Torn Between Aristocracy and Humanity – The Patrician by John Galsworthy

John Galsworthy was an English novelist and playwright and one of the most popular writers of the early 20th century. His work revolved around social history and themes, and often incorporated into them, the nuances of values, classes, and hierarchy; especially that of the Edwardian era. The Patrician by John Galsworthy, a novel first published in 1911, narrated the story of young Lord Miltoun and his life torn between the need to be in a position of power and the desire for true love.

The Author

John Galsworthy was born in 1867, in Surrey, studied at Harrow and New College, Oxford, and later got admitted to the bar in 1890. However, he discontinued his profession in law and took to writing full time, after the release of his first novel, Jocelyn. He then went on to publish many famous novels and plays, including the Forsyte series: Indian Summer of a Forsyte, In Chancery, Awakening, and To Let. Galsworthy was awarded the Order of Merit in 1929 and the Nobel Prize for literature in 1932. He breathed his last at Hampstead in 1933.

The Plot

Lord Miltoun, the eldest son of the Lord and Lady Valleys at the Caradocs, is a charismatic young leader who believes that the power to lead his fellow men is the greatest good. His eyes are set on London and his family sees in him, the power to be the next Prime Minister of England. Things take a turn when Miltoun falls in love with Audrey Noel, a sensitive yet beautiful young lady rumored to be a divorcee. Audrey, on the other hand leads a joyless life thanks to her husband, a bigoted clergyman, who refuses to divorce her. She reciprocates in full, the love that Miltoun has for her. With this relationship builds a conflict in the young patrician’s mind. He understands the need to remain immaculate in order to continue in a post of power and the doom an illicit relationship could bring to his leadership. In the meanwhile, another love affair blossoms in the background, between Barbara, the younger sister of Miltoun, and Charles Courtier, an altruistic friend of Mrs. Noel. Courtier also happens to be an idealist and an opponent of Miltoun. In spite of the love affair with Audrey, Miltoun wins the elections by a margin and occupies his seat of power. In London, he falls seriously ill and is nursed back to health by his lady love. Sensing impending danger, Lady Valleys summons her son and Barbara to their Uncle, Lord Dennis’ seaside residence, where Miltoun recovers fully. The turmoil still high, he writes back to Audrey thanking her and during his return to London, meets Courtier, who pleads with him not to disown her. However, Miltoun realizes his true need for leadership and Mrs. Noel helps him by sacrificing her feelings for him and goes away. Barbara and Courtier too weave hopes of marriage, but the latter’s pride stand in their way and she gets married to Lord Harbinger.

The Patrician, like other novels by John Galsworthy, received much critical acclaim for its deep characterization and portrayal of the ‘drying’ effect of aristocracy.

About the Book ‘The Adventure of the Black Lady’ by Aphra Behn

A novel with a little Victorian setting and a typical Jane Austen like ‘Sense and Sensibilities’ – that was the impression I had as I began to read this short novel About the Book ‘The Adventure of the Black Lady’ by Aphra BehnThe Adventure of the Black Lady by Aphra Behn. I had my reason to be skeptical about the potential of the story to take me all through the last page. After all, a reader always expects to get enticed from the very first sentence. Yes, there are novelists who give you the essence of the entire story in the first few paragraphs followed by only dramatic and psychoanalytical progression of the characters and their existential dilemma. And there are novelists who do not reveal the quintessential mystery that holds the character together until the last lines. Personally, I am an admirer of the former types. It weaves the story around some unpredictable and predictable characters can be characterized as having signs of both worlds.

The tension that arose upon the arrival of the Bellamora as a provincial lady among her relatives continued through the pages until it begins to shed light on the characters around. Although, the pace of the novel could have been slower at times to offer more ponderous moments for the readers, even though we admit the brilliance of such storytelling. But then, it is the storytelling that alone remains as praiseworthy, because the expression of sensibilities and ironies in this story do not have much to offer for our already over-consumed twenty first century readership. So, smart and entertaining storytelling apart, the novel could not leave an impression deep down the memory lane.

