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How A Good Economy Means More Truck Accidents

Dallas, Texas, 07/26/2017 /SubmitPressRelease123/

On the face of it, a good economy should have positive impacts, including more jobs, higher wages and more income for Americans. But studies have found that a good economy may actually be contributing to the higher rate of truck accidents in the U.S. And that is something that could pose a larger threat if the economic outlooks remain to climb.

“It doesn’t seem as if there would be any link between a good economy and truck wrecks,” stated leading Dallas Truck personal injury lawyer Amy Witherite, of 1-800-Truck-Wreck ® . “But if you dig a little deeper, what you’ll find is that as the economy improves, it has the net effect of creating a greater need for commercial trucks to haul more goods, which means a higher likelihood of truck wrecks on the road.”

You may be asking yourself: Why is this so important?

The short answer is that any situation that significantly increases the number of commercial trucks on the road should concern the public because more trucks mean more accidents.

The longer answer is that the Large Truck and Bus Crash Facts for 2015 (the latest report available) published by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) had some alarming numbers.

For example, the report indicated that: “the number of large trucks involved in fatal crashes increased [from 2014 to 2015] by 8 percent, from 3,749 to 4,050, and the large truck involvement rate (large trucks involved in fatal crashes per 100 million miles traveled by large trucks) increased by 8 percent, from 1.34 to 1.45.” (1)

Furthermore, Vehicle Miles Traveled (VMT) by large trucks increased by 0.3 percent from 2014 to 2015.

VMT will rise as more trucks get on the road, and as more trucks get on the road, the chances that they will get involved in wrecks increases.

Southern California As a Test Case

This has become evident in Southern California, home to the Los Angeles-to-Long Beach route that ranks as one of the most active port complexes in the U.S.

Per 89.3 KPCC, the scorching-hot economy has acted as a tide that lifts all boats, including the commercial trucking industry: (2)

“The number of trucks on the road has only increased as the economy has recovered, and after falling sharply during the recession, truck-involved crashes have been rising. They have also jumped as a share of all crashes on the road.”

In fact, just eight years ago, truck wrecks were at an all-time low, accounting for only 4.8 percent of all accidents in California.

But that number jumped to 5.6 percent by 2014, with more than 22,000 truck accidents in the state.

More trucks have made an already complex and dangerous driving situation on the highways of Southern California, even more hazardous.

Cars and trucks must share space on roads that are always congested with traffic and major renovations, and unsafe lane changes are one of the biggest contributing factors in accidents involving commercial trucks and passenger vehicles.

Genevieve Giuliano, an Urban Planning Professor at the University of Southern California, and Director of METTRANS Transportation Center identified the surge in the port trade that requires more trucks as a major source of accident risk on the roads.

Big-rig crashes can also exact a huge financial toll

In July of 2013, a gasoline tanker truck moving along the interchange between the 5 freeway and the 2 freeway tunnel in Elysian Valley near downtown Los Angeles, struck a guardrail after a tire failure.

The resulting spill of more than 8,500 gallons of gasoline created a fire that lasted for hours and shut the interchange for a staggering six months as workers made repairs at a price tag of $16.5 million.

Accidents involving large trucks cost states an average of $7 million when medical expenses, emergency services, and property damage, as well as lost wages, are taken into account. In comparison, the average fatal car accident tallies about $1.4 million.

Getting Your Life Back On Track

The psychological, emotional and physical effects of a wreck caused by a truck can last for years. That’s why the team at 1-800-Truck-Wreck ® is most concerned with how to restore your well being and keep your life running after this type of accident.

“I’ve suffered through several car wrecks,” stated Amy Witherite. “So I know how everything afterward can feel as if you’re in slow-motion, and that’s because everything in your life comes to a crashing halt. Let us take that burden off your shoulders and help get you back on your feet. We can do little things like making sure you get to your doctor or providing you with financial help until your settlement arrives.”

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5 Tips To Recovering A Good Night Sleep

New Jersey, 07/26/2017 /SubmitPressRelease123/

Waking up refreshed after a good night sleep is priceless. If you’re in early recovery, you know (more than anyone else) exactly what I mean. Maybe a mother to a newborn child also knows the struggle, but I think we’d agree – it’s different. Your body is still recharging from a rough run and one of the best ways we rally is through rest. Sleep not only restores physical energy but also helps with regulating our emotions and sharpens our critical thinking, amongst other things.

“Nice to know, but I can’t get to sleep,” you might be saying.

