The chances are, especially if you are a smoker that you will have heard of the electronic cigarette (or e cigarette) by now. However, as the popularity of the product undoubtedly increases, there still remains much confusion as to what this electronic device is and does.
The questions considered in the title, officially at least, remain largely unanswered, but we can have a look at some of the things that are known about e cigarettes and the industry that surrounds them.
The electronic cigarette has been in existence since around 2003, although it wasn’t until about 2008 that these things really started garnering some significant mainstream attention. During the next couple of years the e cig really took off, with more and more online distributors of the product appearing.
Despite its rapid rise in popularity, the electric cigarette has had far from an easy or comfortable ride, with many obstacles still to face in the future. A whole host of legal conflicts have been fought, some won, and some lost as the battle for a determining product status has ensued. What is the electronic cigarette? How can it be classified? How can it be marketed? Is it safe? Again, many of the answers to these questions remain in limbo.
Initially, many distributors were marketing the e cig as a method to quit smoking and a healthier and safer method of smoking than tobacco cigarettes. There is no ‘ignition’ with an electronic cigarette and therefore no burning and no smoke. Additionally most e cigarettes don’t contain any actual tobacco, so it is easy to see how these “safer smoking” claims originated. A smokeless, tobacco free cigarette!
Health authorities and local and national governments stepped in and disputed the claims and protested that as yet, the product had not been through enough testing to substantiate any of them, and they had a point. After all, the e cigarette still contained (in most cases) nicotine (in liquid form), which is of course highly addictive and in its raw form, actually poisonous. This was never going to be a smooth ride for distributors.
So, where does this leave the whole debate now? Do smokers have a genuine alternative to tobacco smoking on the market and is there a future for e cigarettes?
Well, in December of 2010, the Hollywood movie, “The Tourist” saw Johnny Depp sitting, opposite Angelina Jolie, on a “no smoking” train “vaping” away on an electronic cigarette. Earlier in the year, actress Katherine Heigl and David Letterman shared a well publicised e cig moment on the Late Show. Despite the many legal hurdles that still need to be negotiated, it seems the people that this could mean the most to, smokers, are making their own decisions.
I have spoken to many people and read many other stories of smokers who have turned to the electronic cigarette as an alternative to tobacco cigarettes and who believe that it has made huge differences and improvements in their lives. Some haven’t touched another traditional cigarette since they made the switch. Many e cig users also claim that this alternative smoking method is actually significantly cheaper (in the long term) than smoking tobacco cigarettes.
My dad died from a passive smoking related lung cancer, and I wonder if e cigarettes had been around and accepted 30 or 40 years ago, might it have made a difference for him? None of that dirty old, second hand smoke to breathe in. One wonders and only time will provide these answers, provided the e cig is actually given that time.
While we wait for official word on the future of electronic cigarettes, people are making their own decisions. With Hollywood also seeming to embrace the product, is it just a matter of time before e cigarettes replace the old ‘analog’ cigarettes and change the future of the tobacco industry and of smoking forever?
With the advent of Internet and the information technology, a host of new avenues and opportunities for online business and employment has been thrown open over the internet. Even the people, who earn regular income, those having well paid jobs and those doing offline business, have chosen these as their secondary and supplementary method of earning money.
Though these online opportunities are many, the most easy, reliable and rewarding are listed below.
1. Article marketing: Suitable for those who have a flavor for skillful writing of articles that makes interesting reading on any subject. Here you can promote your own business also. The popular site to market your articles is EzineArticles.
2. Blogging: These are actually spaces of website templates available freely for writing rich contents about the topic in which you are a specialist. The blogs which provide good and original ideas always attract more readers or traffic to them. This strength of the blogs can used to market your own merchandise or sell the space for placing the Ads of other people. But the products which are relevant to the blog contents make a good sale conversion. Blogger, WordPress, Squidoo are a few to name in this category.
3. Paid Surveys: Take part in surveys when you receive the emails from the sponsoring sites. The earnings accrue as you participate in the surveys and the payment will be made once a minimum amount is reached. Some sample sites are Getpaidsurveys, Globaltestmarket, etc…
4. Data entry: refers to the work of keying in the data provided as per the format and needs of the employer. Generally, the past experience and performance record are considered by the employer before awarding the work. Freelancer and Elance are the sites generally preferred for data entry works.
5. Email Reading: Here you have to open the emails and click and open the website links listed therein. Examples for this are ” emailreadingjobs” and “surveyspaysu “.
6. Mail order business: For selling the products based on the mail orders received in response to your Ad in the internet. Care should be taken to choose the good selling product and manage the logistics and time so as to attract more orders and multiply the income.
7. Product review: You get paid for writing the review about a product. Usually, an unbiased and crisp review makes the buck. Sites “Sponsoredreviews” and “Reviewme” are examples for this category.
