Top 4 Ways To Boost Your Self Esteem During Recovery}

Submitted by: Amy Rothermel

During recovery, its important to stay positive. Feelings of self-doubt make it more likely that youll have a relapse.

Of course, it can be hard not to have those feelings during recovery. Now that youre seeking the help you need, you may have a lot of friends, family, and co-workers who know the secret of your addiction that youve kept so long. This may make you feel embarrassed, or like people are judging you.

Dont. Never forget that getting the help you needed took a lot of strength. Youre a strong person.

Here are a few other tips you can use to improve your self-esteem during recovery:


There isnt any reason to be ashamed of your situation. No one is judging you for trying to get better.

Think about it like this: if you discovered that someone you knew was struggling with addiction, and now theyre trying to get clean, how would you feel? Would you think they were inferior in some way? No, of course not.

Everyone has their own problems that they have to deal with you would just hope that they can find a way to get better. Thats the way people think of you, so thats the way you should think of yourself as well.


Youve heard it a million times before: you must always be aware of your triggers, recovery is never really over, etc.

Yeah, thats true. But just because recovery is never really over doesnt mean you havent already accomplished a lot. You should be proud of yourself and celebrate your accomplishments. Take your significant other out on a date. Call up some friends and plan a road trip to the beach. Youve made a lot of progress, and you should commemorate that.


Its clear that once you get out of detox/rehab, you should stop hanging out with the crowd that you used to do drugs with.

You should take this logic one step further and also avoid every other negative influence in your life. You have no need for cynicism right now. Only spend your time with people who are positive and support you 100%. Dont feel guilty for cutting anyone off whos not willing to give you that.


Most of addiction recovery is focused on the mental side of things you know, being aware of your thoughts and knowing how to stop yourself from falling into the same destructive cycles, that kind of thing.

But your physical health is also an important part of addiction recovery. If your body feels good, thatll help your mind feel good too.

You need to make an effort to take care of yourself, physically. Drink more water. Eat more vegetables. Go for a run every now and then.

Better yet, make an exercise schedule for yourself. Having your workout routine organized will help you stick with it.

About the Author: As Financial Director and co-owner of Alpine Recovery Lodge (

), Amy is very involved in the finances and marketing operations. A graduate of Nevada State with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration, Amy also took Masters level math, finance and economics classes at UCSD. She is committed to the business end of daily operations and strives to use her knowledge of business processes to encourage the continued growth of Alpine Recovery Lodge. She works with insurance companies to get the most possible coverage available for the residents.


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Canada’s Beaches—East York (Ward 32) city council candidates speak

Canada’s Beaches—East York (Ward 32) city council candidates speak

This exclusive interview features first-hand journalism by a Wikinews reporter. See the collaboration page for more details.

Friday, November 3, 2006

On November 13, Torontonians will be heading to the polls to vote for their ward’s councillor and for mayor. Among Toronto’s ridings is Beaches—East York (Ward 32). Four candidates responded to Wikinews’ requests for an interview. This ward’s candidates include Donna Braniff, Alan Burke, Sandra Bussin (incumbent), William Gallos, John Greer, John Lewis, Erica Maier, Luca Mele, and Matt Williams.

For more information on the election, read Toronto municipal election, 2006.


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Installing Sammy Screws With The Lagmaster Plus

By Jeffrey Richard

For some time now, several manufactures have been making one piece threaded rod hanger screws for supporting threaded rod from the ceiling. These hangers are basically a large screw with a rod coupler built on. These rod hanger assemblies are fast, economical and easy to install and most have the full compliment of FM and UL listings.

This article will cover how to install Sammy Screws from the floor using a tool called a Lagmaster plus. This tool is usually consists of two poles, an inner and an outer pole, held together with a hitch pin that allows for the two sections to extend to go from 6 to 12. On one end you will find a hex shank to chuck into a cordless drill, and the other end will have a receptacle to accommodate the threaded rod hanger.

The first step in using the lagmaster plus it to decide which Sammy Screw you will use You will need to select the correct type of Sammy Screw for your application. If you are going into wood, you will want to consider if there is a layer of drywall or even two so you can select a screw that will get in an inch or so. If you are going into metal, make sure you are using the right screw to match the metal. Some of the self drilling screw work well in thin gage metal others will work better in heavier metal These are important things to consider to make sure you are not exceeding safe working loads. You will be able to choose from Sammy Screws able to handle , 3/8 and rod although some tools may not handle the rod.

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The next step is to set the pole tool to the proper length. Many times the 6 length is ideal but you can extend the pole in foot increments, just by removing the hitch pin, sliding the inner sleeve out and replacing the hitch pin. The tool will extend out to 12 giving you a reach of around 18. Longer lag pole tools are available including models that extend from 8-24.