Don’t worry, we’ve got some thoughts for that. Here are some quick tidbits that tend to lead into a better relationship with your bed so you can learn how to sleep better and faster. Disclaimer: As with most things in life, consistency is key!

Lay Off the Caffeine

Don’t hate me. Seriously though. One of the first things a physician or clinician is going to ask a person who has trouble with sleep is about caffeine intake. So I’m betting you’ve heard this before, but it’s true. Just think about your general intake of routinely caffeinated products: coffee, energy drinks, tea, energy drinks, soda, energy drinks… Hey, no angels here! I’m drinking a cup of English Breakfast tea while I’m writing this. I’m not trying to say that caffeine is a bad thing, but keep in mind, it will contribute to sleep disturbances.

How long does caffeine affect the body? Experts say that although nearly all caffeine is absorbed in the body within 45 minutes of consumption, its effects can last 4-6 hours (2). Best bet – anything over 4 caffeinated beverages daily may be adding more sheep to your counting queue (and a 20oz Red Bull counts as 2). If you’re looking to conk out by midnight, the last call is 6 PM.

 Get Your Energy Out

Physical activity is essential! Not only is it good to get active and get some endorphins going, but it is a very simple way to help along your physical recovery and use up your body’s energy so that it’s ready for rest. Kind of like feeding two birds with one seed…

Think about your body as an energy generator. It’s self-powered and you fuel it intentionally with food, and indirectly with anxiety, anger, and other strong emotions. (Yes, emotions are energy – but that’s a whole other topic) If you’re not doing anything with that energy by the time you’re looking to sign off for the night, your body may not physically be ready to be still. Insert restless nights here. advises exercise for good sleep at night, however, cautions to keep rigorous routines to earlier hours in the day as evening workout routines might contribute to a restless night (3). So say yes to sweat, just not right before bedtime.

Get outdoors, get your steps in, have an impromptu dance party in your living room for all I care, just do something. If your energy is being used, your body will crave a reset.

Make Your Bedroom a Snooze Only Zone

The unconscious brain does many things that we’re not aware of and one of them is making associations. An association is when we make mental connections between one thing, person, or concept and another. Sleep Hygiene Tip: Make the brain to associate your bedroom with sleep. To help secure this connection, it would be best for you to limit activity in it to the essentials.

Harvard researchers will tell you, the bedroom should be treated as a space of rest and relaxation (3). If you’re lounging around there most of the day, your brain won’t be associating it with sleep. It will be associating your bedroom with everything else you do and will likely result in long periods of thinking – not sleep.

If your living space makes following this tip unlikely, then try dedicating your bed itself as a sacred place of rest. Put in an arm chair for lounging and other activities.

Set a “Ready for Bed” Routine

We are nothing if not creatures of habit. Again, another fun brain fact. Similar to the previous tip, you can train your brain to not only associate your bedroom with sleep but also prepare it by establishing a routine so that it knows rest is coming up on the evening routine checklist.

Everyone has something that works for them. Maybe this is when you journal, sit for a few minutes to meditate, or stretch and do some breathing exercises. The folks over at Harvard also note “Physically and psychologically stressful activities can cause the body to secrete the stress hormone cortisol, which is associated with increasing alertness. If you tend to take your problems to bed, try writing them down—and then putting them aside.” (3).

Limit Your Screen Time at Night

In the world of Netflix, Hulu, and binge-watching random YouTube videos, we could all benefit from putting the technology away for a bit. If you’re having sleep problems, try being screen free (including your phone) for at least one hour before bedtime.

Interesting fact contributed by HuffPost writer Dr. Laurie Hollman, too much light from device screens will interrupt the brain’s production of melatonin, a naturally occurring chemical responsible for bringing on sleep (4). So scientifically speaking, you may be contributing to your own problems.

Give yourself a break from your tech. Your brain won’t be so stimulated and you just might pick up that book sitting on your night stand, talk to your roommate, or play with your pets before getting in some shut-eye.

Never hurts to try. Play around with these tips for two weeks and see how it goes! Give us your feedback and spread the word.

About the Author: Paul Lavella Jr. MA, LPC, LCADC, ACS

Paul shares, “Wellness Based Counseling is a concept very dear to my heart. At the root of it, the counseling relationship is not solely focused on “the problem,” rather how you go about life’s journey in a way that leads you toward feeling and being well. Counseling is not about pathology; it’s about learning what’s not working and figuring out what will.

I am dually Licensed in the State of New Jersey as a Professional Counselor and a Clinical Alcohol & Drug Counselor with ten years of professional experience working with adolescents, adults, and families. As an Approved Clinical Supervisor, I also provide supervision for those seeking licensure for counseling or addiction counseling.”