In the novel Bellamora represents all the pride and sensibilities typical of highly esteemed provincial ladies who never found a dearth of interest from men of equal social status. But, unlike the women of high self-esteem in a provincial setting her objection to pretended love and other expressions of flattering reveal her inherent moral strength. Moreover, amidst misfortunes of all sorts she always maintained calm and never failed to show the charming side of her personality. This typical compose of moral character and social appearance, create the kind of somber aura around her personality that readers no sooner can forget. The author Aphra Behn ( created her female protagonist with all the precise and delicate shades of a proud, sensible and charming provincial lady personality. If a novel can make a lasting impression thanks to the portrayal of a brilliant character who takes the reader through the pages, then this novel will continue to inhabit reader’s mind thanks to Bellamora.

To make an honest judgment of this novel one needs to shrug off the storyline and the aura created by its central character. Yes, any creative writing should be judged on account of literary merit alone and in that respect the novel lacks a few things. First of all, the story has been told in a hurried manner without much meditation and focus on each character and drive. Secondly, the pleasure of reading has been compromised as either sense of humor or apathy lacked in various places. After all, through literature we become aware of the inherent motivation and drive of the character rather than just the surface reality of their condition and interaction.

Most importantly, the novel in spite of being quite well written, just could not be enough appealing. Whether in sensual aspects or for creating a moral saga or in paving the path for an alleviating spiritual journey, it could not satisfy any literary objectives. It could not be sensual or thought provoking or emotionally heart rendering to create a lasting impression. The novel began by just stating a fact in a mundane manner. The author failed to create an ambience and situate the context within. From the seemingly abrupt nature of the characters and their progression, it seems we are reading it from the middle of the novel. Similarly, the ending does not lead to any truthful or poetic expression that takes us beyond the storyline.

An Overview of the Biography ‘The Life of John Ruskin’ by W. G. COLLINGWOOD

John Ruskin as the famous Victorian era art critic, poet and prolific prose artist has already earned a special place in context to the discussion of modern artworks and criticism. This elaborate biography- The Life of John Ruskin by W. G. Collingwood is a critical discussion on Ruskin’s life, work and influence is a decisive work to understand his life, time and works.

The Book One of the volume consisting of total 10 chapters dealt with various stages of An Overview of the Biography ‘The Life of John Ruskin’ by W. G. COLLINGWOODJohn Ruskin’s life, from the artist’s early childhood, his ancestry, childhood influences to his grooming as a prolific art critic and writer. In different chapters, his beginning as a prolific young poet, his early inclination towards nature worship, introduction to the modern works of art and paintings, his love affair and marriage, the detailed account of getting prize and accolades from Oxford and his growing delusion with the aristocratic circle around him and his deteriorating health condition have documented with details.

The Book Two of the volume basically dealt with the art criticism that he is so well known of. His admiring criticism of Turner’s works continued and he expressed the close links of the painter’s works with that of the ancients. His seminal work named Modern Art have been discussed in the first chapter, followed by his work on Christian art, a study on Gothic Era architectural works named as Seven Lamps, a book on artworks and architectural works of Venice, work on pre Raphael era art and lastly, his great volumes of lectures on several subjects ranging from political economy of art to the continued aesthetic discourse on emerging expressions of modern art.

Book Three of this authoritative biographical work dealt with the most matured topics of interest of the artist. As the author expressed, following the publication of the last installment of his seminal work Modern Painters, Ruskin began to utilize art criticism as a vehicle to talk about major polemic topics including religion, ethics and economics. From this time, as the author expressed, he took art as more of a text rather than his focused theme. Facing the intensely intimidating war and political scenario in the late 19th century Europe, he developed a political and social doctrine that would continue to find an audience across niches from all over the world. His expressed role as a hermit and heretic at this stage of life has been well documented and discussed here.

