7 Habits of an Addict About to Relapse

Many addicts in recovery that are nearing a relapse episode exhibit predictable and identifiable habits and behaviors before the actual relapse occurs. Recognition of these habits is critical in order for people in recovery and their loved ones to take decisive and immediate action to prevent the relapse. This is especially important considering the potential consequences of each new relapse episode: prison, violence, bankruptcy, death. Relapse prevention isn’t just about stopping someone from using again; it’s about saving a life.

The following are 7 behaviors that many addicts exhibit prior to and/or during the early stages of a relapse:

1.) Withdrawal/Isolation

A person in recovery who is on the verge of relapse will likely become withdrawn and purposefully isolate other people around them. This is particularly true of people that will not support or condone a return to drug use or drinking. This could be evidenced by spending less time with family members, staying out later at night than normal or not coming home, and by seeming withdrawn and quiet when others are present.

2.) Decline in Hygiene/Productivity

There is often a lack of care and concern when a relapse is imminent. Meaning, less attention is paid to personal hygiene details, exercise programs are abandoned, employment or educational inefficiencies or neglect occurs, and regular household upkeep suffers. These are all common signs of an addict who is beginning to care less and less about trying to maintain a legitimate lifestyle.

3.) Glorification of Substance Abuse

An addict that is unhappy with or neglectful of their recovery will often yearn for the days when they used drugs or drank. They may talk about using and relive their past drug use in the form of stories, anecdotes and comments that make it clear that they miss those times, despite the severe consequences they suffered as a result. (Levels of Relapse Warning Signs, T. Gorski)

4.) Reconnecting

An early warning of relapse is when a person in recovery begins to reconnect with friends or acquaintances they used drugs or drank with. This refers mainly to individuals who are potentially still using drugs or those who do not support recovery/sobriety. These reconnections are especially troubling when the person in question has withdrawn from people that DO support their recovery.

5.) Engaging in Risky Behavior

An addict in recovery that is about to relapse will often exhibit abnormally risky behavior. This could include extreme sports or other athletic activities, promiscuity, excessive speeding and other dangerous activities. Engaging in behaviors such as these fills a certain need for excitement and euphoria, but for most addicts in recovery the only euphoria that will satiate them is a return to their drug of choice.

6.) Secretive

As people in recovery get closer to relapse, they sometimes become secretive; carefully guarding their phone or computer, remaining tight-lipped concerning where they go, who they’re with, etc. Often at this stage the relapse has already begun and secrecy is required in order to conceal it.

7.) Abandoning Treatment

Addicts in recovery usually engage in some type of ongoing treatment as part of a relapse prevention program. This can take many forms, but when people in recovery are nearing a relapse episode, they often abandon these types of treatment with little explanation. When combined with any or all of the behaviors outlined above, it’s likely that for these people, relapse is imminent. (Carole Bennett, M.A. 6 Common Relapse Triggers PsychologyToday.com)

If you recognize these signs in yourself or someone you love who is in recovery, taking swift action is critical. This should begin by addressing the issue directly with the individual, and escalate to involve the person’s support network, treatment specialists and if needed, an interventionist.

Debunking 5 Myths About Why IT Leasing Is Bad for Business

Our previous article on the Top three worst excuses to avoid IT leasing exposed the most common excuses that we hear for not leasing IT gear from a policy point of view, but what about from a practical point of view? Are the reasons companies and SME’s give for not leasing really valid?

1. “Won’t it end up costing me more?”

No, monthly payments will pretty much always total up to more than the equipment costs to buy – but this is a very one-dimensional view. When it comes to business, the total paid doesn’t always equate to the total cost. Sounds like some weird quantum maths going on… However, when you take into account the differences in tax exemption between leasing and buying, the cost of upkeep and the expense of flogging your obsolete equipment on the secondary market, leasing tends to work out cheaper.

2. “It’s better to own my equipment”

Not true! Keeping in mind what’s best for business, the main problem is: What’s the real benefit of owning the equipment outright? In the knowledge that it will become out-dated in three years!

Intuition tells you that an asset owned is better than an asset borrowed, but in this case it is not true. In your industry, if you own the asset, the onus is on you to keep it in good working order and to shift it once it is redundant – a headache no one wants to deal with. Besides, do you have the technical expertise to refurbish the equipment for the secondary market or will it more likely end up in the skip? A Financial Services provider worth its salt will offer to buy your IT deadweight and dispose of your redundant hardware free-of-charge.