Embarking on a journey towards wellness and recovery is perhaps the bravest and most inspiring thing a person can do. At Summit Behavioral Health we are here for you every step of the way.

Other Resources for you:
Learn more about 10 Tips To Help Prevent Relapse in our previous blog post

Read our blog post: 5 Stages Of Addiction Recovery As An External Process


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What Makes Truck Drivers Distracted?

Dallas, Texas, 07/25/2017 /SubmitPressRelease123/

Most drivers know their weak spots when it comes to being distracted behind the wheel. Whether you have a hard time ignoring your phone when you drive, or you have a bad habit of eating on the go, you know what’s likely to pull your attention away from the road.

But what about truck drivers? For a trucker, the “office” is the inside of a vehicle that can weigh up to 80,000 pounds. It’s a home away from home, a workplace, and a bedroom all in one massive truck. For truck drivers, distractions can be catastrophic — and they have a lot more distractions to worry about than the average motorist.

Mobile Phones – Just like regular drivers, truckers can get distracted by a text, email, or phone call. Federal law prohibits truckers from texting and driving, and they’re limited to hands-free devices on the road.

Fatigue – Unfortunately, many truck drivers are pressured to work far more hours than they’re supposed to under federal hours-of-service regulations. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that drowsy driving caused 72,000 motor vehicle crashes in 2013 alone.

Eating – Many truck drivers don’t have time to stop and eat a meal. Instead, they grab something to go and eat while they drive. However, operating a semi-truck requires a person’s full attention. Reaching for a beverage or balancing a sandwich in your lap while you drive a semi-truck is incredibly dangerous.

Headphones or Music – Many people enjoy listening to music or the radio when they drive. But music that’s too loud — or motorists who drown out traffic sounds by wearing headphones — can be a serious distraction behind the wheel. This is a cognitive distraction, which means that it pulls a trucker’s mind away from the task of driving.

Passengers – Some truckers ride with a spouse. Like any driver, however, they can get distracted by conversation or the actions of a passenger.   

Atlanta Truck Accident Lawyer Discusses Safe Trucking

Atlanta truck accident lawyer Amy Witherite states, “Distracted driving has become a major problem on the nation’s roads. Considering that trucks haul over 70 percent of our country’s freight, it has never been more important for truckers to put the phones down and focus on the road.”

If you have been hurt in a semi-truck crash, don’t wait to speak to an attorney. Contact a Texas truck accident lawyer today to discuss your rights and options.


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The Shocking Truth About Drug And Alcohol Abuse In College

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The most recent national survey about drug and alcohol abuse among college-age adults provides relevant information about the attitudes and practices of this demographic that is far more likely to indulge in these excessive activities. But information is useless without actionable solutions so here are five key takeaways from the 2015 National Institute on Drug Abuse survey that can help craft new ways to attack this persistent problem.

Marijuana Remains a Popular Drug of Choice

For years, smoking weed has become something of a rite of passage among high school and college students. And according to the survey, nearly 5 percent of college-age students admitted that they smoked pot on a daily basis.

Although this may not seem like a large number, the percentage of full-time marijuana users in college has risen steadily since 1995, when it was at 3.7 percent. Part of the reason for this steady increase is that states have lowered the stigma of marijuana smoking by passing laws legalizing its use in one form or another.

Twenty-six states and Washington D.C. have legalized marijuana for medicinal or recreational use, and many others are in the process of decriminalizing marijuana use. (1)

Binge Drinking Is Common

College-age drinking remains a large problem, and the survey confirms this fact, as nearly 32 percent of college students said that they engaged in binge drinking (five or more drinks in a row) in the two weeks prior to the survey. In comparison, only 23.7 percent of non-college survey participants said they had engaged in binge drinking.

Furthermore, 38.4 percent of college-age students said they had been drunk in the previous month, compared to 24.9 percent of non-college participants.

Binge drinking dangers include alcohol poisoning, heart attack, and a higher risk of vehicular homicide if the drinker chooses to operate a motor vehicle.

Cigarette Use Is Trending Down

The survey also found that cigarette smoking and hookah usage are trending downward among college-age adults.

Only 23 percent of college students said they used a hookah in the previous year, compared to 24.5 percent of non-college survey participants. And only 11 percent of college students said they smoked cigarettes in the previous month, compared to 23.4 percent of the non-college group.