Once you have your pole length set, attach a cordless drill to the end of the pole. Most 14 volt tools today will drive the tool just fine, but an 18 volt may be in order if you are driving a lot of longer rod hanger screws.

Now, cut your threaded rod to length and screw it onto the threaded rod hanger screw. You may want to use a wrench and channel locks to snug the rod to the screw. Slide the threaded rod down the center of the lag pole until the rod hanger screw seats into the driver. You will note the driver is recessed. The purpose of the is to keep you from snapping the head off the rod hanger screw. It will simply slip off the screw when it is set deep enough.

Carefully raise the tool to the work surface. Your may concern will likely be not damaging any ceiling grid if it is in place or ramming the tool into any lights. Hold the screw against the surface and pull the trigger, slowly at first just like you were setting the rod hanger screw with a socket. You will notice the whole shaft spins, it really is just an extra long socket. Spin the drill until the Sammy Screw sets and pull the pole down from the surface.

You now have your threaded rod exposed, ready to hang your pipe hanger or whatever fixture you need to hang.

About the Author: The author has been invovled with all the trades on a training, sales and design basis for over 15 years. You can find

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French fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent dead at 71

French fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent dead at 71

Sunday, June 1, 2008

Yves Saint-Laurent, one of the major fashion designers of the 20th century, died Sunday evening of cancer at the age of 71, after four decades at the top of his profession. Friends say he died while at his home in Paris, France.

Saint-Laurent was born Yves Henri Donat Dave Mathieu-Saint-Laurent on August 1, 1936 in Oran, Algeria. Saint-Laurent was famous for designing women’s clothing and at age 21 he became the head designer for the company House of Dior. He was hired to take the place of the late Christian Dior, who died in 1957.

He retired from his job there and ultimately left the fashion industry in 2002, but not before starting his own clothing line and shop with Pierre Berge in 1962. It was once rumored that woman who wore his newly designed pantsuits were not allowed to eat at restaurants or stay in hotels in New York City and London, England.

“Fashion was not only supposed to make women beautiful, but to reassure them, to give them confidence, to allow them to come to terms with themselves,” Saint-Laurent once said.

Saint-Laurent not only fought the effects of cancer, but through the years dealt with drug use and depression.

“I’ve known fear and terrible solitude. Tranquilizers and drugs, those phony friends. The prison of depression and hospitals. I’ve emerged from all this, dazzled but sober,” stated Saint-Laurent.

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Tips for Saving Money on Auto Insurance


Jamie Jefferson

Not having auto insurance can bring big financial (and possibly even legal) troubles. But auto insurance can be costly. Fortunately, there are plenty of ways you can save money and still get good coverage.

Saving money starts with knowing your policy. Many times insurance companies try to squeeze in extras that just tack on more money to the bill. The first step is to look over your policy to make sure you are not being charged for anything that you do not want or need.

It also helps to understand insurance in general, as well as your state insurance laws. Most states have minimum coverages. You should know this and make sure your policy includes at least these coverage amounts.

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Additionally, your deductible (the amount you must pay out of pocket before your insurance kicks in) greatly affects your cost. Try to go with the highest deductible possible. This will help a lot, but you should also choose a deductible that you could actually afford (just in case).

Once you understand your policy, you can save bundles by shopping around. Many insurance companies will give you quotes for simply filling out forms online. There are also some companies that will allow you to fill out one form and get a variety of quotes from different companies. Keep in mind, though, when you give them your information you will likely start getting contacted, either through email or by phone, so make sure to read the fine print and opt out of any mailing lists.

Above all else, the best way to get a good rate on auto insurance is to have a good driving record and a good credit record. Insurance companies base their rates on both of these factors, so the better they are, the lower price you’ll get.

Insurance companies use many factors when deciding what to charge you. The ones above you can do something about and you can take control. There are some factors such as your age and location that you can not really do anything about, but if you take care of the things you can do something about, you will greatly lower your insurance costs.

Saving money on auto insurance is something everyone wants to do. Nobody likes shelling out a large sum each month for insurance. But when you need it, you will find it was well worth the cost. It is far less expensive to carry insurance then to pay out of pocket after an accident.

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Wikinews interviews John Taylor Bowles, National Socialist Order of America candidate for US President

Wikinews interviews John Taylor Bowles, National Socialist Order of America candidate for US President

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

While nearly all cover of the 2008 Presidential election has focused on the Democratic and Republican candidates, the race for the White House also includes independents and third party candidates. These parties represent a variety of views that may not be acknowledged by the major party platforms.