From little boy poet to becoming as the most important art critic of his time to his ultimate transformation in the role of a hermit and heretic lecturing on ethics and social issues, the book captured this prodigious author in totality. This has been far beyond the mere biographical accounts as it incorporated his artistic wisdom, almost all his subtle leaning and interests and his greater social and philosophical vision beyond the discourse on art and artworks. In that sense this elaborate biography inherits the great tradition of looking at the life of a prodigy with a broader vision of his historical contribution and his influence on the future of art beyond the lived experience of his time.

John Ruskin throughout the latter half of the Nineteenth century and beyond was considered as an original thinker on art who took his discussion on modern art to the level of a refined discourse that influenced generations of thinkers, artists and critics. Naturally, taking a closer look at his life, time, major influences and accolades, the development of his thoughts, his works and his continuing legacy is a hilarious task that W.G Collingwood as the author of this work succeeded to reach through.

The book deserves positive attention and praise for incorporating a scientific approach to the analysis of the insinuations that led to the development of the latest approaches and thoughts. This typical psychoanalytical focus on the relatively unnoticeable happenings in the artist’s life gave the book a novelistic charm. Collingwood discussed his thoughts and artistic leanings, not just from typical biographers approach, but tried to dig into the relevant influences in his life, time and influences that shaped those thoughts. Deciphering the artistic wisdom of a prodigy like John Ruskin ( not only requires years of scholarly meditation on the author’s work, but also an expansive study on the history of art in general. This authoritative and scholarly study achieved this mastery of artistic wisdom and analysis to the right degree.

About the Book ‘The Mystery of the Sea’ by Bram Stoker

The mystery lies in our perception of things around us rather than in the things themselves. That is a subjective way to approach mystery, but the author Bram Stoker before beginning with his spiritual search for mystery tried to dwindle around some mysterious visions on the sea shore. The vision was not entirely his, because another strange lady of considerable mystery around her also saw the same thing on the sea shore. The novel began with this dilemma of two similar visions enticed with two different individual perceptions. The vision about carrying of a coffin by two elderly persons was ephemeral and hallucinatory in character that ultimately led the subsequent interest by our protagonist. The novel, About the Book ‘The Mystery of the Sea’ by Bram StokerThe Mystery of the Sea by Bram Stoker, revolved around the supernatural reality perceived by some of the characters, including our protagonist and subsequent revelation of the underlying mystery. In that sense, this novel deals with a philosophical theme of the supernatural underlying the so called reality around us.

Bram Stoker in his narrative could enliven the inherent tension pertaining to the search for the truth behind the mystery throughout and that alone gave the novel an undisputed excellence. Unlike other great novels that in trying to deal with a vague, mysterious vision and subsequent revelation gets caught in the traps of falsified imageries and cliché narrative explanations, this one could make it sound exceptionally precise and devoid of any common clichés. As readers, we can really enjoy some breathtaking moments between the pages and there has hardly been a moment when the storyline failed to stick to our attention. For a novel, this alone is a great achievement and it is even more because of the complexity of the theme and storyline in this novel.

What the revelation is all about? Does it have any philosophical vision? Is it at all relevant to the reader apart from the context of the story? These questions are sublime in judging for the merit of the novel. To be honest, besides the good and fairly engaging narrative that never missed its ground under the feet, the novel in dealing with the supernatural aspects and revelation could not add any valuable philosophical statement. The vision it constantly talks of is very relative and esoteric in nature and the author seemed to be fairly inept in addressing this esotericism in all its importance and relevance. In spite of the characters playing convincing roles and constantly shredding lights on the mysterious things that are taking place on the sea shore, the light could never enlighten the bottom of their very existence and their search. In that respect we can only say that the novel remained philosophical only on the surface level.

