Safe Treatment Center For Your Family

stcDrug restoration programs are considered to offer three very important advantages of physical, psychological and emotional help. The most excellent drug rehab centers are identified by the expertise and reliability of their team, the superiority of the system itself, the application’s popularity and their success rate. All these key factors are essential to think before starting the process of on which system to be present at. There’re many drug restoration facilities available to offer professional as well as efficient drugs restoration applications. Choosing to obtain help to obtain a drug or alcohol consumption problems takes you an enormous step of improvement for you towards restoration.

Making the selection on which drug rehab centers to be attending are an essential choice. Creating a knowledgeable and advised choice will probably be what creates the distinction in your liked one’s capability to accomplish an effective restoration. Rehabilitation facilities could be expensive. There’re many cost-effective alcohols as well as drug rehabilitation centers that’ll work not for benefit, however they may be difficult to find as well as also run using important holding out details. If you or else some of your family members is being affected by drug addiction, at that time go for a reliable and an efficient drug rehab center today.

Qualities Of A Good Drug Rehab Center

A good drug rehab center must have the right programs which will help your patient to recover within the shortest time possible. Remember you do not want to spend your money on programs that do not help your patient to change. Before admitting your patient, look at the kind of programs being offered for the patients.

This center must possess a good reputation. Go through the feedback area of their website just to know what people have to say about this center. The comments people make about a drug rehab center are very important. The success stories you read on the rehabilitation website will determine your level of trust for the rehab center. It is also very crucial for you to check through their list of facilities. The rehab center must provide all the necessary facilities that will help an addict to recover easily. Such facilities include a sports center, library, well furnished classrooms, and accommodation facilities.

Lastly, before you admit your patient to any drug rehab center, ensure that the rehab center has qualified and professional staff. Qualified and professional staff ensures that you get the right programs for your patient. They also ensure that your staff can recover in the shortest time possible with permanent change.

Getting Ready to Treat Panic Attacks Effectively

An Essay By Candi Halpern

I am beginning to hate my husband’s extreme fondness for coffee. I think he is taking too much caffeine and it’s the reason why he has to figure out how to stop his panic attacks with some good remedies. I was able to speak with a friend the other day and as a nurse, she knows a lot about panic attacks. At first, I did not know what was wrong with my husband. If not for my friend, I would not have known that my husband is already ill. I related to her how my husband’s behavior changed when his addiction to coffee started. He

Don't panic!

Don’t panic!

started to worry a lot about things that do not really matter. He fears that something ill will happen all the time. Even our kids think he is becoming weird and this makes them a little aloof to their father. I already told my husband the possibility that he has anxiety disorder. I told him that if he wants to confirm it, we should go to a specialist. He assured me that we will get there but he asked me to give him more time to gather strength. I understand that it’s not easy to accept that something is wrong with your health. I will wait until my husband is ready to see a doctor and have his problems treated.

 Save Yourself From An Anxiety Disorder

I guess it’s time I start looking at some tactics to cure anxiety disorders. My mother once experienced anxiety disorder and currently, it is my sister who is suffering from this illness. Based on a TV documentary on anxiety disorder that I was able to watch some time last year, this medical condition can be hereditary. It can also be a side effect of some serious diseases such as asthma and heart ailments. It was also mentioned that a person who is extremely stressed out can also develop anxiety disorder. I still hope that I will be saved from this bad luck. My mother already advised me to keep my lifestyle healthy to avoid having panic attacks. She knows how difficult it is to have this condition and she wishes to at least save some of her children from having to go through it. She always reminds me that I should only eat hale and hearty meals. She asks me to get involved in physical activities. She is into yoga and she wants me to try it out, as well. She also wants me to stop consuming too much alcoholic drinks and caffeine as these substances contribute to the development of anxiety disorder.


Springtime Means Geraniums To Me

We’ve heard of gardeners who consider geraniums too ubiquitous to bother with, but there are plenty of good reasons why these plants got to be so popular. Whether your passions lean toward abundant fragrance, brilliant blossoms, or spectacular foliage, you can find a geranium to suit your fancy. Generations of American gardeners have relied on these tried-and-true performers to embellish their flower beds and borders, bring charm to urns and hanging baskets, and, of course, enliven their conservatories and windowsills year-round.

Mistaken Identity



More than 230 species are known by the common name “geranium,” but these enduring plants are really members of the genus Pelargonium, a group of tender perennials. The confusion started early in the 17th century, when the plants were introduced to Europe from South Africa. Botanists there first classified the plants as a species of the genus Geranium, and the plants received the nickname “African geraniums.”

