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HELP – Links to Help Parents in Desperation

LINK TOPICS (only a drop in the bucket):

  • Addictions
  • Depression
  • Health
  • Homelessness
  • Illness – Including UP-TO-DATE CORONAVIRUS links are at the bottom of the page
  • Lack of Faith
  • Media
  • Seniors
  • Special Needs

ADDICTIONS:

What is Vaping? Vaping is the act of inhaling the aerosol (vapor) from an e-cigarette or similar device, often called a vape. To create this vapor, vape devices heat up liquid known as e-liquid or e-juice. Vaping is not a safe alternative to smoking. Learn more HERE.

How do I Talk to My Child About Drugs? The world can present mixed messages about drug use. Abuse of illicit substances is a serious problem. This can include alcohol, illicit drugs, and even prescription drugs. The first step in keeping children and teenagers safe from substance abuse is to talk about the dangers and risks; open communication is crucial.

What Is Drug Addiction? Abbeycare Group says, “We can say someone is addicted to drugs when it forms a major part of their day to day lives, when a physical dependency on drugs has developed, in order to function, in daily life. Or, when seeking and using drugs becomes the priority over functional day to day life; and when life becomes unmanageable, as a result of drug use.”

Alcohol.org is dedicated to informing the public about the use and abuse of alcohol. You will find the latest alcohol research, studies and statistical data, brought to you by government agencies, academic institutions, news sources and awareness organizations. You will also find a wealth of alcohol-related resources, support groups, and help lines for those struggling with alcoholism.Tuck is a community devoted to improving sleep hygiene, health and wellness through the creation and dissemination of comprehensive, unbiased, free web-based resources. How alcohol negatively impacts sleepSleep problems associated with addiction and recoveryNon-drug therapies for sleep disorders. Another good resource about the different types of alcoholics and rehab is Alcohol Rehab Help.

AllTreatment.com is a good resource to find the right Teen Rehab Center for your child or friend. There are many different types of teen rehabs and programs that can cater to your teen’s unique needs and situation. For inpatient rehab centers for all ages, you could check out RehabCenter.net.

College Student Drug and Alcohol Use

Drug Watch.com The foundation of a long, happy life is knowing how to take care of your health. You only get one body. You can take care of it by learning how your body grows, what diseases or conditions to look out for and how to avoid risky products. Men’s bodies are different from women’s. All of our bodies change from childhood, through adulthood and into old age. Learn about each stage of life, and become a well-informed health consumer to improve your quality of life. 

How does Drug & Alcohol Addiction Impacts Oral Health?

Is Your Child Struggling With Addiction?

Opioid Abuse Among Young Athletes has risen. The number of students playing high school sports in 2019 was more than three times what it was in 1988. Along with the rise in athletic participation came a rise in student injuries requiring surgery and prescriptions for opioid painkillers, young athletes with drug problems, and a nationwide opioid crisis. Learn about ADDICTION and THE BRAIN

Pathways is a recommended Rehab facility in Utah for many treatments from drug addiction to mental health issues.

Prevent teen drug use! Yes, of course. But how? Teens may use drugs to:

  • Relieve stress or anxiety
  • Feel good/pleasure
  • Be more social
  • Feel less inhibited
  • Make sex more enjoyable
  • Cope with difficult emotions
  • Forget their troubles
  • Relieve boredom
  • Relax
  • Help them sleep
  • Escape or avoid obligations
  • Feel more creative
  • Fulfill their curiosity about different experiences

At AddictionResource.net, our mission is to connect individuals to treatment centers that best suit their individual needs as it leads to long-term recovery. We do this while breaking the barriers and stigmas that surround substance use with free and valuable information. With over 14,000 rehab centers in the U.S., it can be extremely difficult for those seeking help to find the best place for them. After rigorous vetting, we have compiled a list of the 10 Best Alcohol Detox and Rehabilitation Centers in the US.  Click here to see “How We Choose”.

What are BAD drugs called on the streets? Parents need to know more.

Tuck is a community devoted to improving sleep hygiene, health and wellness through the creation and dissemination of comprehensive, unbiased, free web-based resources. How alcohol negatively impacts sleepSleep problems associated with addiction and recoveryNon-drug therapies for sleep disorders

BeachHouseRehabCenter.com offers innovative, results-driven, individualized treatment for drug and alcohol addictions. Our coastal treatment facility offers individuals a truly comprehensive rehab experience and strives to be known nationwide as a leading model for clinical excellence. By encouraging family engagement and support, our family program gives individuals and their loved ones’ a foothold in recovery that has the potential to have a lasting impact across a lifetime.