It reminds me a little bit of Graham Greene ( in some aspects of the novel, particularly in the typical laid back lifestyle and grave tone of the protagonist. Yes to confront unexpected visions and get drenched in them one needs to be well composed and develop a kind of passivity about the life around. That relaxed and passive way of looking at things alone helps uncover many aspects of life otherwise unknown or unattended. Even though the novelist gave every situation its required clarity along with the composed, laid back pace of looking at things at length, sometimes we could not help but feeling the utter monotony of revolving around the same cacophony of signs relating to the mystery. All we feel at such times is that the author could be a little creative in incorporating a variety of settings rather than just sticking to the series of events on the same ladder of developments.

Finally, judging the tonality, expressions, engaging storytelling and narrative of the novel, it can well be recommended for the readers who have an uncanny knack for themes related to existential mysteries. But then, the reader should expect only an ephemeral perception of the mystery rather than a strongly grounded enquiry in deciphering the mysterious signs in life and things as we often find in Becket’s novels and other short writings. The present enquiry itself is dramatically entertaining and praiseworthy for engaging the reader until the last lines. But, since the novelist has been successful in building expectation with his gritty narrative, we naturally fancy the limits he could have broken through.

A Brief Review of the Book Youth of Becket by Charlotte Mary Yonge

Thomas Becket known also as Saint Thomas of Canterbury was a Christian saint, archbishop and martyr widely venerated by both the Anglicans and the Catholic Church. This vivid account of his life and great deeds dealt with various historical facts closely associated with his influence and deeds. He is still cited as one of the rare examples of Christian saints who had elaborate conflict with the political hegemony of kings and in spite of death came victorious by influencing the population with conviction and faith. Author Charlotte Mary Yonge did a great job in presenting one of the most revered Irish saints who long after his death continued to be regarded as legend among the Christians all over the world.

The challenge in writing such a vivid account of a monk of Middle Ages lies not only in the demands of accurate historical research but also in coming to terms with the already existing and different biographical accounts written over the ages. Yes, the legendary figure of Thomas Becket had been subject to a long series of biographies over the ages. A majority of these works have primarily been written by his contemporaries while there are few that had been undertaken by the Christian scholars and authors of later era. In the book A Brief Review of the Book Youth of Becket by Charlotte Mary YongeYouth of Becket by Charlotte Mary Yonge, the author had been consistent with the historical facts provided by the majority of works by these erstwhile biographers. But she also proved her account, alternatively viable by venturing to decipher the historical events with their social and political context and in that respect this book offers enough food for thought for people interested in Christian history or political history in the Middle Age.

The book began without any direct reference to the subject of the book – the life of Archbishop Becket. The author tried to describe the detail social and political scenario in the then England and London, but made a mistake of not providing a few passages in introducing Becket to the context. This obviously had a toll on our attentiveness as readers because while going through the details of historical facts we try to figure out the connection between the life of Becket and the backdrop. It took quite a few passages to know the context and get to the theme of the book. The biggest fault of the book is that it just forgot to introduce the saint to the readers in the very beginning of the book. Introduction was necessary to present the biography and life of the saint to the wider audience. In other respects, the book showed enough merits drawing readers between these pages for various reasons.

Writing biography one should always venture to create the circumferences and situations the individual in question lived in and when it comes to medieval saints like Thomas Becket ( the task seems even harder as little authentic historical accounts you can actually depend except those volumes of staggering biographies dealing with his life in the manner of devout disciples of faith. The objective truth about the life and deeds of a great individual should be the focus of a biographer and wherever the author fails to maintain that he is likely to fall in the trap of following the clichés and so called established ideas. The challenge becomes even bigger with the life of important religious figures that for ages had been the source of inspiration for countless individuals. Often, the difference between the life of the great individual in question and his saint public image gets blurred over the years by the ‘larger than life’ accounts and mythical accounts of his life. That makes scientific and objective evaluation of the historical facts and individual harder for the scholars. The author of the present volume should particularly be praised as she could successfully avoid this mythical image of the saint while unveiling the prodigious deeds and historical importance of the saint.