3. “I’d have less visibility over leased equipment”

Exactly the opposite! You are handing over the time-consuming and complex management and oversight to a supplier – but you see everything through one window, with IT leasing losing an overview is not the case. Software allows you to manage and keep track of your entire IT ecosystem, right down to the serial number and full spec of the PC, monitor and mobile device provided to an employee of the business. It allows IT managers to be the master of their own IT universe – tracking machine performance, updating schedules, usage, redundancy and so on.

4. “It is just another contract to manage”

Some services can consolidate and centralise all of your IT contracts and warranties with your various vendors.

5. “I thought going straight to the manufacturer would be cheaper?”

Manufacturers, such as Dell, do sometimes offer their own leasing contracts. It seems obvious that a lease direct from the manufacturer would be cheaper. However, in a more modestly sized supplier, there are actually fewer overheads and complex costings, which means a better price can be on the table over that of a manufacturer. You are free to choose any equipment you like, regardless of brand.

The Work From Home Real Life Balancing Act

We all do it – sit down to help with homework, then the phone rings. We grab it, thinking it’ll be a 2 second call. 45 minutes later, the kids are frustrated, dinner’s not ready, the crisis you tried to avert by answering the phone has erupted into catastrophe, and you feel lousy.

Or, it’s date night. You’re all ready to go, the kids are taken care of, and you decide to check email one more time. The next thing you know, it’s been 20 minutes, the kids have found you, your spouse is antsy, and you’re frustrated by the email you wanted to check “real quickly.” Your night out is tainted by frustration and disappointment.

I could go on and on, pointing out how those of us who work from home just can’t seem to turn it off.

Let me ask you a question:

If you wanted to take out a home equity loan through your credit union, would you expect them to come in at 3am to process the paperwork, simply because it works for you? Absolutely not! Running a home-based business is no different.

  • Set office hours, and stick to them.This simple strategy is the most effective way to begin to balance real life and work. When your work day ends, shut the door. That doesn’t mean take 2 phone calls or answer 3 more emails or text your assistant all night long; it means quit working and re-engage in real life.
  • Work when you’re supposed to. Spend work time actually, you know, working! Don’t do laundry, or start to clean your bedroom, or pay personal bills while you’re “at the office.” After all, would a 9-to-5 boss let you do those things on the clock?
  • Set aside time for yourself, each and every day, doing at least one thing that energizes you. Some days, it might be an hour workout or run. Other days, it might be 5 minutes to pray or meditate. Maybe it’s lunch with a friend, or a massage. Allowing yourself to breathe makes you a better you.
  • Be selfish with your time. It’s okay to let the phone ring when you’re working or with your family. Just because the world wants to connect 24/7 doesn’t mean we have to participate! It’s okay to put your family and work priorities above an acquaintance’s.
  • Set and maintain boundaries.This is key. Saying “no” is okay. Declining to work with a potentially difficult person is okay. Choosing to do business with people who embrace your ethics is okay. Boundaries enable us to take control in all areas of life.

Start with just one of these tips. Add the others in as you deem possible.

Take life one hour at a time, one day at a time.

Remember why you’ve chosen to work from home, and honor that reason.

Wishing you joy in the journey…

How Word of Mouth Promotion Can Help You Make Money Online

A lot of people have turned to blogging to make money online. These blogs range from providing up-to-date information about a specific type of product, topic or service like digital cameras, marathons, hemorrhoids, restaurants, etc. You name it and there’s bound to be a blog that talks about it on the internet.

But blogs are not just used for promoting products and services. Professionals from different industries have also discovered that they can make money from blogging by building a community of avid followers.

They start by building a personal brand and reputation online. Likewise, they put themselves out there and let people know that they genuinely want to help them. They then provide a mountain of tips and advices on their blog and sneak in some sales pitches in between to entice them to buy a product or two or even to avail of their services and in the process, make money online.

People, as well all know, are constantly looking for solutions to their problems online. So if they stumble upon your blog which is full of insights, suggestions and tips that are specific to their problems, they would not just visit your blog often, they would also want to share it with their personal network of family and friends! As your followers grow in number, so does your potential to make money online.

The question here now is, “how do you make sure that people find your blog?”