And that holds true even for E-cigarettes, which only 8.8 percent of college students admitted to smoking, less than the 12.9 percent of non-college participants who admitted to E-cigarette smoking. Part of this decrease may be attributed to the number of universities that have banned smoking on campus. (2)

Smoking bans have helped change attitudes among some college students about the risks of this activity, but they have also helped promote ways that students can kick the habit, including behavioral modification classes, individual counseling sessions, and even the use of tobacco patches.

Cocaine Use Is Trending Upward

Unfortunately, while cigarette use is decreasing among college-age students, cocaine use has risen over the past few years, hitting a 10-year high in 2014. In the survey, 4.3 percent of students admitted they used cocaine full-time, which is slightly less than the 4.4 percent that admitted their cocaine use in 2014.

The upward trend is of great concern because full-time cocaine use among college students decreased to 2.7 percent in 2014 before its steady climb. Before then, cocaine use had remained in the 3.5-percent to 3.1 percent range dating back to 2010.

Cocaine use among college students may be motivated by the stress and pressures of coursework or may be influenced by the party culture of a particular university. Cocaine is widely available at nightclubs, parties and raves, three venues that are prevalent across campuses in the U.S.

Synthetic Drug Use Is Declining

But at least one fad drug seems to be declining in popularity among college students. The survey found an 80 percent decrease in synthetic drug use from 2011 to 2015, and the use of salvia decreased 90 percent between 2009 and 2015.

Salvia is an herb that grows in southern Mexico and it causes vivid hallucinations and intense, frightening visions. The stimulant is not illegal in the U.S., but the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has warned people not to use it because the extent of the health risks is unknown. (3)

The decline in synthetic drug use among college-age students may be attributed to the fact that these drugs are very dangerous. In fact, overdoses are common, because the chemicals used to enhance these drugs – such as bath salts – are not for human consumption.

Treatment Is a Solution

For college students struggling with an addiction, drug and alcohol detox may provide a solution. A treatment program must begin with physical and psychological withdrawal from drugs and alcohol, followed by intensive counseling. In some instances, residential treatment is necessary prior to outpatient treatment, but in all instances, a personalized addiction program works best.

If you or someone you love needs help with an addiction, please contact the Drug and Alcohol Detox experts at 1-844-643-3869 to discuss all your treatment options.

Other Resources for you:
Learn more about Financial & Legal Consequences of Drug Abuse in our previous blog post

Read our blog post: The Prescription Drug Abuse Epidemic


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Why Truck Driving Is One Of The Deadliest Jobs In The World

Dallas, Texas, 07/21/2017 /SubmitPressRelease123/

It’s not often that you think about commercial truck driving as being one of the deadliest jobs, but the truth is that the truck driving industry is filled with numerous challenges that make this profession risky for those who choose it as a career. And the collateral effect of those dangers also affects drivers of smaller vehicles on the road.

“Without understanding the significant challenges and dangers commercial truck drivers face on the road, it’s impossible to craft effective safety protocols,” stated Dallas Truck Wreck Attorney Amy Witherite of Eberstein Witherite, LLP. “You have to remember that we are asking these men and women to pilot a 80,000-pound vehicle that can cause tremendous damage if the driver makes even the smallest mistake.”

A job is considered dangerous when the actual process of accomplishing a task is made risky by factors that could lead to serious injury or death.

Truck drivers are placed in danger by the very nature of the vehicles they drive. Trucks are large, unwieldy and difficult to control, so any error in these vehicles has a higher chance of resulting in an accident that causes serious injuries or even death.

Why Truck Driving Is One of the Deadliest Jobs

Commercial truck drivers must often navigate their vehicles through adverse weather as well as unfavorable traffic conditions.

Per an article in Truck Driving Jobs, (1) the highest percentage of commercial truck accidents occurs in the summer. That’s because there are more vehicles on the road during this time, as school ends and families drive to vacation spots throughout the country.

But in addition to the increased number of vehicles, there is another source of danger for commercial truck drivers, and that is simply that the nature of the job often leads to fatigue.

Truck drivers spend at least 10 hours per day behind the wheel, and that is only if they actually comply with the hours-of-service (HOS) rules that the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) mandates.

Some drivers compound the issue of fatigue by falsely documenting that they were taking a break or sleeping, when in fact they were on the road, trying to ensure timely delivery.

Fatigue is one of the biggest hazards of working as a commercial truck driver, because of the high risk of falling asleep behind the wheel. Exhaustion also causes a loss of reaction time, focus and concentration, so even if a tired truck driver doesn’t close his eyes while driving, he still presents a danger to other vehicles.

Recent studies have found that commercial truck drivers are more likely to suffer non-fatal injuries on the job than workers in any other occupation. In fact, one study found that truck drivers had a 233 percent higher chance of suffering a non-fatal injury than workers in all other industries.