The book, besides offering a highly sophisticated textual account of the political events and time of the saint, it also gave the reader a typical fictional charm in some parts. Writing in a storytelling pattern and offering engaging conversations between the characters, the book practically helps transcending the time to get a lively feel of the Middle Age, the then psyche of people and the overlapping historical events. The book in considering its lively style and brilliance of storytelling can easily be read as a good biographical novel. But, unlike most biographical novels the storytelling never actually distorted history and always remained true to the facts and historic truths. This rare combination of objective history and inspirational storytelling gave the work an aura of importance and reading pleasure.

Double eyelid surgery has many potential benefits.

This past month on The Talk, Julie Chen shared a personal secret that in the ‘90s while working at a TV station she was informed that she would never be on the anchor desk because she was Chinese.  Ms. Chen actually presented a very subtle and nuanced discussion about why she ultimately went forward with double fold surgery.  Her motivations were truly intermixed with both the racist attitudes of the day and the real reasons that many Asians seek double fold surgery.

Unfortunately the message is too subtle for mainstream American culture to understand.  They prefer to understand the Julie Chen story as a young Asian who was forced to compromise her cultural identity and have her eyes “Westernized,” so she could climb the ladder to success.  However, her story is much more layered than that.  She had a physical issue: she lacked a double fold and had upper eyelid ptosis.  These two physical issues are commonly seen in Asian eyelids.  Ptosis means that the upper eyelid margin is too low on the eye.  In addition to this she lacked an eyelid platform, which is a fixed area of skin above the upper eyelid lashes.  This platform of skin is needed to hold eye makeup.

She was advised by a high level agent, who knew what he was talking about, that these two issues would affect her marketability on television.  As she freely admits, her career took off after she had these physical issues addressed surgically.  Her pictures also suggest that she had rhinoplasty but she has denied this.  Make no mistake, she did not “Westernize” her eyelids.  What she did was make it possible for others to see her eyes, which improved and enhanced her physical attractiveness.  This small surgery made a huge difference in her career.  Her surgery was a specialized Asian cosmetic eyelid surgery.

Double Eyelid Surgery

Asian blepharoplasty, also known as “double eyelid surgery” and “double fold surgery”, is cosmetic eyelid surgery that either creates an eyelid platform and an upper eyelid fold where none existed or improves an existing double fold.  Scientific research has found that the eyes contribute significantly to the subjective assessment of beauty. While the perception of beauty is subjective, evolutionary neuropsychologists have found certain Universal standards of beauty including eyes that are larger, wider and more prominent.  The upper eyelid crease serves to frame the eye and together with the aid of proper makeup, the appearance of the eye is esthetically enhanced.  In contrast, the lack of a double fold with a well-defined upper eyelid platform, a droopy eyelid contribute to a slow, dull, or disinterested appearance.   Double fold surgery is used to define an upper eyelid platform.  It is limited superiorly by the crease and covered by the upper eyelid fold.  The goal is preservation of the typical Asian eyelid with a limited but well define and even platform visible below the fold.  It is essential that there be a fold that partially covers the upper eyelid platform.  The platform skin and the muscle underlying the platform skin needs to be properly tensioned to the levator aponeurosis, the tendon that opens the upper eyelid.  This transfers tension to the eyelashes.  Done correctly, this helps support the eyelashes so they do not overly shade the eye.  This contributes to a bright-eyed appearance.

The Procedure

It is far too easy to underestimate the challenges of double fold surgery.  Double fold surgery is an exercise in extreme precision and finesse.  No two eyelids are symmetric, yet our vision is capable discerning small difference between the eyes.  This requires the surgeon to endeavor for a level of accuracy that is actually beyond what can reasonably be expected due to how the tissues heal.  Dealing with this conundrum requires artfulness.  The pre-operative assessment must be very detailed to design a surgery that encompasses the issues that must be addressed to realize the best possible outcome.

