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Archive for July, 2012

Tips for Buying a New Computer

Monday, July 30th, 2012

Buying a new pc is something that may be very easy or grossly complicated depending on how you would like to go about it. When you buy your first pc, your greatest bet might be to go for 1 that’s “boxed and ready”, and simply needs to be taken out of the box and plugged in, or set up with minimal fuss prior to you are able to use it correctly.

In the event you have been utilizing computers for some time, however, you are much more likely to know what you like and dislike in a PC, and might be able to make a more educated decision. You can choose a certain quantity of data storage, a specific sound or graphics card, a monitor that is larger or smaller, flat screen or otherwise, also as numerous other specifications.

The latter way may be much more complicated, however it might also save you some money in the event you do it in an intelligent way. When you know precisely what you want – and some time working with computers tends to teach you this – you will be much better able to make the options that save you cash and give you a computer that works exactly the way you would like it to.

A lot also depends on how you’re planning to make use of the pc. In the event you will merely be using it to go on-line and use a word processing program, then there’s often little need to mess with what’s already available, but if you have specific uses in mind for the machine, you are able to modify to your heart’s content to ensure you get the very best machine.

Alcoholism Treatment

Monday, July 16th, 2012

Self-Care at Home

Alcoholism is best treated by professionals trained in addiction medicine. Physicians and other health care workers with such specialized training and experience are best suited to manage alcohol withdrawal and the medical disorders associated with alcoholism.

In fact, home therapy without supervision by a trained professional may be life threatening because of complications from alcohol withdrawal syndrome. Usually an alcoholic will begin to experience alcohol withdrawal six to eight hours after cutting down or stopping alcohol consumption.

Several levels of care are available to treat alcoholism. Medically managed hospital-based detoxification and rehabilitation programs are used for more severe cases of dependence that occur with medical and psychiatric complications. Medically monitored detoxification and rehabilitation programs are used for people who are dependent on alcohol and who do not require more closely supervised medical care. The purpose of detoxification is to safely withdraw the alcohol dependent person from alcohol and to help him or her enter a rehabilitation (rehab) treatment program. The purpose of a rehabilitation program is to help the individual with alcoholism accept the disease, begin to develop skills for sober living, and get enrolled in ongoing treatment and self-help programs. Most detoxification programs last just a few days. Most medically managed or monitored rehabilitation programs last less than two weeks. Many alcoholic individuals benefit from longer-term rehabilitation programs, day treatment programs, or outpatient programs. These programs involve education, therapy, addressing problems contributing to or resulting from the alcoholism, and learning skills to manage the alcoholism over time.

These skills include, but are not limited to, the following:

Learning to identify and manage what leads to cravings for alcohol (“triggers”)
Resisting social pressures to engage in substance use
Changing health care habits and lifestyle (for example, improving diet and sleep hygiene, and avoiding high-risk people, places, and events)
Learning to challenge alcoholic thinking (thoughts such as, I need a drink to fit in, have fun, or deal with stress)
Developing a recovery support system and learning how to reach out for help and support from others (for example, from members of self-help programs)
Learning to deal with emotions (anger, anxiety, boredom, depression) and stressors without reliance on alcohol
Identifying and managing relapse warning signs before alcohol is used
Anticipating the possibility of relapse and addressing high-risk relapse factors