8. Affiliate Marketing: Earn a share of the commission or fee through making sales of the products or services of your principal who might be the manufacturer or trader or service provider. This is the best method if you own websites or blogs. Such sales can be secured from Online and offline techniques like the placement of relevant ads in Free or Paid classifieds, personal contacts of friends and relatives and the local business places. The persons conducting these marketing are called as Affiliates or Associates of the concerned sites. The known retail stores like Amazon, eBay, ClickBank offer these online opportunities.
9. EBook publishing: Earn royalties through online publishing of the books written by you. Many sites like Amazon, Lulu offer the easy self-publishing facilities free of cost or at a nominal cost. In addition, these sites take care of marketing, sales and other services including payment at their store and through their associate or partnership firms.
10. Typing works: Both online and offline works can be sourced from many sites. One such site is”Jobjungle”.
You can have a mix of all these to maximize your earnings from the online opportunities.
Before enrolling for these online opportunities, please ensure that you
1) Read and understand the rules and regulations of the concerned site.
2) Have an email account to receive the user Ids and a valid Bank account to receive the payment of earnings made.
3) Choose the work programs which suit your skill, experience and convenience.
The three common mistakes made when signing up for these online opportunities are:
1) Joining too many programs in the hope of getting faster bucks. Actually, you would end up in spending more time and earning less money. There is a very big possibility of you earning much more if you stick to a group of selected programs.
2) Opportunity lost is a cost as you are unable to take full advantage of the other higher earnings opportunities such as submitting entry to online contests and other competitions.
3) Joining the unreliable sites as characterized by their brief internet presence.
Something interesting happens every time I teach Shakespeare’s Sonnet 129. I’m reasonably certain the term “sex addiction” didn’t exist in his day – and neither did 12 step groups for it, with Elizabethans turning up in their flamboyant garb – but that doesn’t mean that the problem, and its attendant degradations, didn’t exist. Just ask Shakespeare about his Dark Lady.***
The expense of spirit in a waste of shame
Is lust in action; and till action, lust
Is perjured, murderous, bloody, full of blame,
Savage, extreme, rude, cruel, not to trust,
Enjoy’d no sooner but despised straight,
Past reason hunted, and no sooner had
Past reason hated, as a swallow’d bait
On purpose laid to make the taker mad;
Mad in pursuit and in possession so;
Had, having, and in quest to have, extreme;
A bliss in proof, and proved, a very woe;
Before, a joy proposed; behind, a dream.
All this the world well knows; yet none knows well
To shun the heaven that leads men to this hell.
Why am I thinking about sonnet 129? Shakespeare’s sonnets beg for interpretation, and it’s not just because they are formal masterpieces that we should, as intelligent folk, feel compelled to dissect for dissection’s sake. No, there’s more to them than that. His sonnets are relevant today and I’m going to show you why.
A few years ago, I came across an hour long documentary made about Vancouver’s notorious downtown eastside. The area has been ravaged by an influx of drugs and its victims, earning it a reputation for being something of an elephants’ graveyard: it’s where addicts go to die. The film was called Through a Blue Lens and was shot, mostly, by two beat cops who wanted to portray the lives of the addicts living there. It’s not a warm and fuzzy film about drug addiction, but it’s not condemnatory either. Here’s an excerpt:
The plight of those living in that part of Vancouver became a minor cause célèbre in 1999, in part because The Globe and Mail published a photo essay of its denizens that left a lot of Canadians gasping. It made us aware, in a none-too-gentle way, that we had inner city problems just as bad as some cities south of the border. Vancouver’s port is a gateway for the drug trade and it seems at least some of these drugs don’t travel far: they form the lifeblood of those immiserated souls living in the downtown area.
So why look at Canada’s Skid Row when we’re talking about Shakespeare? It’s because his definition of addiction is one of the best I’ve ever read. It’s relevant today and that’s because when addicts talk about their suffering, they report (albeit less eloquently) many of the same things. And when I say things, I mean they report having many of the same feelings and experiences described by Shakespeare. Those haunting sounds of agony — the addict’s anguish — are distilled, painfully and thoroughly, in this poem.
The expense of spirit in a waste of shame
Shakespeare believes we forfeit our spirit – our soul – when we engage in addictive behaviour. The expense, or the price of the addiction, is paid with it. Waste here is used literally (implying that lives are wasted by addiction) and also symbolically to denote a place. This double meaning is made obvious by the use of the preposition in, as “in” a waste of shame. Waste as a place bookends neatly with that other inferno, hell, mentioned in the closing couplet.
Lust is Shakespeare’s drug of choice and the belief is that it was aimed at the infamous Dark Lady, that promiscuous creature that had Shakespeare, and others, utterly intoxicated.
The expense of spirit in a waste of shame
Is lust in action; and till action, lust
Is perjured, murderous, bloody, full of blame,
Savage, extreme, rude, cruel, not to trust
What are the signs of Shakespeare’s enslavement? The form of a sonnet is strictly prescribed: it is made up of three quatrains — three groups of four lines — and a closing couplet. The rhyme scheme tends to alternate lines, meaning the first line rhymes with the third, the second with the fourth, etc. The lines are usually made up of phrases that go towards forming sentences. However, in this quatrain, the last half is simply a list of adjectives or adjective phrases, enumerating Shakespeare’s agonies. And these agonies are stated strongly, with words like murderous, bloody, savage and extreme.
