claim they are getting sick less and for a smaller amount of time,” Eten says. “Our Elderberry Syrup is cherished by so many, from teachers, nurses, lawyers, yoga instructors, flight attendants and stay-at-home moms, since it’s such a versatile product. That’s really why I love making the syrup.” People can get the Elderberry Syrup at a variety of places, including: Root Juicery and Kitchen, Susan’s Natural World, Performance Chiropractic and Cornerstone Family Chiropractic. “We are still waiting for several of our retail locations to reopen from CDC mandates. We also have some more locations launching over the summer, so stay tuned.”

Garden of Eten offers other products, beside the Elderberry Syrup. “We offer Drunken botanicals that are an organic, alcohol-based herbal infusion. Drunken botanicals are mostly single herb infusions, which can be used for what the plant is known to help aid (inflammation, seasonal allergies and relaxation). They can also be used for cooking or cocktails,” she says. “We have our Sober botanicals, which are an organic, glycerin infusion. Currently, we have Flower Child, which was inspired by my toddler son to help him ease the terrible part of terrible two’s and he’s obsessed with the yummy taste! We also have our skincare line with an Herbal Salve, Bruise Blend Roller and our Wild Violet Toner.” You can get the Skincare andBotanicals on the Garden of Eten website.

People can keep up with what’s going on with the business on InstagramFacebook and join their private Facebook group, “To keep up on fun health tips, science and natural food info,” she says. 

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Read on to learn about a woman who wants to blend natural food and creativity together in her cooking. 

An unhealthy relationship with food inspired one local woman to launch a service that brings nutrition to both table and life.

Trinidad Earth Food Chef is “A healthy and healing food biz that provides nourishment for your mind, body and soul to people,” says Trinidad Mac-Auliffe, Professional Chef and Nutritional Healing Coach. “Based on my experience as a certified raw vegan chef, my experience working in Mediterranean style restaurants and working as a food and healing coach for private clients. I created Trinidad Earth Food Chef as a way to bring balance and nutrition to your table and therefore to your life.”

Mac-Auliffe started her business in 2012 and it was called Raw Intervention. It “focused on high end raw food and vegan meals and did lots of educational programs,” she says. “Over the years, it has evolved. I have explored different ways of being a chef and coach. I have created different services; some remain and some not. It has been an evolution.” Mac-Auliffe currently works by herself at her home in the Eden Park area of Cincinnati. “It is best practice during lockdown because I keep the place with all regulations and restaurant standards and there are no people coming in and out,” she says.

The inspiration behind starting the business came from a passion for natural foods. “I am inspired by the beauty of natural food, by the reality that every element in nature has a purpose with its minerals, vitamins, fat content, etc. It’s all wonderfully created by the universe for us to thrive,” Mac-Auliffe says. 

She was inspired to create the business because of the unhealthy relationship she used to have with food. “I have also battled eating disorders since my teen years, which I believe is an emotional maladjustment to life and it was puzzling for me, the dichotomy between loving to eat healthy and the eating disorder,” Mac-Auliffe says. “I believe that the love I have for health food has saved me. I do my best to eat balanced and honor the earth foods and that is what inspires me to keep growing inside of my biz. I believe that eating healthy without a diet per se that has restrictions is a solution to mental and physical disorders.”

She calls herself ‘Earth Food Chef’ because she wanted “a way to really just brand myself as a chef that supports earth food practices, as a chef that supports sustainable practices to the best of my abilities and also this is inclusive of elements -both plants and animal, and yes, minerals.”

Mac-Auliffe provides two different services right now and they are:

▪ “Collective Delivery is a plant-based meal delivery service that runs once a week, every Tuesday. You receive a new menu on Thursday evening via email and order by Saturday at noon,” she says. “Food is super, highly nutritious and all items are made in the house, such as quinoa breads, taco shells, herbed dressings, etc. I have awesome photos on my website-site is under construction and it will be ready soon. 
▪ Alchemy of Nutrition (Opens Friday, May 29)

“I am opening a new service for pick up from the kitchen on Fridays and Sundays. Meals are inspired by my Mediterranean food upbringing and they include: meats, fish eggs and eventually some traditional Chilean recipes,” Mac-Auliffe says. Menus for the week will be sent to people’s email inboxes on Mondays and takes orders until Wednesday at noon. 