These factors lead to a higher-than-average rate of on-the-job death among commercial truck drivers.

Per, (2) 745 truck drivers were killed in 2015, which though a slight improvement from 2014’s number of 761, is still too high relative to the number of drivers on the road.

To put it into perspective, the 745 truck driver fatalities was 25 percent of all “work-related fatalities last year [2015], more than any other U.S. job, according to an annual workplace fatality report…”

In fact, the number of truck driver deaths increased 11.2 percent from 2011-2015, in large part because high demand has meant more trucks on the road.

And one hidden aspect of danger for truck drivers is that because they are paid per-mile, rather than per hour, there is significant pressure for them to make timely deliveries, especially given the high rate of delays caused by stalled traffic and loading dock issues.

That pressure often means that some commercial truck drivers take more risks, such as driving while fatigued and speeding, two of the biggest contributing factors in fatal truck wrecks.

Some factors that make truck driving one of the deadliest jobs, such as traffic conditions and weather, are out of a driver’s control. But practicing safe habits such as observing the speed limit, avoiding distractions and getting the mandated amount of rest can go a long way toward making truck driving a safer profession.

Getting Victims Back On Their Feet

“I am proud to be part of a personal injury firm that prizes the well being of our clients over the size of their settlement,” stated Amy Witherite. “Of course, we will get you the best compensation possible, but more important is getting you back on your feet and keeping your life running.”

Please call the team at 1-800-Truck-Wreck® to see how they can help you after you’ve been injured in a truck accident.


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Dallas Criminal Lawyer Explains Reasonable Doubt

Dallas, TX, USA, 07/25/2017 /SubmitPressRelease123/

Almost everyone has heard the phrase “beyond a reasonable doubt.”  It is the standard that the government’s proof must meet in order for a jury to find a defendant guilty of a crime, explains John Helms, Dallas criminal lawyer.  It is also an elusive concept that is sometimes difficult for jurors to grasp. I also believe that some prosecutors try to convince jurors that it is a lower standard than it is. If jurors accept this argument, they could find someone guilty of a crime based on a lower showing than our law requires. This article discusses how defense counsel can respond to the prosecutor’s arguments to protect the rights of the accused.

In 2000, in a case called Paulson v. State, the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals (Texas’ highest criminal appeals court), told Texas criminal trial courts that they should not try to define “beyond a reasonable doubt” in their instructions to juries about the law they must follow. The Court of Criminal Appeals decided that the concept of “beyond a reasonable doubt” is difficult to define and those trial judges are better off not even trying.

I have heard multiple prosecutors tell potential jurors during jury selection that there is “no definition” of beyond a reasonable doubt in Texas and that, therefore, “beyond a reasonable doubt” can mean whatever the potential juror wants it to mean. This invites jurors to believe that they can find a defendant guilty based on whatever level of proof they want. In other words, it invites a juror to think, for example, in a terrorism case, “Terrorism is so dangerous and scary that I think this man should be found guilty if there is any risk that he is guilty.” THIS IS ABSOLUTELY NOT THE LAW.

The fact that Texas courts do not have a definition of “beyond a reasonable doubt” does NOT mean that the phrase can mean “whatever you want it to mean.”  It does NOT, mean, for example, that it is “probable” or “more likely than not” that someone is guilty. This is the standard of proof in civil cases—when someone is suing someone else to recover money damages, like if someone injures you in a car wreck, and you sue them for your medical bills and pain and suffering. The civil standard of proof has been described this way: If a feather is placed on one side of the scales of justice, and it tips just slightly, that is enough for a finding of liability in a civil case. But we KNOW that “beyond a reasonable doubt” is a much higher standard than this.

“Beyond a reasonable doubt” is also a higher standard than “clear and convincing evidence.” In order to be able to take your child away from you, for example, the state must prove that you are a danger to the child by “clear and convincing evidence.” This is higher than the civil standard, but it is lower than “beyond a reasonable doubt.” So, again, we KNOW that “beyond a reasonable doubt” means more proof than “clear and convincing.”

In some types of cases, such as child abuse cases, many jurors will instinctively want to find a defendant guilty based on less proof than “beyond a reasonable doubt.” This is because they may identify with, and sympathize with, an alleged victim who is vulnerable. There is a saying that it is better to let ten guilty persons go free than to convict one innocent person. Jurors, however, may feel that, if the alleged victim is a child and the defendant is accused of horrible conduct, it is better to convict an innocent person than to let a guilty person go free.