This is a man in the throes of an obsession, an obsession that won’t even allow him to form coherent thoughts; instead he spits out a list of adjectives to convey his feelings. Shakespeare the wordsmith created this list for a reason. It’s there to denote a burst of feeling that can’t be contained.
But does this fury of Shakespeare’s capture the state of those sad and emaciated souls wandering the downtown eastside? I would argue it does and the key word here is shame. Ask any active addict how they feel about their life and you are bound to discover, underneath the anger and street braggadocio, a deep and murky well of it. That shame is what keeps them using; it’s what keeps them from wanting to feel.
After Shakespeare establishes his narrative voice, he turns to the cyclical nature of his malady. In the second quatrain, he states:
Enjoy’d no sooner but despised straight,
Past reason hunted, and no sooner had
Past reason hated, as a swallow’d bait
On purpose laid to make the taker mad;
Here we see the structural and thematic rendering of the cycle of addiction. Let me translate: the addict no sooner enjoys (uses) her drug when she starts to despise its consequences straight (right away). However, beyond all reason she continues to hunt for it, and again, as soon as she consumes it, she hates it beyond all reason because she can’t stop. Then Shakespeare expands the subtle animal imagery and lays blame on suppliers and enablers. Her drug is like a trap laid on purpose and it makes her, the taker, mad. Mad here is being used in the British sense of the word, meaning insane.
It’s usually at this point in my class that I stop and ask students to think of an activity, any activity, they do to excess. Do they spend too much time online? Eat too much of the wrong kind of food? Text incessantly? And it’s also here that I tell them my own little story of addiction, the one that had me frequently rushing to the neighbourhood corner store, in Toronto, when I was a student.
I had an addiction and it was to Swedish Berries, those soft red candies that taste heavenly but are of no nutritional value whatever. These darlings came in handy at midnight when I had an essay to finish and needed a sugar boost. However, the problem was that I didn’t know when to stop. The store sold them in bulk and I didn’t have the discipline to buy only a few. My reasoning, as I stood in front of that bin and ladled in scoop after scoop, was that I would save some for later.
So I would eat them until I felt sick and this process, over the last two years of my undergrad degree, repeated itself more times than I care to remember. But it was the sequence of events in this process that was important. I would come to the realization it was late. I knew I had to keep working but didn’t want coffee. Then I would think: Hey! Swedish Berries! Great idea! And I would haul myself off to the store, come back and eat way too many of them. Only afterwards would I say to myself: “Did I really have to scarf down that whole bag?” Or: “Good idea? What was I thinking?”
So too goes the cycle of addiction: there is the chase, the consummation and the aftermath. In other words, the anticipation, the imbibing and the remorse. This cycle will be expanded upon in the next quatrain.
Mad in pursuit and in possession so;
Had, having, and in quest to have, extreme;
A bliss in proof, and proved, a very woe;
Before, a joy proposed; behind, a dream.
The first quatrain establishes, through the use of enumeration, Shakespeare’s lo
ss of control. The second establishes the cyclical nature of his addiction. This last is significant because it does not provide new information. However, it does repeat the three part cycle and repetition in Shakespeare is always significant: he uses it to let us know we need to pay attention. Here we are told, again and with more emphasis, that an addict is mad while chasing the drug and mad while consuming it. And of course it is that madness — that inability to reason — that starts the cycle all over again.
But take a look at the second line. Shakespeare reverses the order of the cycle: he starts with the aftermath: had, moves to the consummation: having, and then moves to the first stage of the cycle, the chase: in quest to have. He does this to create the impression of a back-and-forth motion: the addict moves forward and backward, forward and backward, ad infinitum. Why? Because that’s what happens when one becomes addicted: life stalls.
At the start of this article, I said something interesting happens every time I teach this sonnet. Here it is: after I read it out loud, I tell my students to look closely at the panhandlers, especially the young ones, when they pass through the Atwater metro, the metro that services Dawson. I almost always get the same reaction: the class goes silent, the flow of air in the room stops, and these young people, with their futures ahead of them, pay closer attention. This suffering, rendered so poetically by Shakespeare, is only steps away.
And it happens elsewhere. When I drive home, I stop at a busy intersection leading onto the highway. That’s where I often see a young woman, her blonde hair in dreadlocks, holding up a sign asking for spare change. I always give her some and now she knows to come to me. If the traffic light permits, we may even exchange a few words.
I’ve been criticized for doing this — “she’ll just spend the money on drugs” is what I hear — but I don’t know what else to do. I don’t know how we can stop people from “committing suicide on the installment plan,” as a good friend of mine puts it.