“Friday is great for carry out for families and couples wanting to chill and have some super awesome healthy food ready for them and their kids for the weekend.,” she says. “Sunday is great for people to get ready for the week ahead. Pick up some healthy balanced dishes to take to work or have ready when done with work, whether work is at home or office-healthy food always available is a must.”

The mission of Trinidad Earth Food Chef is creating dishes that “fun, accessible and fill of awesome flavors,” Mac-Auliffe says. Healthy eating is a lifestyle, not just a diet. “I want to break the boundaries between so-called diets and embrace the whole of what the planet has to offer, and hopefully we- the people- can stop judging and creating division between vegan and non-vegans and be supportive of other cultures that are ancients and have a beautiful balance using all the elements from earth foods,” she says. “I hope people have fun eating, free from guilt and shame and can experience health! The truth is that the energy that healthy food brings is undeniable.”

The business is unique because it concentrates on creativity with creating food. “The meals are very creative and loaded with nutrition, attention to the nutritional value of dishes is evident by the amount of colors, textures and elements in each dish. There is a lot of design that goes on the menus, and flavors are layered with intention. It requires a different kind of approach to cooking, preparing and assembling,” Mac-Auliffe says. “Alchemy of flavors and nutrition cometogether in your plate, good for the senses and health. Of course, some dishes are more successful than others and that’s part of my personal growth as a Chef and Nutritionist.”

To learn more about Trinidad Earth Home Chef, you can check her out on Facebook and her website.

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Drug addiction is a problem that affects more than just the individuals that struggle with it. Its effects are also felt by family members, coworkers, and friends. Essentially, the problem is more than the abused substances. Users of prescription and illegal drugs deal with compulsions and cravings. They also face issues like depression and anxiety. 

The Connection between Addiction and Depression/Anxiety 

A person is said to have a dual diagnosis when they have a mental health problem co-occurring with substance abuse. Unfortunately, many individuals with the dual diagnosis do not get treatment because they are prevented from doing so by their mental health issues. What’s worrying is the fact that when a person fails to seek treatment for a mental health condition or addiction, their situation gets worse. 

Nevertheless, individuals with co-occurring disorders can get help by searching for the phrase ‘inpatient drug rehab near me’ online or contact with centers like https://addictionresource.com/drug-rehab/locator/. Inpatient drug rehab is a facility where individuals that are struggling with drug addiction receive treatment and counseling to regain control over their lives. Currently, many rehab facilities provide treatment for co-occurring disorders. This entails treating both substance abuse disorder and mental health problems simultaneously. 

Co-occurring disorders present challenges when it comes to recovery. That’s because each has symptoms that may be difficult to differentiate. What’s more, substance abuse and mental health problems affect each other. As such, their simultaneous treatment is the most effective treatment approach. 

A 2016 survey revealed that there are more than 8.2 million individuals in the United States alone that suffer from a mental health disorder and drug addiction. However, only 7.4% of those with dual diagnoses receive treatment for drug addiction in a professional setting. 

Drug addiction and conditions like depression and anxiety, as well as, relapse are connected in several ways. Their common sources include: 

  • Socializing- In some cases, social anxiety leads to drug use. It also interferes with a person’s recovery from drug addiction. Thinking about attending peer counseling or group therapy sessions can cause anxiety and fear in some people. 
  • Thinking- Difficulty focusing or concentrating can affect the ability of an individual to function, make decisions, and even increase anxiety. Some people can use drugs like addictive amphetamines to counter such symptoms and focus. 
  • Sleeping- Depression and anxiety can cause sleep disturbances. Some people turn to drugs to deal with this problem. Unfortunately, drugs like stimulants can worsen this problem. And, a person can take other or more drugs in an attempt to deal with the problem. 

