January 12th, 2016
Marriage/relationship/dating counseling from our psychiatry department, May 2015 is being dedicated to helping those who have troubling marriages. We have partnered up with eharmony coupon site Married Romance to help couples who cannot spare the time to see a counselor in real life. Married Romance offers a wide variety of services of relationship and marriage counseling services including matchmaking, online dating guidance as well as therapy sessions. If you’re interested in talking to them, give them a call at (949) 342-8490 to make or schedule an appointment today.
February 2016 Annual Smoke Out
February 2016 is designated as the official stop smoking month. We ask that you and your loved ones give up smoking. Statistically speaking, you have the greatest chance at quitting smoking at this time of year vs. any other. The reason being is due to the many public and religious holidays that occur from the start of November to the end of December. Smoking cessation is one of the hardest things a person can do, and some studies have shown that quitting smoking is actually harder than quitting a hard drug such as heroin. This is due to the chemicals inside the tobacco and the relationship they have with the human brain when it comes to chemical dependency. We have compiled a list of ways you can successfully quit smoking:
eCigarettes have been around for a few years, and while the verdict is still out as to whether or not they are a safe alternative to actual cigarettes, they are being used by more and more people to “wean” themselves off cigarettes. The main argument for eCigs is that they don’t contain the harmful chemicals that the tobacco companies put inside regular cigarettes. The main argument against eCigs is that they can be used as a quasi “gateway drug” to actual cigarettes. One researcher likened ecigs to smokers and methadone is to heroin addicts. Not exactly a huge step down….but a step in the right direction. The actual cost of the ecigs varies from company to company, but we have found that V2 cigs coupon is the best way to save money if you should decide to start vaping.
2. “Stop Smoking Pills”
We have used the layman term for a general class of drugs that cause the brain to disassociate nicotine with pleasure, as well as helping reduce the cravings once you quit. We cannot give advice as to whether or not you should choose this route, it is best to speak with your doctor. Some people have reported negative effects (such as suicidal thoughts) from taking these pills, as each person’s brain reacts differently to the medication. Such brands as Chantix and Bupropion have been used to help quit smoking successfully.
3. Nicotine Patches and Gum
These have been around for quit some time, and have successfully helped millions of people quit smoking. The patches are to be applied once a day (following the program set forth by the manufacturer) and the gum is to be chewed as needed. Some people have reported more success with the patches, due to only having to put it on once in the morning versus having to remember to carry the gum and then chew it when you get a craving. The downside to both of these programs is that they can cost a significant amount of money. The prices have gone up over the past 5 years.
4. Cold Turkey
Last, and most certainly not least is “cold turkey”. Meaning you pick a quit date and then never smoke a cigarette ever again. Most people cannot handle the massive withdrawals that come from quitting smoking cold turkey. But there are those who insist on doing it this way.
Whichever way you choose to quit, we wish you the best of luck. You should also inform your family and friends (and even co-workers) of your quit date so that they can be supportive of you and show empathy. Some people report an increase in appetite, and some others report a slight gain in weight (10lbs being the average) but generally speaking it’s only a temporary weight gain. Choose to live your life and take care of your body, and it will take care of you. Quitting smoking is one of the hardest things you can do, but it’s also one of the best things you can do to lengthen your life and increase the overall healthiness of your body.
Lowell General Hospital and Saints Medical Center
(Lowell, MA) LowellGeneralHospital and Saints Medical Center today announced that they have agreed to a memorandum of understanding with the goal of having the two hospitals affiliate with each other.
Leading the Way
As one of the largest providers of health care in the Merrimack Valley, Saints Medical Center is leading the way with our Centers of Excellence in extraordinary cancer care, cardiovascular medicine, orthopedics and women’s health. Saints also offers a wide range of clinical services and a vibrant community health and wellness program.