Shakespeare didn’t know either, but luckily for us, that didn’t stop him from looking deeply into that darkness and writing about it anyway.
***I will be, for the sake of brevity and compression, be referring to the narrator as Shakespeare.
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These days, technological and medicinal advancements have made many different cosmetic dental procedures possible. These procedures give patients a better-looking smile overall and can help to improve their self confidence as well. So if you are unhappy with the current state of your teeth, you may want to consider speaking with your dentist about the possibility of having one or more of the following common cosmetic dental procedures performed.
The most common type of cosmetic dental procedure that people get done involves whitening of the teeth. There are different specific procedures offered to achieve this goal, ranging from traditional tooth bleaching to newer laser whitening techniques. The effects of teeth whitening can last anywhere from a couple of years to decades, depending on how well the patient takes care of their teeth following the procedure. However, it is not uncommon for patients to return for further whitening procedures to get their teeth looking their absolute whitest.
Another common type of cosmetic dental procedure involves that of reshaping teeth. This is specifically common in situations where dental trauma has occurred. For example, a patient may seek teeth reshaping after being hit in the mouth, perhaps while playing a sport, and suffering from a chipped tooth. In many cases, a dentist can use special tools to file the tooth down or to otherwise reshape it so that it looks as normal as possible. In addition, having this procedure done reduces the chance of further injury, as chipped teeth can be dangerously sharp and lead to cuts and other mouth injuries.
Another common procedure that is similar to reshaping is known as bonding. This is often done as a way of replacing pieces of teeth that has been lost from chipping or gradual wear. In bonding, a dentist uses a special composite that resembles enamel and applies it to the surface of the afflicted tooth. Once it dries and hardens, the new enamel blends in with the existing tooth and gives it the correct shape and overall appearance.
The placement of veneers is also a very common cosmetic dental procedure. These are often done as a last resort, such as when a tooth will simply not take to teeth whitening procedures or the damage to a tooth is too severe to use bonding enamel or reshaping techniques. Veneers are a bit more of an involved dental procedure, as they involve inserting custom-made porcelain duplicates of teeth. These are adhered directly to an existing tooth, but it is usually necessary to file down the existing tooth almost entirely. Individual veneers are common, though people who have severe tooth decay or other problems may end up with several veneers.
Above are some of the most common cosmetic dental procedures these days. If any of these sound appealing to you, then you should speak with your dentist to find out whether you would be a good candidate for the particular procedure that you are considering. From there, you can take the next steps needed to achieve your ideal smile!
In a recent survey it was found that most cocaine addicts are working with reputed organizations at a fine post. Statistics also reveal that employees working in MNCs are more likely to try drugs like cocaine and heroin some time in their career as compared to students and professionals working in smaller offices. Most MNCs have therefore come up with their own drug and alcohol testing policies as per the OHS system.
Not only does this policy help in identifying drug abusers in the organization but also helps in keeping the employees away from drugs. The mere fear of being caught can cause an employee to steer clear of drugs like heroin and cocaine. 10 panel drug tests in workplaces has also helped a lot of people to get rid of their addiction problem. A workplace drug testing program helps the employers to understand the loopholes in the organization as well. The employee is of course sent to a rehab or a detox center in order to get proper treatment.
The Evils of Drugs
Excessive intake of drugs or frequent drug abuse can lead to addiction and once a person is hooked to a certain drug, he can cause some serious troubles for himself and the people around him. As far as the official point of view is concerned, a drug addict is no asset to the company because of the following reasons:
1. A drug addict is extremely careless with his work and is less likely to do it right
2. An employee hooked to drugs would have trouble taking quick decisions
3. A drug addict experiences severe drops in concentration levels
4. Shift in focus and craving for the drug at work can also lead to poor efficiency
5. If an employee comes to the office stoned, his behavior would not be proper to his colleagues and fellow employees
6. Some one who is addicted to drugs does not go unnoticed and can end up spoiling the name of the organization as a whole
7. An addict can cause people around him to fall into the world of addiction as well
There are a number of health related risks related to drug abuse as well. A drug like cocaine can destroy almost every organ in the human body and an overdose can even lead to death. Psychological problems like nervous breakdowns and extreme depression are common among drug addicts.
The worst part about drug addiction is that even when an addict knows that he is as depressed as he can ever be, he shows no intents of coming out of his addiction. Drugs have a firm grip on addicts and therefore treating a drug addict is a lengthy and tough task.
In MNCs and various other companies, drug and alcohol testing is a monthly affair. Drug and alcohol testing is also important in order for the employers to make sure that they are offering a safe and healthy work environment to the employees. In most offices a 10 panel drug test is conducted in order to make sure that the employees are not on drugs.
Support networks must be made a critical component of an addict’s recovery plan in order to prevent relapse and maintain and improve emotional, mental and spiritual health. Recovering addicts that do not have a support network often become depressed, withdraw from social interactions and eventually return to using drugs in order to self-medicate their emotional pain. Consequently, understanding how support networks can benefit a recovery program and what types of networks are available is essential for people who are battling the disease of addiction or alcoholism.