Managing Stress and Anxiety in Healthy Ways 

Stress, anxiety, and other mental health conditions are linked to addiction. That’s why a person may search for ‘drug rehabs near me’ when they feel stressed or anxious and they use addictive substances. Nevertheless, dealing with stress and anxiety requires a person to condition their mind and body. Here are some of the factors that a person should focus on to condition the body and mind to deal with stress and anxiety without drugs: 

  • Activity- Taking deep, repeated breaths is one of the active ways of reducing stress. Others include listening to music, meditating, and getting a massage. Anything that can clear the mind of a depressed person can help. This includes counting slowly to self-distract, talking to a family member or friend, as well as, shooting the breeze. 
  • Mental- Realizing that some of the things that life brings your way are out of your control is an important step in the process of dealing with depression. Perfection might be impossible. However, a person can opt to maintain a positive attitude. Reducing negative thoughts can lower anxiety. Even writing things down can bring solace and help a person deal with triggers of depressive feelings. 
  • Physical- Caffeine and alcohol won’t mix with anxiety. As such, you have to quit using them. You can deal with anxiety and depression by eating healthy foods. This will give you more energy and help you feel better. Ensuring that your body gets vitamins, proteins, and minerals can help you achieve and maintain a stable level of blood sugar. This, in turn, can reduce stress response which is the major anxiety trigger. Avoid consuming refined carbohydrates, sugar, and skipping meals. 

Nevertheless, some individuals need professional help to deal with stress and anxiety. That’s why some people search for ‘drug rehab near me’ online especially when they think addiction is a factor in their depression problem. 

Beating Depression in Healthy Ways 

When depressed, a person can feel hopeless and drained. Turning to alcohol and drugs can’t help a person feel more hopeful and happier. Professional help can help an individual overcome depression. Here are tips that can help a person beat depression without medication. 

  • Keep in touch- Depression makes a person want to isolate themselves from the others. As such, connecting with friends and family can boost the mood of a person and their outlook. Even without a solution, being compassionate and attentive can complement professional addiction help. Therefore, a person should talk, socialize, call, and go out for dinner even when they don’t feel like doing it. 
  • Exercise- Research has shown that exercise can help in alleviating depression symptoms. Working out can boost the energy level of a person. This can counter the fatigue that is associated with depression. Rhythmic exercises like dancing, weight training, and walking can help with depression. A depressed person should focus on activity sensation instead of negative thoughts. Working out in the company of other people can also help. 
  • Get out in the sun- Go for an adventurous hike, lunchtime walk, or just let the natural light in through the window. Being exposed to the sun for at least 15 minutes can increase the levels of serotonin in the body. And this can help with depression. 
  • Challenge your negative thoughts- How a person thinks affects their feelings. Nothing or all thinking can exacerbate depression. Over-generalizing negative experiences, diminishing or ignoring positive thoughts/events, believing how a person feels changes their reality, and jumping into quick conclusions can all exacerbate depression. Having many rules and using personal shortcomings and mistakes to label self can also worsen depression. 

Searching for ‘drug rehab centers near me’ online and undergoing professional counseling might not be enough for some people. A depressed person can also enhance their recovery by doing these things. 

Final Thoughts 

Addiction is related to mental health problems like depression and anxiety. But, some people don’t know this when asking, ‘where do I get drug counseling near me?’ Nevertheless, the best treatment facilities take an integrated approach to treat co-occurring disorders like addiction and depression. This involves encouraging individuals to do the things discussed here to enhance their recovery. 

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See how a mom of two young children is balancing mom life with her own childhood dream of working in healthcare as a Respiratory Therapist at The Christ Hospital.

Have you known what you wanted to do with your life since you were little? Well, Miranda Triantafilou did. 