There are many ways to promote your blog online and I’m pretty sure that you’re well aware of some of them. However, there’s one channel that many professional marketers overlook and that is through word of mouth promotion. I know, it sounds pretty old school. But hey, it works and here’s how!

1. A Personal Encounter Has More Impact Than An Online Interaction

Let’s admit it! We can all remember our first date, our first kiss, our first car or even funny incidents with family and friends. It gives us a mental picture that we can easily pull out of our memory and share with others or just to reminisce about it.

This is also true with networking in person. Meeting people in the flesh and engaging them in a lively conversation has more impact than if you were just chatting online or exchanging comments on Facebook or Twitter. Not only that but you will leave a lasting impression which can be strengthened further when they visit your blog and read about your insightful thoughts and recommendations.

Although engaging people online in discussions has its merits, think of how you’re missing out on their expressions and reactions. A personal encounter on the other hand won’t give them a chance to conceal what they’re really thinking or feeling and you can immediately find ways to assure them or provide them with a solution. Of course, don’t forget to let them know about your blog so they could still find you online after your meet up.

2. A Personal Encounter Can Lead To A Community Of Prospects

You might be wondering how this is possible but I tell you, a number of marketers have found networking events are a goldmine of potential business to make money online.

Joining networking events and conferences such as one that is sponsored by your local chamber of commerce would give you ample opportunity to meet with industry leaders and influential people. These people would naturally have their own community of followers who they can influence and if you can get them to see the value of what you’re offering, you would have a huge chance to market to their followers as well!

Mike Eagar of Wildfire Marketing shared how word of mouth marketing had helped him sell thousands of books about social media from just one community at a time when eBook readers hardly existed.

What he did first was identify the trade shows and conferences that would attract influential leaders to join. He would then contact the organizers and provide free resources as well as conduct workshops based on the book that he was selling. However, he made it his top priority to build personal relationships with the leaders of the community.

One event alone led him to conduct more than 20 large speaking engagements that subsequently resulted to thousands of books sold!

Even though this example involved the physical selling of books, this is relevant to promoting your blog too and make money online. For instance, if you’re a social media marketer who offers coaching and social media marketing services, you can reach out to potential businesses that are looking to break in to the social media arena and use its power to boost their business from these networking events. These businesses would know of other businesses that would also want to take advantage of the internet’s reach and they can very well recommend you to them and so on.

So don’t underestimate the power of word of mouth marketing in promoting your blog and selling your products and services on the internet. It is without a doubt a channel that every professional marketer should exploit to make money online.

ZNZ Review

So what exactly is ZNZ? ZNZ, also known as ZipNada Zilch, works with Fortune 500 companies to help them acquire people to sign up for their free or low cost trial offers. These companies are willing to pay big money for this service with the hopes that many of these people will stay on as paying customers.

You’re probably wondering how you can make money with ZNZ? It’s very simple! You can sign up for a free account with them through one of their websites such as ZNZ One. Once you are signed up, you must then complete one of the trial offers yourself in order to be eligible to start making money online with them. Once completed you can then start advertising the link that they provide you with.

If you are promoting ZNZ One, you will get paid $20 (directly to your PayPal account or by check) every time a person signs up through your link and completes a trial offer. If you want to make money with ZNZ on a consistent basis, you will need some type of system that will do the work for you. What I mean by work is the selling, telling and showing. There are many systems out there but I would recommend finding a free system for ZNZ.

Using a free system for ZNZ makes it a lot easier to make money with ZNZ. If someone has to pay a monthly fee, they will be less likely to join. When searching for one, it must meet the following criteria: It should have an attractive capture page that entices people to want to submit their contact information to learn more about the system and ZNZ. It should then have an auto responder that automatically sends out follow-up emails. The system should also contain step by step instructional videos that cover everything.

Another thing to look for is whether or not the system provides any type of training and support. A good system will help you with your advertising by providing proper training and teaching you all of the various marketing techniques and strategies. Many systems will provide you with sample ads as well, that you can just copy and paste.

So hopefully this should answer the question, “What is ZNZ?” It is a legitimate company that is helping many people make money online. They have been around since 2007 and have paid out a total of five million dollars in commissions to date! Anyone can make money with ZNZ regardless of your experience level.