Support Networks: Why They Work
There are 8 primary reasons why support networks are crucial for people in recovery:
The power of fellowship is felt in nearly all groups that gather for a specific purpose; especially groups with powerful missions like those dedicated to the recovery of addicts and alcoholics. Humans are innately social creatures that need to be around other people that share the same goals and interests. And while there might not yet be enough scientific evidence to prove it, for hundreds and perhaps thousands of years mankind has recognized the power of fellowship; it’s a call that all humans respond to and this may be even truer for addicts that need to know they are not alone in their struggle.
2.) Friendly Observation
People in recovery sometimes struggle with issues of honesty regarding their desire to use or their actual drug use despite recovery efforts. Having a strong recovery-based support network serves as a safety net in this regard, as people within the group can recognize issues and signs of relapse or impending relapse among others in the group. In this way people can “keep an eye on each other.”
3.) Environment of Understanding
People in the general public often find it difficult or impossible to understand the true nature of the disease of addiction and fail to recognize how powerful it really is. By creating a recovery support network, an addict or alcoholic can ensure that the people they surround themselves with understand addiction and will therefore be less likely to judge, admonish or “feel sorry” for others that they know have a legitimate, neurological disease that requires a daily effort to overcome.
4.) The Power of Sharing
There is a great deal of power in sharing and we see this in many different ways in society, from the individual talking to a therapist, to those who take part in groups and organizations, to people who open up to their barber or stylist, we clearly see that sharing helps people. Sharing can relieve stress, create stronger relationships and allow people to “let go” of emotional and other pain that they otherwise would allow to fester and grow. And according to Dr. Barton Goldsmith, sharing with others helps give us new perspective;
“There will always be problems in our lives, but sometimes we don’t have the capacity to handle them all by ourselves. Getting a 360-degree view is impossible when all you can see is what’s going wrong. And talking with another person can give you perspective.” (Goldsmith, Barton, Ph.D. Talk About Your Problems, Please Psychology Today March 3, 2011)
When an addict has an “emergency”, it often means they are about to relapse. For some, this could prove fatal, so prompt action is required. Addicts that have good support networks are able to rely on people within them to come to their aid in the event that they feel drug use or a return to drinking is imminent. Additionally, a person in recovery may be empowered and enlightened when another addict asks them for help when they feel like using.
The confidence that a strong recovery-oriented support network can provide is significant. Many addicts report that just knowing there are people that they can talk to and others who are like them that they can turn to in the event of trouble makes it much easier to deal with the daily problems that often stress addicts and alcoholics out. When it comes to relapse prevention, confidence is one of the most critical components of recovery stability.
7.) Education and Resources
The more people an addict has in their networks, the more likely it is that new and useful information will be passed among the various members. And the more education and resources an addict has access to, the more likely it is that they will acquire the right combination of knowledge and tools not only to stay clean for life, but to help others do so as well.
Being part of a recovery-oriented network doesn’t mean that there’s no fun or entertainment involved. People in recovery can still do all of the fun things they want to do, provided others in the group want to participate. Fortunately there are many recovery-sensitive groups and organizations that arrange outings, events and so on in order to provide clean entertainment for its members. Remember; it’s as important to share a laugh with your networks as it is to share emotional pain.
Types/Components of Support Networks
Each addict’s complete support network structure is unique. Some addicts consciously build their support groups, while others are unsure of what groups and networks exist, how to join and what the benefits are. The following are 11 different components that in whole or in part make up the support networks of many people in recovery:
1.) 12 Step Programs
Groups like AA (Alcoholics Anonymous) and NA (Narcotics Anonymous) have provided the fellowship and support necessary to help thousands of people maintain their recovery, “one day at a time.” Both groups are founded on the principle of the discussion and sharing of experiences, usually pre-empted by the humbling statement of;
“Hi, my name is so-and-so, and I’m an addict.”
Many rehab centers and drug treatment programs use 12 Step programs as a basis for the continued recovery program of their patients upon graduation. While these groups are not for everyone, they are convenient in that they can be found in virtually every area of the country.
2.) Recovery-Specific Groups
Recovery specific groups are those that gather for a particular purpose or activity in order to have clean fun together. Often there isn’t any structure to the groups in the sense of recovery-oriented dialogue or practices- in most cases these groups are just people trying to live normal lives but who all happen to be in recovery. Examples of recovery-oriented groups include the infamous 5th Chapter motorcycle club and Young People in Recovery.
3.) Connections Made During Treatment
When addicts complete drug or alcohol treatment together, they often form lasting bonds that become a key part of their support system. Of course, these relationships should only be maintained if they are healthy. These can be especially powerful relationships because the parties are essentially on the same “level,” and are likely going through similar experiences related to post acute withdrawal, issues re-integrating with society, etc.