Beyond the lack of a fold, the true upper eyelid position must be assessed to determine if the eyelid is ptotic or droopy.  Correcting this requires ptosis surgery, which is separate from what is normally thought of as double fold surgery-the creation of an upper eyelid crease and the removal of the correct amount of upper eyelid skin.  During the assessment, the surgeon in consultation with the patient needs to decide how much platform is to show below the upper eyelid fold.  The crease height then needs to be determined.  Many textbooks describe how the upper eyelid crease should be placed at 10 mm for women.  This is far too high for double fold.  These eyelids need creases at 5.5 to 6.5 mm.  The eyelid crease is the lower edge of the upper eyelid excision.  The upper edge of this excision is determinied by how much skin is being removed.  This is determined by the desired platform show.  It is not unusual to only remove a few millimeters of upper eyelid skin with these surgeries. What is left is far more important than what is removed.

Generally almost no fat is removed from the upper eyelid in these surgeries.  It is actually very important to preserve upper fold volume.  Classical anchor blepharoplasty is then performed to precisely attach the upper cut edge of the eyelid platform to the levator aponeurosis. The levator aponeurosis is the tendon of the upper eyelid that raises the upper eyelid when the eye opens.  When the platform is precisely defined, the skin and underlying platform of the upper eyelid heals with a snug appearance, which makes a suitable place for eye makeup.

Initially the swelling of the upper eyelid makes the upper eyelid crease look high.  If this is not the case, it may be an early indication that too much skin was left in the eyelid.  Generally within a couple of weeks of surgery, there is enough healing that strangers stop asking what happened.  Generally it is a couple of months of healing before the crease begins to fall to a reasonable height.  However, it is still many more months before all of the swelling disappears and a final result can reasonably be declared.

Repairing Unsatisfactory Work

World famous Beverly Hills Eye Plastic Surgeon, Kenneth Steinsapir, M.D. does amazing double fold surgery.  Perhaps more remarkable is the repair work that he is able to accomplish to correct improperly done double fold surgery.  The methods he uses are complex and often designed for unique individual situations.  Using his vast experience and his detailed understand of the Asian eyelid, he has been successful in repairing and improving eyelids that others have described as impossible and beyond hope.

The Impact

Undergoing a double fold surgery can make a tremendous difference in your appearance.  It can correct puffiness in the upper eyelids that causes the eyes to appear tired.  When needed, this work can be combined with ptosis surgery to create a much brighter looking eye.   For many, it will help increase their level of confidence in themselves.  The story of Julie Chen exemplifies the impact this type of surgery can make. It is not about Westernizing the eyelid.  It is about your personal aesthetic to be your best.

Treatment Rehabilitation for Addiction

Treatment rehabilitation is a combination of medical care and restoration. People affected by alcoholism and drug addiction, can’t get better unless these two phenomena’s work together. You literally can’t have one without the other.

Treatment – Medical and Emotional Care

Treatment and rehabilitation involves the physical treatment of the disease and the lifestyle changes addicts need to get better.

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, treatment for addictions may include “medications, behavioral therapies, or their combination.” Treatment is initially required, and rehabilitation is what is necessary for long-term help for the alcoholic or drug user to gain control of their addictions and restore their lives to what they once were.

They go on to say that there are different approaches to the treatment of addictions. They can include cognitive-behavioral therapy or contingency management, or medications. The type of treatment or combination varies on what the patient needs and what drug(s) they’re addicted to.

It’s interesting to note that according to their website, the effects are the same on the brain with prescription drug abuse as they are with illicit drugs. A treatment for heroin addiction, buprenorphine, can be used to treat opioid pain medication addiction.

Treatment and rehabilitation cross over each other in that the treatments given for addiction also help with rehabilitation. However there are other steps involved in the rehabilitation process.


Treatment Rehabilitation – the Long and Short of Addiction

Treatment is given in the initial stages, but is only short-term, while rehabilitation is a long-term process.

Rehabilitation is a process the addict has to go through during and after treatment to stop the substance abuse, and restore themselves to a satisfactory condition.