As a non-partisan news source, Wikinews has impartially reached out to these candidates, throughout the campaign. The most recent of our interviews is Laurens, South Carolina‘s John Taylor Bowles. Mr. Bowles is running with the endorsement of the National Socialist Order of America, a Minnesota-based Neo-Nazi party created after a recent rift in the National Socialist Movement.



Smoke from massive warehouse fire in Buffalo, New York USA can be seen 40 miles away

Smoke from massive warehouse fire in Buffalo, New York USA can be seen 40 miles away

Monday, May 14, 2007

Buffalo, New York — A massive warehouse complex of at least 5 buildings caught on fire in Buffalo, New York on 111 Tonawanda Street, sending a plume of thick, jet black colored smoke into the air that could be seen as far away as 40 miles.

As of 6:40 a.m., the fire was under control, and firefighters were attempting to stop it from spreading, but could not get to the center of the fire because of severe amounts of debris. Later in the morning, the fire was extinguished.

“The fire is mostly under debris at this point. It’s under control, but it’s under some debris. We really can’t get to it. We’re just going to have to keep on pouring water on it so it doesn’t spread,” said Thomas Ashe, the fire chief for the North Buffalo based fire division who also added that at one point, at least 125 firefighters were on the scene battling the blaze. One suffered minor injures and was able to take himself to the hospital to seek medical attention.

Shortly after 8:00 p.m. as many as 3 explosions rocked the warehouse sending large mushroom clouds of thick black smoke into the air. After the third explosion, heat could be felt more than 100 feet away. The fire started in the front, one story building then quickly spread to three others, but fire fighters managed to stop the flames from spreading onto the 3 story building all the way at the back.

According to a Buffalo Police officer, who wished not to be named, the fire began at about 7:00 p.m. [Eastern time], starting as a one alarm fire. By 8:00 p.m., three fire companies were on the scene battling the blaze. Police also say that a smaller fire was reported in the same building on Saturday night, which caused little damage.

At the start of the fire, traffic was backed up nearly 4 miles on the 198 expressway going west toward the 190 Interstate and police had to shut down the Tonawanda street exit because the road is too close to the fire.

At one point, traffic on the 198 was moving so slow, at least a dozen people were seen getting out of their cars and walking down the expressway to watch the fire. That prompted as many as 10 police cars to be dispatched to the scene to force individuals back into their cars and close off one of the 2 lanes on the westbound side.

One woman, who wished not to be named as she is close to the owner of the warehouse, said the building is filled with “classic cars, forklifts, and money” and that owner “does not have insurance” coverage on the property. The building is not considered abandoned, but firefighters said that it is vacant.

Officials in Fort Erie, Ontario were also swamped with calls to fire departments when the wind blew the smoke over the Niagra River and into Canada.

It is not known what caused the fire, but a car is suspected to have caught on fire and there are reports from police and hazmat crews, that there were also large barrels of diesel fuel being stored in one building. Firefighters say the cause of the blaze is being treated as “suspicious.” The ATF is investigating the fire and will bring dogs in to search the debris.

Despite passage of bailout bill, two US states may need loans

Despite passage of bailout bill, two US states may need loans

Sunday, October 5, 2008

Despite the passage of a 700 billion USD bill by the United States House of Representatives on Friday and the Senate on Wednesday, two U.S. states may need loans totaling over 14 billion dollars.

California and Massachusetts are seeking at least 7 billion dollars each from the federal government as loans. Officials and lawmakers in both states say that the loans would be temporary.

According to Massachusetts’ state treasurer, Timothy P. Cahill, the state was unable to borrow money last week on a short term loan. He also states that the state can afford to pay its bills and debts for the next few weeks, but not beyond that without a short-term loan from the government. Cahill has asked the federal government for a loan similar to the recent one passed by Congress and the Senate.

“That’s all we would ask them to do: Treat us like the investment banks,” said Cahill to the Associated Press.

Officials in California say they need an emergency loan, or they will run out of money by the end of October. California’s governor, Arnold Schwarzenegger said the state is “not out of the woods” and needs a short term loan from the government.

“California and other states may be unable to obtain the necessary level of financing to maintain government operations and may be forced to turn to the federal treasury for short-term financing,” said Schwarzenegger in a letter to the Treasury Department, which is taking the letter under consideration.

On Friday, the U.S. House of Representative voted to pass a revised bailout bill which included raising the FDIC insurance cap to $250,000, a move designed to please progressives. However, the $110 billion in tax breaks, earmarks and what has been called pork barrel spending is not offset by any increases in revenues and has added opposition to the bill from some Representatives in the House. Earmarks added into the bailout bill included $192 million in tax rebates for the Virgin Islands rum industry, $148 million in tax cuts for the wool industry, $100 million tax cuts to the auto racing industry, and $48 million in Hollywood tax incentives, among others.

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