4.) Recovery Forums and Websites
Recovery forums and websites provide an additional opportunity to develop relationships, discuss issues, share experiences, collaborate, meet and take part in activities together and much more. Forums are also an excellent way to gather information and resources and to easily develop a support system that might not be available in certain areas- especially very small cities and towns.
5.) Family & Friends
Family and friends that support the addict’s recovery are possibly the most important part of a strong support system. From old friends that bring understanding, history and loyalty to new friends that have been acquired along the path to recovery, often these individuals can provide more emotional support than others. The same is true of family members, but people in recovery must beware to limit relationships with family members that were enablers or those who do not suppo
rt or take addiction recovery seriously. In many cases relationships with family members are cited as the cause of substance abuse, so it’s important to choose the family and friends that are permitted into a support network carefully and honestly.
6.) Spiritual & Religious Groups
Even if you don’t take part in organized religion, there are often groups within groups among these types of organizations. For instance, AA and NA 12 Step meetings are often held at churches or other spiritual gathering places. In fact, some religious groups sponsor these programs because their ideals are largely aligned.
7.) Rehab Alumni Associations
For addicts that attended and completed a rehab program, there may be an opportunity to join an alumni association for that particular treatment center. This is an excellent way to stay connected to the people who were influential in the early part of a person’s recovery, and to meet new people who are also living a life free from drugs or alcohol, one day at a time.
8.) Community Outreach Programs
Many communities have outreach programs for the disadvantaged, and this can include drug addicts in some cases. Programs can be as simple as the provision of a place to gather and meet, or it can include funding for specialized treatment, groups, therapy and other benefits. In order to find out if your community offers such programs, your town or city hall is an excellent place to start.
9.) Healthcare Professionals
Therapists, doctors, nurses, dieticians, massage therapists, chiropractors and many other types of healthcare professional play a central role in the support network of addicts and alcoholics in recovery. In fact, most people in recovery probably underutilize this source and fail to recognize the benefits. However, this group is likely one of the most important parts of a recovery support system considering that these professionals help to maintain the physical, mental and emotional health of an individual. Consequently it’s vital that people in recovery are open and honest with their healthcare professionals and alert them to any issues that could indicate a relapse is imminent.
10.) School/Educational Resources
If you’re a student, it’s likely that your school or university has special programs available for people who struggle with substance abuse and addiction. These programs could consist of therapy or counseling, the hosting of recovery-related groups, resources to get outside help and possibly funding for treatment. Additionally, other students may become part of a support network, as they are almost certainly experiencing the same stresses and issues related to schooling, social pressures and so on.
11.) Volunteer Organizations
By volunteering for any number of a wide range of organizations, people in recovery can help to give back what was given to them in the way of compassion, understanding, advice, resources, financial assistance, etc. But perhaps even more importantly, the interactions between other volunteers and organizers can blossom into significant meaningful relationships that can one day become a key part of a healthy support system.
If you’re an addict or alcoholic in recovery and you don’t have a support network, it’s imperative that you take action now and get involved. You can start with a simple search in Google for recovery related forums, or you can check the Yellow Pages for the nearest AA or NA meeting. Remember; if you go to the same lengths to stay clean as you once did to use, you’ll very quickly develop a strong network of link-minded, recovery-oriented people that will offer a mutually beneficial way to keep fighting the good fight, one day at a time.
One of the most effective ways to get more jobs is to simply show people that you are an expert and that you know what you are talking about. This part usually happens during an estimate. People sense whether you know what you are doing or not.
When I first started my painting business I wasn’t hindered much by my lack of experience. But then I didn’t charge much back then either. But if you want to make some serious cash this year as a professional painter you will need to get some specialized knowledge as quickly as possible in all areas of your business – painting application, estimating and most importantly, advertising.
Bidding on smaller $300 – $500 paint jobs or anything under $1,000 is something any painter can get because the customer knows you are small potatoes. But if you are doing a larger bid for say, $5,000, $8,000 or higher, you must be able to convince the prospective customer that you know what you are doing and that you can handle the work.
You must also be able to justify the price as well. All this takes experience and knowledge. And having the right knowledge can compensate for experience as long as you actually do good work.
Also, customers want to deal with someone who is knowledgeable about the product or service they want to buy. Everyone when they are buying something wants to deal with someone who knows what they are talking about. They want to deal with that salesman on the floor who knows his merchandise. Whether it is a new appliance, a big screen TV etc.
This is also true when it comes to someone wanting to get an expensive paint job in or on their home or place of business. One of the very best and most effective ways to gain customer trust and get more painting business is to be able to answer a prospect’s questions intelligently. To do that you need knowledge and experience. Now knowledge is a whole lot cheaper to get that experience. Experience takes way too long to achieve. So getting the right knowledge is a far better, faster and surer way to gain customer confidence.
Again, your knowledge and experience as a house painter automatically shows through when you know what you are doing and when you know what you are talking about during an estimate. This gives homeowners and companies confidence in doing business with you. The old saying “fake it until you make it” doesn’t always work as well as getting specialized knowledge and information from other professional painters. And getting it as much as possible when first starting your new business.