“Growing up I always knew I wanted to work in the community changing and saving lives,” she says. “I wasn’t familiar with the respiratory care profession until I was in high school. I learned about the profession through a personal experience when my uncle was sick with lung cancer. I was immediately interested because it was a specialty.”

Today she is a Respiratory Therapist at The Christ Hospital. “We specialize in the treatment, maintenance, and diagnostics of cardiopulmonary disease,” she explains.

The world of respiratory therapy has changed in the last several weeks, however, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Triantafilou says that things at work have changed in that they are always wearing personal protective equipment (PPE), rather than just in patient rooms. Additionally, the hospital is currently not allowing visitors except in certain, special circumstances.

Through the COVID-19 pandemic, Triantafilou wants others to discover the importance of healthcare workers. 

“Healthcare professionals really are the center of the community,” she says. “Whether it’s prevention, maintenance, or emergencies, it takes the whole health care system working together to make it effective and beneficial. There isn’t one person who won’t need medical care at least once in their lifetime.” 

Outside of her job, Triantafilou is a mother to two young children, ages 3 years and 7 months. 

“I am always aiming to maintain that work-life balance,” she says. “I strive to always be fully present when I’m at work so I do the same when I’m home with my family. Along with the further precautions the hospital has put in place I’ve been taking added precautions at home such as changing my clothes prior to coming home as well to allow for more of a safeguard.” 

Triantafilou says that when it comes to staying safe and healthy she recommends that others refrain from living in fear, but move forward with caution. 

“Frequent handwashing is key and the No. 1 way to prevent the spread of any infectious disease,” she adds. “With the economy opening and businesses starting back up it is important to be courteous as well by not going to public places if you are sick.”

Editor’s Note: This feature is part of a special “Hearts to Heroes” issue dedicated to individuals across the Tri-State working on the front lines to provide for our community. Readers nominated and our editorial board selected those included in this week’s issue. Everyone featured is also receiving a heart-filled care package of self-care products, yummy treats, and gift cards to several local shops and restaurants. Many thanks to AT&T and Leslie Young, Vice President, EVER Skincare, Stella & Dot Family of Brands for making this effort possible.

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Get a peek inside the world of this Emergency Department Nurse Manager as she innovates ways to bring teamwork and heart to her employees as they weather this storm together.

Tiffany Frazier pours her heart and soul into her position as the Emergency Department Nurse Manager at Mercy Anderson. “I have an amazing Emergency Department family and a very supportive leadership team,” she says. “We lean on each other and we are constantly checking in on one another.”

Being a part of a supportive team has never been more important than it is right now. As Frontline Heroes take center stage in the COVID-19 pandemic, she knows that the safety of her staff and their families is one of the most important aspects of her job. 

“We know first-hand that we are not immune to COVID-19,” she says. 

Not only is the physical health of her employees important to her, but she also wants to make sure they’re staying mentally healthy as well. 

Frazier checks in with her employees, and the team has continued to support each other throughout the last several weeks – as healthcare workers have been some of the most impacted professions during this trying time. 

However, Frazier not only has to worry about the health of her team members at work, but her husband as well who works as an Emergency Department nurse across the river in Kentucky. 

“I have a wonderful support system at home,” Frazier adds. 

To help keep on top of all the latest COVID-19 developments, she leans on the same teamwork she provides her employees. “I have relied on the guidance of upper management and other Emergency Department managers in the ministry,” she explains.

As for the future, Frazier says she will continue offering the same support to her team as they further navigate the COVID-19 pandemic.

Editor’s Note: This feature is part of a special “Hearts to Heroes” issue dedicated to individuals across the Tri-State working on the front lines to provide for our community. Readers nominated and our editorial board selected those included in this week’s issue. Everyone featured is also receiving a heart-filled care package of self-care products, yummy treats, and gift cards to several local shops and restaurants. Many thanks to AT&T and Leslie Young, Vice President, EVER Skincare, Stella & Dot Family of Brands for making this effort possible.

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