That name stuck until the 18th century, when European botanists took a closer look at the flowers the species of Geranium bore: While all plants displayed five-petaled flowers, the European perennials (the “true geraniums”) had symmetrical petals, and South African plants didn’t. So in 1789, the African geraniums received a botanical makeover and were reclassified under the genus Pelargonium. (The names geranium and pelargonium derive from Greek and mean “crane” and “stork,” respectively, references to their seed pods’, or fruits’, resemblance to the birds’ beaks.)

Ever since the plants arrived here in North America in 1760, we have continued to use the common name geranium for most pelargoniums, while we call true geraniums “hardy geraniums” or “cranesbill.”

Take Your Pick

Favorite conservatory plants for more than 300 years, geraniums remain one of the most reliable flowering plants – indoors or out. Most garden geraniums fall into one of the following groups or the scented-leaf group.

* Zonal geraniums (Pelargonium X hortorum) are sometimes called “garden,” “common,” or “fancy-leaved” geraniums. Consisting of nearly 2,000 varieties, this group is the most common and widely grown. As garden plants, they’re prolific bloomers; as houseplants, they flower throughout most of the year. The one-inch flowers, in shades of red, pink, or white, can be either single, semi-double, or double and they may display pinpoints of red or pink on their petals (called bird’s-egg geraniums). Some varieties bear “notice-me” leaf markings in shades of white, silver, red, or maroon, but the leaves of all varieties are covered with just a trace of soft, fine fuzz. Colors on variegated varieties become more intense in cooler weather.

* Ivy-leaved geraniums (P. peltatum) trail up to three-foot stems of ivy-shaped, glossy leaves that cascade gracefully down from hanging baskets and window boxes. The trailing stems can also be grown as an annual ground cover. Some varieties like ‘Red Alligator’ are noted for their decorative foliage. Single and double flowers up to 1 1/2 inches span the color range of both bright and pastel palettes. “Trailing types,” as these geraniums are sometimes called, tolerate some shade better than other geraniums, making them ideal for growing outside under an eave or inside in an east- or west-facing window.

* Martha Washington (P. x domesticum) is but one name for another group, though depending on what part of the country you live in, you may call them Lady Washington, Regal, Showy, or just plain pelargoniums. The leaves are slightly crinkled, and larger than ivy-leaved geraniums, with edges that are often toothed; some even have a slight scent. Frilly 1 1/2 to 4-inch flowers have earned high visibility for this group. Although bloom time is limited to the period from early spring until midsummer, the plants are spectacular at their peak. ‘Purple Imperial’ is especially striking. Flowers are fragile and can shatter in windy areas, and Martha Washingtons also flourish in moderate temperatures, factors that make them well suited to growing indoors.

Growing Geraniums

Geraniums generally require little care but do thrive under optimal conditions. Outdoors, plants should be set out in the spring after all danger of frost has passed. Once established, most plants will tolerate the occasional light frost. For best flowering, plant geraniums in a sunny, well-drained, moderately fertile soil that’s kept slightly dry. Nearly all geraniums need at least six hours of sun a day, although some shade is welcome in hot weather. In parts of the country where winters are cold, geraniums should be treated as annuals or cut back by a third in the fall and brought indoors for the cold season.

All types can be grown indoors as houseplants and thrive in pots with fast-draining potting soil. For best success indoors, place plants where they will receive at least six hours of bright indoor light and some direct sunlight. Allow the soil to dry out somewhat between waterings, and keep the humidity low (don’t mist the leaves). Pinch back young plants occasionally to encourage bushiness and remove faded flowers to keep blooms coming even longer. During winter, plants should stay cool (55 [degrees] to 65 [degrees] F is best) and the soil kept slightly dry. Grow zonal geraniums in a sunny window that stays above 50 [degrees] F at night and you’ll be rewarded with colorful blooms throughout most of the year.

Fragrant Foliage

Scented-leaf geraniums (Pelargonium grayedlens, P. tomentosum, and others) evoke aromatic pleasures as well as optical ones. Some varieties tantalize with blends of rose and lemon; others tease with hints of sweet ginger, spicy nutmeg, or fruity apple. And if these aromas aren’t enticing enough, the wide range of leaf shapes – from widely lobed and velvety to lacy and fernlike – are a decorator’s dream.

Touching a scented geranium provides an unforgettable experience, for when the leaves are bruised even slightly, minute beads of fragrance erupt into the air. The essential oils are often used in aromatherapy products and cosmetics while crushed leaves are a potpourri staple.

There are more than 100 varieties of scented geraniums in common cultivation. Some display showy flowers, such as the eucalyptus-scented ‘Clorinda’: Its richly colored orange blooms (the largest of all scented geraniums) are as striking as its scent. Others have tiny flowers; ‘Lady Plymouth’ has dainty, soft pink flowers along with its wonderful rose and citrus scents.