Experience is nice to have but it also carries a big price tag called “time” – something all of us don’t have enough of. This is why getting as much of the right specialized knowledge as possible can catapult your business forward quickly and profitably as well. Specialized knowledge in painting, estimating and advertising makes for a rock-solid business. And it will help your painting business to grow faster.
Short term loans help people lessen their immediate money troubles, because of increasing everyday expenses and no sufficient income to meet the requirements. These loans by and large come in a shape of payday loans, in that you can obtain immediate cash with the settlement time between two and three weeks. Lots of lenders in Australia offer their service online that let you submit an application for the finance, 24 hours a day and 7 days a week.
If you need fast money, then a caveat loan, short term loan or bridging finance from any Australian finance Centre can help.
Fundamentally, caveat loans are all about when lenders offer the borrower fast money, in return for their property as defense for the finance.
The submission of applications for these loans is extremely quick, and it is likely to be short term from approximately one month to four months. Usually the borrower can get the money inside 24 hours after the request has been launched, and in the majority of cases, having a bad credit documentation does not have an effect on your possibility of successfully achieving it. In other words, these loans are finance for property.
The reason caveat loans are provided for assets is since the borrower have to secure an asset against it, and the majority of the time, the assets consists of realty properties or vehicles, as other kinds of assets are usually not acknowledged to be a defense for such loans.
By explanation, Bridging Finance is a short-term loan used to buy business property.
This is something that can come in very helpful, conditional on your particular circumstances. There are two major points that you need to think about before you choose a Bridging Finance package, your wants and the condition of the property market.
One of the main benefits of Bridging Finance is that it will let you close on a property and buy a new property before you get rid of your existing one. You will need to assess your present situation to decide if your wants give good reason for taking on this sort of finance.
Paying off your Bridging Loan at the ending of the term usually depends on your capacity to sell your existing property. If it is not sold in the obligatory time, then you will have to pay the existing loan on your present property, your new property and the newly transformed Bridge Finance, too. If you think that this might be the likelihood then be sure to take a package that can be changed to business Loans if the need comes up. Or else, you might have to come up with the complete finance amount at the conclusion of the funding time.
Dental devices make up a huge market in the US and the rest of the world. The size of the global market for dental devices was pegged at around $4.5 b for 2011. Dental devices are generally used for dental prosthesis like dentures. They are also used to support soft and hard tissues surrounding the oral cavity, which has to be custom made for every individual to replace missing teeth.Dental devices also include dental chairs, hand pieces, CAD/CAM systems, scaling units, instrument delivery systems, dental lasers, intra oral and extra oral radiology equipment, and CBCT scanners.
There is a growing concern is that dentists and their patients may be using outsourced products without even being aware of it. Such ignorance can often lead to the use of substandard products that can adversely affect the health of Americans.
Dental offices often send work order to the closest dental work laboratory, known for quality. Some of these laboratories outsource the work to overseas and restrict themselves to administrative duties. The imported product is checked by their skeleton staff for quality and minor adjustments are undertaken in-house. After relabeling and repackaging, the dental prosthesis finally ends up at the dental offices.
Cost vs Quality
Dental prosthesis is often outsourced due to low cost of the overseas product. They are cheaper by 33 to 50% than comparable American dental prosthesis. Dentists often use outsourced dental prosthesis on patients who negotiate for a better price and on those who do not have any dental insurance. New dentists are also known to use outsourced dental prosthesis, when they first start their practice, for financial reasons. The quality including material and fixture of the outsourced dental prosthesis is likely to degrade to harmful levels as cost becomes the only criteria for outsourced products.
One of the major concerns is the presence of lead in outsourced dental prosthesis. Lead is a hazardous substance for adults and has serious health risks for growing youngsters. Lead poisoning is often not discovered until irreversible damage has taken place and is usually due to exposure from swallowing or breathing lead particles.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) requires laboratories, which outsource dental work to overseas, to give information related to outsourcing to the dentists. In reality, dentists obtain such information only upon request and the obtained information is usually not passed to the patient as it is not mandatory.
The FDA also oversees imported medical devices or devices that are relabeled, repackaged or manufactured. All medical devices with problems need to be reported but adverse reactions surrounding medical devices are rarely reported.
Therefore, the National Association for Dental Laboratories (NADL) is concerned about the public’s safety and wants all laboratories dealing with dental work to:
1.Register with a state agency
2. Have at least one Certified Dental Technician (CDT)
3.Use FDA approved materials
4.Disclose materials used in dental prosthesis
5.Disclose the point of origin of manufacture
So you’re looking to learn about MCA advertising? First lets learn what MCA is. The company is Motor Club Of America. They have been in business since 1926. They are a Motor club and travel organization serving The United States and Canada. Providing Roadside Assistance and Discounts on Vision, Dental, Pharmaceuticals, Rental Cars, and Hotels. You can also sign up as an affiliate and make money with MCA.