In these types of cases, it is absolutely critical for a criminal defense lawyer to emphasize that the law requires proof “beyond a reasonable doubt,” what this means, and why it is the law, from the beginning of trial to the end—in jury selection, in opening statement, during the trial, and in closing argument. I tell jurors that I may sound like a broken record, but I also point out to them that the court’s instructions to them to use the phrase “beyond a reasonable doubt” over and over again. In other words, emphasizing the burden of proof is not just something I do. Our law does it, too.

Very few criminal trials have a “Perry Mason moment,” in which some evidence comes out during the trial that absolutely proves the defendant’s innocence. This means that the law’s requirement that the government proves a defendant’s guilt beyond a reasonable doubt is critical in almost every case.

I have developed my approach to explaining “beyond a reasonable doubt” over the course of my career as a Dallas criminal defense lawyer. I am also constantly refining it. I have charts and graphics that I show potential jurors during jury selection that I continue to revise. I also tailor my approach to each individual case based on the kind of evidence I expect against my client and what I hear from jurors during jury selection. Prosecutors talk to each other about what works, and they get the training to help them be more effective, so I also keep up with the kinds of arguments and approaches prosecutors are using so that I can be prepared to respond to them. All of these things are crucial for criminal defense lawyers to be effective on an issue of great importance to their clients.

If you or a loved one have been charged with a crime in the Dallas area, you should strongly consider hiring someone who really knows the ins and outs of the law. Contact Dallas criminal lawyer John Helms at (214) 666-8010 or fill out the online contact form. You can discuss your case, how the law may apply and your best legal options to protect your rights and freedom.

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7 Reasons You Need The Best Medical Drug Detox In New Jersey

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Long-term drug use can harm your body in significant ways, and until you decide to stop taking drugs and commit to a rehabilitation program, it’s doubtful that you will get better. But when you’re in the throes of an addiction, it’s difficult to understand why detox is the best solution for you. That’s why the people who love and care about you can gain that understanding on your behalf by learning the seven reasons for finding the best medical drug detox in New Jersey.

Stops Long-Term Damage To the Body

Abusing prescription medication can create long-term damage to your body. According to the National Safety Council, some of the side effects of opioid addiction include gastrointestinal bleeding, severe constipation, loss of muscle mass, a decrease in sex hormones, irregular heartbeat, and an increased sensitivity to pain.

Provides Qualified Staff To Help

Whether you are looking for an alcohol detox center in New Jersey or opiate detox in New Jersey, you will find qualified and experienced staff that can help get you back on the path to sobriety. Licensed detox centers specialize in addiction and mental health counseling and some of these facilities require that senior staff members possess a master’s degree as a minimum standard to provide care.

Provides Mental Health Counseling

Mental health counseling is one of the key aspects of a detox program because many people struggling with drug and alcohol issues also struggle with depression, anxiety, and trauma from their past. Simply treating the external symptoms of these deep mental health issues will not result in long-term success, because the root problem remains.

 Helps An Addict Regain a Self Esteem and Confidence

Studies have found that low self-esteem and self-image are motivating factors in a person’s decision to use alcohol and drugs.

Our perception of who we are and more importantly, how others view us often shapes our decisions in life. People who form negative and harmful thoughts about their status relative to other people, or people who perceive that others view them as weak or as failures, may react in destructive ways as means of coping with feelings of worthlessness.

But low self-esteem is also linked to damaging experiences such as sexual and physical abuse. Medical drug detox in New Jersey can help addicts build up their sense of self, without the need to be validated by drugs and alcohol.

 Helps To Heal Family Relationships

Drug and alcohol abuse often damages the relationships that are most valuable in a person’s life. This is usually because the people who love the addict don’t want to see that person’s life destroyed, and their attempts to help often creates conflict, because the addict is unable to stop the destructive behavior.

Medical drug detox facilities in New Jersey can help addicts and their families re-develop their bonds of trust, and encourage open and honest communication that can form the foundation for a new kind of relationship in the future.

Saves Money

Medical drug addictions can be very expensive, and according to the American Society of Addiction Medicine, a survey found that many opioid addicts shifted their abuse to heroin because opioids such as hydrocodone and codeine were too expensive.

Addicts often report that they run through their savings to buy drugs, and in some instances, the expense of these drugs drives addicts to commit crimes to support their habit. Obtaining treatment at a medical drug detox facility in New Jersey can help addicts understand the amount of money they have spent on drugs, and how that spending has negatively impacted their life.