Often the common name is symbolic of its character. ‘Oak Leaf’ refers to its leaf shape while ‘Apple Scented’, ‘Lemon Scented’, and ‘Nutmeg Scented’ describe the scent. But, alas, chocolate lovers may feel somewhat cheated by ‘Chocolate Mint’, which refers only to the unusually striking dark-green foliage with chocolate-colored centers.

Seiffen Is Just Straight Up Awesome

Gazing at the shop windows that line the streets of Seiffen, you can’t help but suspect that Santa’s elves secretly do their holiday shopping here in the Ore Mountains, the cradle of Germany’s centuries-old Christmas handicraft tradition. Although many Americans don’t realize it, dozens of the Christmas traditions they cherish were first instituted in the towns and villages of this mountainous region, located just a few hours’ drive from either Munich or Prague.

Just gorgeous, is Seiffen.

Just gorgeous, is Seiffen.

For decades, this forested region on the border of what is now the Czech Republic was isolated behind the Iron Curtain. Although travel to Seiffen has increased since the fall of Communism, in 1989, the overcommercialization that has befallen many other scenic places in Europe has not occurred here.

A trip to the Ore Mountains (Erzgebirge in German), especially for visitors interested in the region’s Christmas decorations, is best centered around Seiffen, home to more than 100 craft workshops and dozens of retail stores specializing in handmade nutcrackers, Nativity scenes, angels, and wooden figures.

Since the 18th century, talented Seiffen artisans have worked in small village shops (generally family-owned businesses), busily fashioning toys and holiday ornaments. The craftspeople in these workshops (Werkstatte) often specialize in crafting one particular type of ornament, such as candle arches, music boxes, or nutcrackers, using designs and techniques developed by their forebears. And unlike Santa’s secretive elves, quite a few of Seiffen’s workshops welcome onlookers and collectors – look for signs that read Schauwerkstatt (“demonstration workshop”) or Verkauf (“sale”), which indicate that the workshop sells directly to the public.

The most beloved craft found in the Ore Mountains is the nutcracker. Although these whimsical creations were first at German Christmas markets late in the 18th century, for Americans they are postwar phenomena. Americans first became conscious of the stately wooden soldiers when Tchaikovsky’s 1892 ballet The Nutcracker began to gain widespread popularity in the United States after it was first performed in the mid-1940s. Other ornaments created by the region’s artisans, including candlelit carousels (called Pyramide in German) and incense-burning pipe “smokers,” continue to gain popularity among American collectors, many of whom were introduced to the crafts by family members who had been stationed in Germany while serving in the military.

The region’s long mining history remains another folk art theme, one that finds expression in carefully crafted wooden miners and miners’ wives. Although the mines were depleted in the mid-19th century, for centuries the Ore Mountains were a rich source of silver and tin. It’s still quite common to find shops that carry colorful wooden depictions of miners in dress uniform – green cylindrical caps, black cutaway jackets, and white pants – carrying the tools of the trade, lanterns and hammers and chisels.

To fully appreciate how the region’s extensive mining culture could give rise to such a rich, grassroots artistic tradition, tour Seiffen’s Erzgebirgesches Spielzeugmuseum (Ore Mountain Toy Museum), home to one of Germany’s largest and most impressive folk art collections. A mile away, the Toy Museum also operates Erzgebirgesches Freilichtmuseum, an open-air museum that features nearly a dozen 18th- and 19th-century cottages, including a toymaker’s house and a miner’s residence. Carefully preserved and outfitted with period furnishings, the structures provide compelling glimpses of the simple lives once led by the people of the region. The open-air museum also features one of the country’s last water-turned lathes, dating from 1760. A woodworker is generally on hand to demonstrate how lathes were used to hand turn wood into traditional Ore Mountain toys like the nutcracker. If the weather is fair, join local villagers and head off on a hike along the well-tended footpaths that connect Seiffen to neighboring towns. In winter, when the paths become excellent cross-country skiing trails, ski gear can be rented from village shops and hotels.

Accommodations in the region are plentiful and many hotels have undergone full renovations in the past few years. Expect to pay somewhere between $70 and $100 for a double room with bath and breakfast. Although restaurant cuisine can prove lackluster, hotel breakfast buffets are wonders to behold, offering a wide variety of fresh rolls and breads, sliced meats, cheeses, soft-boiled eggs, yogurt, granola, and fresh fruit.

While English is not yet spoken widely in the Ore Mountains, Americans will find the region’s inhabitants friendly and accommodating. Indeed, most townspeople will go out of their way to help visitors create memories as precious as the treasures they inevitably bring home.