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Varicose Veins: They’re Not Just for Grandmother Anymore



Varicose veins are often thought of as a curse of old age. New studies show that as much as 50-percent of substance abusers are also prone to get the unsightly — and sometimes deadly affliction.

Old treatment methods were painful and required days of recovery from surgery. Now victims can get successfully treated during their lunch break.

A large part of sobriety depends on rebuilding self-confidence and boosting self-esteem. Getting laser treatment for varicose veins can go a long way in the rebuilding process

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Alternative Approaches in Treating Addicts and Alcoholics



Alcoholics Anonymous was the only path to recovery for decades. Founded by “Dr. Bob” and “Bill W.” in 1935, AA has grown exponentially. At any moment, there are hundreds of AA Twelve Step meetings happening somewhere on the planet.

In America every town, regardless of size, has at least one AA meeting — or there's one close by. In larger cities, AA meetings often can be found 24/7.

Despite its success and popularity, traditional AA meetings aren't...
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Unexpected Benefits from Traveling



As I write this, I am sitting in Tortoni's. A cafe in Buenos Aires, Tortoni's hadn't changed much since 1858 when it opened. Three blocks in one direction are Casa Rosada — the Argentine Executive Mansion where Madonna, aka "Evita", sang "Don't Cry for Me Argentina".

Four blocks the other direction is the tomb of the real Evita. Across the street, I see a street vendor selling empanada's
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Get Trained in Mental Health First Aid

The National Council for Behavioral Health told the press about a new campaign, “One-in-a-Million” in January. The goal: train 1 million persons in Mental Health First Aid.

Presently, there are over 500,000 individuals trained to recognize if someone is experiencing a mental health or substance abuse problem.

“As 25 percent of Americans experiencing a mental health or addiction, the council is committed to making this training as ubiquitous as CPR training,” said Susan Blue, the National Council Chair.

The $1 million investment will:

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Erase a Tattooed Past



Would you trust a drug counselor who had a tattoo of a marijuana leaf on the back of his head?

Probably not. That's why Johnny Gagliano, 44, an advocate with the Consortium for Community Services got his tattoo removed .

"It helps when people are trying to change their lives," said Gagliano of fSacramento. He has visited the free clinic by inkoff five times.

Gagliano was one of 69 people who had tattoos removed at SANE (Safer Alternatives through Networking and Education) in Oak Park...
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