The following is how you make money with MCA. You sign up for one of their packages which start out at $19.95 a month. You then sign up for free to be an affiliate. All affiliates are given a website to promote. Each time someone goes to your website and signs up for one of their packages, they pay you an $80 commission!
As you can see, this is a great opportunity to make a lot of money. The problem is that just using the website alone is not an effective way to make money with MCA. The key to MCA advertising is to have a good system that does the selling for you. It needs to have a good capture page with videos that explain the company and compensation plan for you, as well as a good auto responder. There are a few systems that you can get for free.
When you have a good free system for MCA, you can just concentrate on advertising your capture page link. You never have to explain the benefits packages to anyone or how you make money with MCA. The system does all of that for you. This saves you a lot of time since all of the telling, selling and showing is done for you.
There are many forms of MCA advertising. Most beginners start out by placing ads on free classified websites. This method is alright and can bring you sales but you have to post a lot of ads (50-100) each day, to see any results. This can be very time consuming. There are much easier ways to make money with MCA. Once such way is solo ads. These are ads that are placed in a work from home newsletter that has thousands of subscribers that are interested in internet marketing opportunities. This is a very targeted form of advertising that brings great results.
Pay Per Click (PPC) are great MCA advertising methods as well. You place a small advertisement that will show up on the side of their search engine page only when someone is searching for something related to MCA, internet marketing or what ever keywords you choose.
As you can see, you can make money with Motor Club of America. The advertising methods mentioned are very effective. There are many other forms of MCA advertising that work as well. In order for you to be successful with any of them, you will need a good free system.
Finding an over the counter acne scar removal product can be difficult. It can become a challenge to pick a product that will actually remove acne scars. You have to weed through the bad which can be a difficult task. If you go to your local popular chain store, they often have a small selection to choose from.
Top it off with not knowing what to look for, and you could most likely waste quite a bit of money and perhaps even give up on finding a product that will actually work for you. Fortunately, you can conveniently search online for acne scar removal products and browse the user reviews in order to get a better understanding if the product is likely to give you the results you are looking for.
Popular acne cream removal scar products
Not everyone can afford to go to the Dermatologist. Fortunately, you can easily find great over the counter acne scar products online without the hassle and expense of the doctor’s office. Add the affordability and convenience of being able to research the products beforehand and there are no more excuses as to why you cannot rid yourself of those bothersome acne scars.
The dangers of drink-driving, sometimes referred to as dui or dwi, have become much more obvious in recent times, as well as being socially unacceptable, have become a major concern for motorists and safety campaigners and taken much more seriously by lawmakers and law enforcers.
The seriousness with which courts regard any form of drink-driving is reflected in the severity of potential sentences and the consequences that any form of drink-driving may have on the motorist, passengers and anyone potentially involved in any accident.
The practical side of being caught and convicted to any type of drink driving can result in any or all of the following consequences. There is certainly a likelihood or possibility of being sent to jail. This may be a relatively short time and act, or be meant to act, as a real deterrent to doing it again in the future.
This is normally the case if there is no one else involved and has been no real damage done to any third party. The jail sentence will normally reflect an intent to send a message to the person involved. If the drink-driving has resulted in an accident or damages of a serious nature either to an individual or their property or loss of life, then the jail term may be significantly longer.
If the driver involved has already been convicted of a drink-driving offence in the past, then the courts will take an even harsher view and significantly increase, or the likelihood is they will significantly increase the jail term involved. The motorist involved will almost certainly lose the use of their licence for a significant period of time, quite often up to several years. This has a major impact on their lives, and the lives of their family and people who may be dependent on them having a car.
There is likely to be a significant fine as well, the amount will be dependent on the age of the driver as well as any damage that the driver may have caused. This fine will not be covered under the motorists car insurance policy and will need to be paid by them themselves out of their own pocket. In addition, when they do eventually get their licence back their insurance rates will rocket and they will have to pay a substantial loading on their car insurance policy for a long time afterwards.
In addition to the possibility of being sent to prison, there is also a significant chance that the driver will be sent on some type of alcohol safety awareness program. A court may decide to send the driver to Alcoholics Anonymous meetings, and can potentially order a number of psychiatric tests if they feel that the mental state the driver is sufficiently unstable to warrant it.
Drink-driving levels are something that are a bit of an anachronism in that they are set by lawmakers as being a top threshold at which it is deemed safe to drive having drunk a small amount of alcohol. In truth the only safe amount of alcohol is no alcohol. Many people accidentally drink slightly more than they should do and often are not aware that they are over what is a relatively low limit when they decide to drive a car. It is a much safer approach to this issue either not drink at all if you’re driving, or if you do decide to drink either get someone else to drive you or to use a taxi or a minicab.
Also bear in mind that if you are involved in an accident of any sort, whether it is your fault or not if you have an excess level of alcohol in your bloodstream, then the police and authorities will prosecute and can convict you irrespective of who was at fault or to blame for any accident.