Saves Lives

Detox saves lives because it provides the resources for addicts to withdraw physically from prescription drugs. But psychological withdrawal during detox is also important to building the foundation for a clean living after patients leave the facility.

Thousands of people are dying throughout the country because they are overdosing on medical drugs, but some of those people could have been saved if they had been placed in a qualified detox facility.

The stigma against medical drug addicts is beginning to fade as statistics show that this is an issue that crosses all demographics and age groups.

A Fresh Start

As public sentiment shifts in support of treatment, detox facilities will remain houses of hope for addicts and their families looking for a fresh start. If you have a loved one that you know needs help, or you are an addict seeking to confront your problem, please contact one of our behavioral health experts.

Summit Behavioral Health offers a personalized detox treatment program that incorporates mental health counseling, inpatient care and outpatient treatment depending on each person’s needs. Call us today at Phone:1-908-481-4400  to speak to a substance abuse counselor about your options.

Other Resources for you:
Learn more about Opiate Treatment Availability In Rural Areas in our previous blog post

Read our blog post: Pregnant And Addicted To Opiates


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How Safe Are Amusement Park Rides? Philadelphia Personal Injury Lawyer Discusses

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When the weather heats up, millions of Americans around the country head to amusement parks, water parks, and fairs. Many people enjoy roller coasters and similar rides because they get adrenaline pumping within the confines of safety. But just how safe are they? Is the illusion of safety just that — an illusion? Philadelphia personal injury lawyer Rand Spear says these rides aren’t as safe as you might think.

According to an amusement park consultant who spoke to USA Today, amusement park ride accidents aren’t a matter of “if” but “when.” In other words, accidents will happen. Tragically, many catastrophic accidents already have.

Surprising Stats About Amusement Park Ride Injuries

A Six Flags amusement park made headlines when a 14-year-old girl dangled 25 feet above the ground. Bystanders on the ground urged her to let go of the ride she was clinging to. Fortunately, other park patrons on the ground caught her. The girl was uninjured, and one man on the ground was treated for minor back injuries.

However, others have not been so fortunate. In 2016, a 10-year-old boy was killed while riding a giant waterslide at a waterpark in Kansas. In 2013, a woman was killed when she was ejected from her seat while riding a roller coaster at a Six Flags in Texas. She fell seven stories to her death.

There Is No Federal Oversight of Amusement Parks

Here’s what most Americans don’t know: Roller coasters and amusement park rides in the United States are subject to minimal federal oversight. According to the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA), amusement park rides are regulated at the state level. With 50 states and 50 sets of rules, regulations can vary widely.

USA Today reports that about 335 million people visit amusement parks each year. These thrill seekers ride about 1.6 billion rides every year. The IAAPA says the risk of serious injury is 1 in 16 million.

When it comes to county fairs and traveling carnivals, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) conducts oversight and injury investigation. However, the CPSC doesn’t carry out inspections. This wasn’t always the case, however. Up until the 1980s, the CPSC used to inspect both traveling carnivals and fairs and fixed location parks. However, federal lawmakers changed the rules in the 80s by removing fixed location parks from CPSC oversight.

Philadelphia Personal Injury Lawyer Gives Tips for Amusement Park Safety

Philadelphia personal injury lawyer Rand Spear states, “Amusement parks bring out the kid in all of us. However, it’s important to visit them with safety in mind. If you’re headed to a park or fair, make sure you feel comfortable with the park employees operating the ride. If at any point you feel unsafe or not properly secured in your seat, speak up or demand to be let off the ride.”

Contact a Philadelphia Personal Injury Lawyer Today

Amusement park rides are by and large safe, but they are not inspected or regulated by the federal government. If you’re injured on a ride at an amusement park, fair, or carnival, you need an experienced lawyer who can help you identify the parties responsible for your injuries. Discuss your options and the next steps in your case with Philadelphia and New Jersey personal injury lawyer Rand Spear today at 888-373-4LAW.



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Homestead Nation Expands With More Acreage And Homes


Monroe, MI, US, 07/25/2017 /SubmitPressRelease123/

Homestead Nation is pleased to announce a new phase in construction and a rechristening of its brand. Founded by Jeff and Kelly Harness, Homestead Nation, originally known as My Ozark Homestead, was created to be a remarkable, one-of-a-kind community for like-minded people nestled in the geologically safe and naturally fortified Ozark mountains. “We started it as a way to protect our own family,” reveals Jeff, “but God had other plans and the vision has expanded. We call this vision the Miracle in Missouri. Now, we see this as a community perfect for a permanent residence, vacation retreat, or as a doomsday preparation safe house.”