Since drug and alcohol addiction is a chronic disease, it is categorized by relapses. So a short one time only treatment is not enough. For a lot of addicts, treatment rehabilitation is a long process that includes regular monitoring and multiple interventions.

Rehabilitation Treatment

To help addicts rehabilitate and treat their disease they need ongoing rehabilitation treatment. This involves a variety of actions. Sometimes they need to take prescriptions, particularly if they are also dealing with depression, along with other ways of learning to cope.

Addiction often stems from what is called self-medicating, which is taking drugs or alcohol without medical supervision. People often self-medicate because they want to feel better emotionally and physically, or to suppress unpleasant memories.

Rehabilitation Treatments

This involves counselling and sharing experiences with other addicts. People afflicted with addictions need to get to the heart of how and why their addiction started. Often it is because they are running from current or past situations that they don’t want to deal with.

Addicts can’t get better until they are consciously aware of what these issues are. Then they can take the necessary steps to deal with them. With the help of trained professional or others experienced and knowledgeable with the real life feelings and lifestyle of an addict.

Eventually the rehabilitation treatments will get addicts healthy again, but only after a lot of hard work.

Family Medical Budget with an RX Discount Card

Money is tight for many people nowadays, and issues over money can cause serious stress on couples and families. Unfortunately people might feel like they need to choose between their health and a full bank account, but this is not true. People can save money on their healthcare costs through many means, including using a prescription or RX discount card. Here are a few ways families can save money on health and medical costs.

Check healthcare coverage:
The choice does not need to be money or health: it is possible to have both

Whether a person is eligible for Medicare (run by the Federal government) or Medicaid (run by the State government) depends on several factors, including age, pre-existing conditions, and income. No matter what healthcare coverage a person has through government programs or through their work, they should always read and ask questions about what medical procedures are covered under their plan, how much premiums are, and how much they have to copay for said procedures. Whether a person has an RX discount card for prescriptions or not, knowing exactly what is covered under a person’s healthcare plan means being able to be informed about a person’s financial and medical health.

Talk to professional medical care staff

Some people might assume that if they get sick or run into a health scare they have to pay whatever price is available and that there are no other options for treatments, but this is not always the case. It is important for people to ask their doctors, pharmacists, and any other medical care staff they interact with questions about their health, and any medical problems that may arise. Find out if there are lower cost treatment or prescription medications that can be taken to help with any medical problems. Ask if a free RX discount card can be used for current medical prescriptions. No matter what the issue is, people should ask questions and raise concerns if they are worried about choosing between their health and their financial wellbeing.

Improve health and lifestyle

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that 7 out of 10 top causes of death in the United States are for preventable diseases like diabetes, heart attacks, and cancer. For many people, making positive changes to exercise more, eat a better diet, improve sleep, quit smoking, and reduce alcohol intake will greatly improve their quality of life—and help lower their risk of getting most of these preventable diseases. While up front it might seem more expensive to eat a healthy salad than to splurge for fast food, by preventing illness through healthy habits people are saving money in the long run, and they are investing into their own wellbeing. Even if someone does get sick, they can get a free RX discount card. This card is available to anyone online and can be used to help save people money on prescription medication costs—sometimes up to 80% off the listed price. While it might not seem like a big deal, these changes can make a drastic improvement in a person’s health and, eventually, in their wallet as well.

Getting Help for Alcohol Dependency at Treatment Centers for Alcohol

Alcohol and substance abuse affects millions of people, from different backgrounds and beliefs, all across the country. The reasons for alcohol dependency will vary from person to person, and with every situation. Some people may naturally be predisposed to alcoholism because of their genetic background, but alcohol dependency is also influenced by social, psychological, and environmental factors. While research has been done on alcohol abuse the truth is that the reasons for a person’s alcohol dependency is likely a very complicated. Getting help for alcohol dependency can one of the hardest things a person may have to do, but treatment centers for alcohol can help people in long process in making a full recovery from alcohol dependency.