Drug Rehab USA created a free rehab directory that uses location technology to display addiction treatment near you. The data in this directory comes from Behavioral Health Treatment Services Locator by SAMSHA. This is a user friendly substance use disorder directory. Their Mission: To reduce the impact of substance abuse by helping people locate proper treatment.

Donna Moore’s father passed away from alcoholism. To help others with their fight she founded KnowYourDNA.com. Using a simple test like LifeKit Predict or GARs by MyGenX, people are empowered to take their health into their own hands and see if they are at higher risks for things like addiction. We created a guide Can a DNA test predict addiction? to help people get information on DNA tests and addiction. Our mission is to empower the average consumer to take their health into their own hands. 

Rehab is expensive. The Simple Dollar discusses the various options available to pay for treatment.

DEPRESSION:

PTSD:

What is PTSD? According to Single Care, “It is a mental health condition or diagnosis resulting from a physically or emotionally damaging event or life situation.”

According to the National Center for PTSD, a person with this mental health condition may appear angry, tense, or worried. They may also come across as numb, distant, or detached.

Veterans with PTSD may also be easily irritated, jumpy, or nervous, while being more demanding or protective at the same time. Intimacy issues are not uncommon with PTSD either.

All of these responses can affect family and friends, who may feel hurt, dejected, angry, or sad, especially if they don’t recognize these patterns as being normal reactions to PTSD. So, creating a positive response first requires that you understand these responses enough to know they are a normal way of dealing with this condition.

Anyone diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder is more likely to experience difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep. Here are some helpful suggestions by Sleepopolis. Another resource is: What Veterans Should Know About Sleep.

HEALTH:

Help for NEW MOMS:

Baby Sign Language is a wonderful way to speed up speech development, reduce frustration in young children by giving them a means to express themselves before they know how to talk, increase parent-child bonding, and let babies communicate vital information, such as if they are hurt or hungry. My friend Sarah is a pro at this. She has taught her 3 young children sign and Spanish while keeping their primary language English. Her videos of many children songs and words are HERE.

InfantSEE®, is designed to ensure that eye and vision care becomes an essential part of infant wellness care to improve a child’s quality of life. Under this public health program, participating optometrists provide a comprehensive infant eye assessment between 6 and 12 months of age as a no-cost public service. Click here to learn more and locate a doctor in your area who can provide the free infant assessment.

I think this is crazy and unnecessary, but more and more people are doing it. Kay and Chuck went to Paris before Lyla came. If you want some ideas on a taking a trip before baby comes check out Babymoon Holidays. My suggestion is keep your needs and wants in check. Don’t be extravagant. Besides, trips should happen before AND after kids. Duncan and I have traveled a TON with our kids, in fact most of them have been to 49 of the 50 states (we still need to visit North Dakota), including many state and national parks. You have GOT to try out the Jr. Ranger Program! It makes traveling with kids an extra adventure.

Safe drugs for the home? Consumer Safety Guide was created to keep the public informed with the most recent information on popular prescription medications and FDA-approved medical devices that could be endangering your health or putting your loved ones at risk. Similar information is found at DrugDanger.com.

Getting enough good-quality of sleep is vital for a child’s physical, mental and emotional well-being. How much does your baby need? How do you get your baby on a sleeping routine. Check out Sleep Reports.

How do I know if my child needs glasses or contacts? Here are 7 Signs to “look” for. 🙂

Preparation for Emergencies is an important part of keeping a family healthy. Water is more essential for survival than food, so parents should prepare for unexpected natural disasters, chemical spills, and water shortages by having emergency water storage.

HOMELESS IN THE PHOENIX, AZ AREA:

First you go to “THE HUB”
602-595-8700
It is an old motel at 42nd and Van Buren with a red door
8 am – 8 pm on Mondays
T-Th 8 am – 5 pm
Next door to U Mom
33 E Van Buren

There is also the Salvation Army Shelter on
28th and Van Buren

There is “Project Connect” where you can hook up with services all in one place. Ask “The Hub” when the next Project Connect is.