It was this shift that initiated the rebranding. “It was a very organic decision to grow into our new name,” shares Jeff. “In the last few months, God has tremendously blessed this project. We have evolved into something much bigger than I ever expected. It was natural to grow from My Ozark Homestead to Homestead Nation because once you’re here, you’re family. Now that the family is growing, we feel like a nation.”

Many attributes help contribute to the uniqueness of Homestead Nation. Offering a natural spring, robust woods, a farm, livestock, greenhouse, and a bunker, Homestead nation is homesteading done right. “We really wanted to cover every angle with this. Just like the whole concept of homesteading includes surrounding yourself with an extended family of like-minded people to all watch out for each other, the community itself contains every single thing you would need to not only survive but actually thrive.” Additional features also include residents that are a nurse practitioner and a former ER surgeon.

Besides the aforementioned amenities, one of the community’s centerpiece attractions is their own Homestead Nation Homes. “These are definitely not your average tiny homes,” smiles Jeff. Built to an individual’s specifications, the homes are practical, hardy, feature high-quality craftsmanship, and act as a gateway to the splendor of the Ozark Mountains. “Plus, our homes are available for an investment under $60 per square foot,” adds Jeff.  “Which is much lower than the national average.”

Phase 1 is almost completely sold out with very few lots remaining. “When we first started,” admits Jeff, “I didn’t know how well this would take off. But, when you give something to God, miracles can and do happen, and now, we’re ecstatic to announce additional phases.” A deal was recently concluded to open an additional 100 acres for Homestead Nation. “It’s just one more miracle in Missouri. We have now grown to over 300 acres.”

“We have experienced awesome growth not only with new residents but also with our new digital magazine,” Jeff adds. To schedule a tour all future residents must submit an application. The application fee is just $25 and now includes two free issues of Homestead Nation Magazine. “What I love about this,” Jeff confides, “is that folks who want to be a part of Homestead Nation, but not live on site in Missouri, can now still be a part of the community. With the magazine, they’re now family.” Each issue includes information and stories that cannot be found anywhere else in print or online. “We meet so many unique individuals, many with very specialized backgrounds. A lot are ex-military. It’s just amazing to hear their stories and see how everything is lining up with the ultimate vision and God’s plan for Homestead Nation.” Tips about homesteading, how to prepare yourself and your family, and Jeff and Kelly’s own personal experiences are all recounted to help spread this vision and pull more people into the family of Homestead Nation.

Schedule your tour to see how idyllic and incredible life can be at Homestead Nation. But hurry, lots and homes are moving quickly so be sure to reserve yours today. To find out more about Homestead Nation, please visit

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Get Low Cost Office Professional 2016 And Windows 10 With Reseller License Key

New York, NY, USA, 07/25/2017 /SubmitPressRelease123/

Microsoft has made massive changes in Office 2016 Professional and Windows 10 Pro, however, most of the changes are hidden beneath a reassuringly familiar-looking surface. If you want to buy Windows 10 or Office 2016 Professional Product Key directly from Microsoft, you pay $119.99 for Windows Home and $199.99 for Windows Pro while Office 2016 Professional Plus costs $499.99 on Microsoft’s Store. If you want to buy a license of a previous version of Windows, you are out of luck as Microsoft does not offer those for sale anymore.

If you point your web browser to Product-Key company’s website , you may notice that you can grab Windows 10 Pro and Office Professional Plus 2016 product keys for less than $29.

The license key is genuine, it has never been used before. Activation is for life and Updates work. Licenses come from third-party Microsoft reseller (which usually means OEM / system builder versions). The product includes a new, unused Microsoft Office Professional Plus 2016 and Windows 10 Pro genuine Product Key that can be used to activate Microsoft Office Professional Plus 2016 and Windows 10 Pro in any region. Once activated, the key will bind to your motherboard and will never expire. The activation key will be sent directly to your Email Address associated with your purchase after payment is confirmed. Deliveries are generally completed in 5 – 60 minutes depending on the time of purchase.

Microsoft allows anyone to download and install Office Professional Plus 2016 and Windows 10 for free and it without a product key but then you will need to activate it. It’ll keep working for the foreseeable future, with only a few small cosmetic restrictions. And you can even pay to upgrade to a licensed copy of Windows 10 after you install it.

Retailers like Amazon may offer discounts, and OEM versions on top of that, but you will still spend a considerable sum to grab a license. There you may get copies of previous versions of Windows as well.

For more information on how to activate and install Windows 10 Pro or Office Professional Plus 2016 Using Reseller Key, please visit the company’s website at

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