The Novitec Ferrari F12Berlinetta With 700+ HP and 3 Piece Wheels

In 2015, Ferrari unveiled the new F12Berlinetta super car to replace its aging Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano grand touring super car. The same front-mid engined, rear-wheel drive layout was carried over and improved upon with brand new technology, a more refined chassis, and even better performance, wrapped in a redesigned shell. With the new super car being so new to the market, there have not been any upgrade programs or modifications available for owners until Novitec Rosso introduced its new performance package with engine tuning, chassis upgrades, 3 piece wheels, and interior refinements.

Compared to its successor, the Ferrari F12Berlinetta features a larger, more powerful 6.3-liter, naturally-aspirated V-12 engine that produces 640 horsepower. The team at Novitec Rosso thought that the factory output just wasn’t enough and developed a new set of upgrades that greatly increased power. Instead of creating an all-out engine upgrade program that modified the inside of the engine, the German tuning company focused mainly on bolt-on upgrades to send more power to the rear 3 piece wheels. The 6.3-liter engine was fitted with a new sport air intake system, a new exhaust with steering wheel-adjustable butterfly valves, and an ECU tune that optimizes the ignition, timing, fuel injection, and pushes back the engine redline to 8,900 RPM.

The result of the engine upgrades is an astonishing 763 horsepower (545 kW) at 8,500 RPM and 518 lb-ft. (703 Nm) at 6,300 RPM. This enables the Italian super car to accelerate to 62 mph in less than 3.1 seconds and reach a top speed of over 345 km/h (214 mph), making it both the fastest and most powerful Ferrari on the market.

In order to reliably be able to put all of that power to the ground without constantly losing traction, the Novitec Rosso team had to upgrade the chassis and add 3 piece wheels. For better handling and an optimum center of gravity, a set of sport springs were installed that reduce the ride height by 40 mm at the front and rear axles. A new hydraulic lift system was also installed to raise the front axle by 40 mm to overcome speed bumps and parking ramps, and automatically lowers at 80 km/h. A new set of 3 piece wheels were fitted in a 9.5J x 21 front and 12J x 22 rear staggered setup and equipped with 255/30 ZR 21 and 335/25 ZR 22 Pirelli high-performance tires to improve overall grip and handling properties.

Novitec Rosso also allows for customers to add interior options in leather, alcantara, and carbon fiber for a custom look. The exterior can be fitted with black tail lights and side markers that are the only other visual modification besides the 3 piece wheels.

Attraction Marketing in YOU: 5 Signs You Are Growing

Attraction Marketing starts with your personal growth. Why does personal development play an important role in your business? If you are solo entrepreneurs, you are the doer for your business. If you are growing, you will improve and of course, your business will have an impact too. I’m integrating personal development into my marketing strategy. Know thyself gives me a positive energy in my life and a creativity for my marketing messages. As you increase your self-awareness, you lead yourself well, and you will find your personal branding.

I have learned about personal development in a year, and hence it has become my internal marketing strategy. Attraction marketing is within me. I use marketing messages to inspire and to motivate people to change. Basically, people resist changing, or they lack of ambition, because they haven’t developed within them.

I would like to share the five signs of WATCH to indicate that you’re growing.

1. Words – the way you communicate will change. I’ve noticed a big difference between me and my fellow marketers which don’t learn personal development. Your marketing message will become alive and inspiring. Your message will bring a positive energy and changes for people who read and hear your message.

2. Attitude – your attitude will change. You will tap into positive attitude. You control how you react towards bad news. You would rather dispel anger feeling. I feel more calmness and peace inside of me. It also changes the relationship with my spouse and my kids better. I try to be more understanding with them.

3. Thoughts – be more careful with your thoughts because your thoughts will direct your life. Choose what you want to see, to read and to hear. I block myself of reading and listening bad news because I don’t want my emotion, and thoughts are influenced by negative news. By reading a personal development book or listening to a good motivational audio, you feed your thoughts with positive input only.

4. Characters – Yes, your characters can change. As you are more aware of yourself, you can choose what characters you want to embrace. Self-mastery is the best because you can control your life, hence you can control your success in life and in business.

5. Heart – what you feel is a matter. Let your heart be moved so your life will change. Listen to your heart and do self-talk to auto-suggest or to expect good things to happen in your life and in your business.

I believe if you have experienced those five signs of WATCH, you will get benefits for your personal life, and you will watch your business grow. People around you will sense positive impact as well.