Housing placement can take a while, but start the screening process now. You don’t have to accept the placement when it is offered to you.

CHILDCARE
Association For Supportive Child Care
3910 S Rural Rd # E, Tempe, AZ 85282
(480) 829-0500

AzEIP – The Arizona Early Intervention Program (AzEIP) is the statewide system of services and supports for families of infants and toddlers, birth to three years of age, with disabilities or delays. The purpose of early intervention is to help families help their children develop to their full potential. Fill out a referral to see if you qualify for a free screening for your child, which may lead to free therapy and preschool.

Financial Help for Single Mothers – Many charities situated across the country help single moms facing difficult times. The Salvation Army, Catholic Charities, Feeding America, Fellowship Housing, Parents without Partners, Bridge of Hope, Helping Hand for Single Moms are such nonprofits that offer programs to support single mothers. See what locally based organizations could be of use to someone you love.

ILLNESS:

Corona Virus –

CANCER – Victims of mesothelioma, a cancer caused by asbestos exposure that effects the lining of the lungs, have a very high fatality risk from Coronavirus because of their weak respiratory system. Mesothelioma.net is in touch with supportive care units, surrounding hospitals, treatment centers, and therapy centers. Their network is able to swiftly refer victims to treatment facilities and give back to the cancer community by sponsoring the American Cancer Society, American Lung Association, Make a Wish Foundation, MD Anderson Hospital and more. 

LACK OF FAITH:

No matter where you live, there is help available for you. Search on google, reach out to a friend or go to a church. (The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is VERY open to all visitors and teaches all ages practical ways to succeed in life. There are missionaries all around the world that will come to your door, no matter where you live. They teach faith in Jesus Christ and will serve your family free of charge.)

Little children may seem restless but they need you and gospel instruction more than they know. There are many resources to help you in this most important role of spiritual leader and gospel teacher in the home: MyTeachingMatters.com

You can download this FREE ebook about how keeping God’ s commandments will help you be richer, healthier and happier by clicking HERE!

MEDIA:

Video Game Facts: Video game addiction can lead to mental illness, including: depression, anxiety, suicide and more. Learn more HERE.

Digital Citizenship: Some children may be focusing more attention on their online activities instead of engaging with friends and family in-person or enjoying their hobbies. Verizon says, “At seemingly every turn, they’re inundated with notifications from their friends, new content to read or listen to, and new apps and games to play with.” Verizon has published a Guide to Managing Media for Teens and Tweens to help parents teach their teenagers how to manage their media. The key is “to teach them about digital citizenship.”

SENIORS:

Sleep is a major issue for everyone, not just seniors. From Sex to Sleeping Positions: A Complete Guide to Couples Sleep is a great article about how to more successfully share a bed with your sweetheart. It also covers lots of other tips for getting better sleep. I would add that in my experience, RESTLESS LEG SYNDROME is greatly diminished with proper nutrition. I recommend my favorite vitamins here. Once I started taking these excellent (and affordable) vitamins, my restless leg syndrome went away. My dad has enjoyed the same result.

Smart home devices can help you have more control over your home. These advanced devices are easier to use than ever, making it easier for you to maintain your home.

SPECIAL NEEDS:

Cerebral palsy is a disability caused by brain damage that restricts normal movement and coordination. Each year, 10,000 children in the U.S. are diagnosed with cerebral palsy. Cerebral Palsy Guide provides free educational materials, financial options, and support to help those affected by this condition.

Therapy dogs are dogs who are trained to provide comfort in a therapeutic context. They may be seen in nursing homes, and health care and mental health facilities. A therapy dog is also an option for people with autism because they can help encourage social interaction as well as being calming. LEARN MORE.

VETERANS:

Kevin, a child whose grandfather was in the Vietnam War, passed along this guide to a media specialist at his local library. It is fantastic. Maybe you know a veteran who could benefit from knowing more about how to sleep better. Thank you Kevin!

Hearing help for Veterans is HERE.

The toll that combat leaves with VETERANS is a growing problem. Among the most prevalent of these concerns are physical pain from injuries and mental illnesses such as PTSD. Over time, many of these brave men and women who fought for our freedom find themselves fighting for freedom from alcohol and substance abuse. Denver Recovery Center has an informative website designed to help answer questions and direct those in need toward recovery.

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