Monthly Archives: March 2014

Treatment for drug users

Part of my former job was to come up with human interest story. In my search for a good story material, I reached the drug rehab in the southern part of Metro Manila. There I met four individuals who will be the subject of my interview. They were taken in for drug treatment. All four were hooked on ecstacy, a party drug known by its several street names – X, Rave, Love Drug, Flying Saucer, LBD “Libido”, Jagged Little Pill, Artist Drug, Hug Drug, MDA, MDEA, XTC, E, Eckie, Love Doves. I heard the weirdest to the kinkiest experiences they have when they were high on the drug pill.

The Drug Treatment facility has slowly helped them recover from addiction. But it took a while before they finally accepted their condition. They were dealing with denial at the initial stage of the treatment, but with the proper medication and encouragement from their families, their friends, medical staff down to their own peers inside the rehab, they were able to pull through.

Addiction Treatment, according to experts I spoke with at the center, begins at home. They said families or relatives of people in dire need of help should be able to assist the patients and not reject them for what they have become. They should persuade the patient to seek medical attention. The help doesn’t end from sending them to the rehab center. Once the patients have recovered and released from the treatment facility, there should still be emotional support from the families to prevent them from sliding back into addiction. The treatment and recovery period is crucial to the person’s healing from addiction.

Summer Diseases

Just before you pack your bags and ask yourself where can I find vehicle magnets, please read the following summer diseases and conditions that can affect one’s health:

Sore eyes or conjunctivitis, when mistreated, can lead to blindness. More than just eye irritation, it can easily be due to harmful bacteria or viruses that easily spread to other people. Hand washing can limit its spread. Health experts advise not to use eye drops without consulting a doctor.

Sunburn can be prevented if you time your outdoor activities. Outdoor activities must be done in the early morning or late afternoon. Avoid the sun between 10am-2pm. Hide in the shade or seek cool places to prevent ill-effects of too much sun exposure.

Use sunscreen appropriately like choosing a product that retards against both UVA and UVB rays, with at least an SPF30, applying them 30 minutes before actual sun exposure and not sparingly at best, and also reapplying if exposure will be extended and not sparing the ears and nape areas nor the feet.

Avoid heat stroke by drinking 8-12 glasses of water a day. Remember not to stay under the sun too long. Holy week penitents can also benefit from these tips.

Cough and colds easily spreads even during the summer months as erratic weather bring sudden downpour from time to time. Senior citizens are advised to get vaccinated against influenza before the flu season begins in June.

Gastroenteritis is caused by consumption of contaminated food or drinks. This summer, be cautious of street foods and even with those prepared for out-of-town trips. Remember that food spoils easily during hot summer months. Always have oral rehydration salt solution at hand just in case you get bad diarrhea.

Skin disease is another common summer disease in areas where water becomes scarce so that daily bathing is compromised.

Skin diseases abound when one swims in dirty water or unmaintained public swimming pools. Remember to take a bath before and after plunging into the pool and please do not urinate in the pool. However, the real danger in swimming is drowning. Children should not be left alone in the pool or beach.

Dog bite can lead to rabies if wounds are not washed and cared for. Make sure dogs are vaccinated against rabies. If you sustain dog bites, visit the animal bite center to get rabies vaccination.

Source: DOH

Immunization Schedule for Teens and Pre-teens for 2014

Moms and Dads, please take note of the following immunization schedule for our teens and pre-teens at home. It pays to know the type of vaccines and the age they are appropriately administered. My kids are both candidates to receive some of the vaccines and booster shots mentioned here.

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Please click on the image to get a clearer view of the summary table.

Image credit: http://www.philvaccine.org/