TreatmentCentersForAlcohol                                           It can be hard work, but recovery from alcoholism is possible.

Family and friends may be overwhelmed when dealing with a loved one who has a problem with alcohol dependency. Feeling overwhelmed and stress however is a perfectly natural response. Family, friends, and colleagues may want what is best, but dealing with a person who has alcohol dependency it is important to seek professional help. People with an alcohol dependency have an addiction to the substance, and for them seeking a full recovery is not something that can occur overnight. Many people with alcohol dependencies may want to get help, but may not know where to turn. Seeking treatment at treatment centers for alcohol is the first step in a long road recovery from alcohol dependency.

Just as the reasons for alcohol dependency cab be attributed to many factors and will vary on the person involved so will that person’s treatment for alcohol dependency. It is important for anyone who has a loved one, family member, friend, or colleague to understand how to best approach the subject of treatment and recovery for someone with alcohol dependency. Being too forceful could potentially cause the person to act defensively, lash out, and refuse treatment. Backing off and not doing anything will mean the person will not get the treatment they need. Seeking help at treatment centers for alcohol should the goal, but unless it is legally required the person with alcohol dependency could refuse treatment. Of course this is not the goal, so it is important the subject of treatment and recovery to not to be brought up in a negative way.

A person may want to approaches someone who suffers from alcohol dependency and insist he or she should go to treatment centers for alcohol right away, but this could cause problems. It might be best for people with loved ones suffering from alcohol dependency to go to a support group meeting. Speaking to other people who have gone through similar circumstances can help people choose what type of treatment recovery option might be best for their loved one. They can also help that person choose the best course of action when approaching someone about their alcohol dependency and treatment. They can help that person choose the best treatment option for their recovery, and offer the support they need through their recovery journey.

Some Ways to Ease the Cost of Medication

Medicine, like many useful things, is expensive. Depending on the drug, medication can cost hundreds or even thousands of dollars a month. Even less costly drugs can build up a large bill over time if they are a regularly recurring expense. Insurance can help alleviate the cost of medication, but the fact is that if your well-being depends on a particularly expensive drug, or if you know that you will be taking your medication long-term, you will want to find as many ways as possible to reduce your prescription costs. You will also want to supplement your money-saving strategies with a free prescription discount card. Here are a few things to try:

Shop Around

Not all pharmacies are created equal. When your doctor hands you a prescription, it may not be in your best interest to simply fill it at your local pharmacy. If you need your medication immediately, phone around the pharmacies in your area to find out which one has the best price for the medication that you need. If it’s a regular medication and you can wait to receive it, online and mail-order pharmacies often have better pricing than regular pharmacies. Make certain that the pharmacy you choose accepts your free prescription discount card and save even more money with a discount.


Buy Generic

Many drugs come in two types: brand name and generic. There is very little difference in the actual composition of the drug, and the active ingredients are chemically identical. The difference is that the brands that make generic drugs do not advertise or market their drugs, and often sell them in plainer packaging. This means that you will pay quite a bit less for the product. A free prescription discount card will still reduce the price on generic drugs, adding to your savings.

Find a Good Discount Program

The discount card programs discussed above can be found through a number of sources. To find one that works for you, just look around. Your doctor or pharmacist may know of a program that offers free prescription discount cards and will most likely be willing to help you out. Your friends and family may already be using a card to help with medication expenses and will be happy to point you in the right direction. An internet search is also a good idea. Many discount cards don’t even require you to sign up; you simply print off the card and you’re good to go. Find one that works at the pharmacies you are most likely to use.

Peace of Mind for the Whole Family

Medicine is expensive and you never know when you or someone in your family is going to need it. Even if you have an insurance plan, you may be able to find ways to reduce the cost of your medication. Whether you’re dealing with a sick spouse or a child who needs constant care, every little bit helps. When it’s time for a trip to the pharmacy, it helps to be prepared with a free prescription discount card.