If you embrace the five signs of WATCH into your marketing strategy, your attraction marketing will come from you. Your marketing messages will never be dull, and you tap the creativity into your business. With positive emotion, positive thoughts and positive attitude, you will have a passion of what you’re doing. You will search, find and equip yourself with necessary skills. People will be attracted to you naturally, because you offer not only a good product or service, but you have values and your business incorporates your personality.

Ceramic Headers Are A Sound Performance Choice

The first step is getting more power out of your car is freeing up your system’s exhaust tract. In terms of aftermarket upgrades, this is the path the majority of tuners take. Remember that the internal combustion engine is basically a pump, and the more gases you can flow through cannot but improve performance. When it comes to modifying your exhaust, your choices will be dictated by its intended use. For example, your ride does primary duty as a daily driver. In that case, state laws may limit you to a catback exhaust. Sometimes, the option may be open for you to replace your exhaust pipes and cats too, from the exhaust manifold collector down to the muffler itself.

But for complete freedom in modifying your exhaust, your engine and the rest of your car, it would be best to have a track car registered as such, and you can then replace components to what your budget will allow. One exhaust system component that has been the subject of discussion in recent years is ceramic-coated headers. Ceramic headers offer the dual benefits of lowering engine compartment temperature by keeping the heat metal tubes would otherwise radiate. But by keeping the exhaust heat within the tubes, exhaust gas scavenging is improved. Which is a fancy way of saying that gas flow is increased, thereby benefiting engine performance. Making a blanket prediction on how much performance can be gained with ceramic coatings can be tricky though, because a lot of variables in the rest of the exhaust system have to be taken into account.

Note that so-called ceramic headers are actually steel-pipe headers with a ceramic coating on them. They can be less expensive than stainless steel headers because manufacturers can use mild steel for forming the headers and then coat them with the ceramic material. So, in performance terms, ceramic headers can be better than popular stainless steel headers because of cost and performance factors. Stainless steel though wins in terms of durability but not cost. Aesthetically, gearheads who go for bling will choose the look of stainless.

Bear in mind that as you extract more horsepower from your car’s engine, heat will become a major factor. In this regard, ceramic headers will be a better choice because they will keep underhood temperatures down. They may not look as fancy as stainless steel headers, but if they contribute to a more powerful and reliable engine, what is the better choice?

Panama 2009 – My First Adventure Outside the USA

In the summer of 2009 I made my first trip outside of the Country. At the ripe age of 39, I boarded a plane and headed to Central America. I’d never been though customs, immigration and had a naked passport. I wondered if the representative at the desk would question where I’d been for the previous 39 years, thankfully he didn’t.

Confession Time – I immediately fell in love with the thrill of landing in a foreign location and soaking up all the ambiance. I fell in love with the fun of working remotely from an exotic destination and even the thought that only my team knew where I was and the clients I chatted with had no idea.

My loving and fun guide on this adventure was my fantastic partner, Tomie who had previously visited Panama on several occasions. While this was my first trip, I’d been there many times in books, magazines and via the web. I began to look at moving to Panama when after the summer of 2004 in Central Florida I endured weeks with no power after 3 hurricanes visited. Shortly after that summer I learned that there were no hurricanes in Panama, plenty of infrastructure, friendly people and warm weather.

We ventured into the old City of Casco Viejo, out to the beaches of Santa Clara and into the jungle 3 hours down a winding road from Santiago. We boarded a speed boat and enjoyed an entire day and night out on Tobaga Island. From the condo we stayed in we could see the ships as they waited in line to go through the Panama Canal. While on the island we enjoyed an entire Saturday and Sunday with no internet, it was absolutely liberating.

In 7 days we ate, drank, swam in the ocean, enjoyed siestas and made some new friends. We happily lived without our Blackberries, or as I use to call them, Crackberries. Oddly enough the first two days without checking the silly thing to see if someone sent me an email was tough, then well it was actually liberating. Along the way we enjoyed wifi at most hotels, I was easily able to connect with my team, answer client questions and even make phone calls.

I learned a valuable lesson that I don’t think I could have here in the states where my phone easily let’s me get interrupted all day long. I learned that while I’m pretty important to some people, everyone who wanted to connect with me had no problem waiting a few hours or even until the next day or so to get a reply. Not responding with in seconds or minutes to an email didn’t make the earth spin out of control or my business to suffer. It actually helped me gain focus, clarity and some much needed relaxation.

Fearing the unknown often times keeps us stuck, makes it impossible for us to enjoy the life we truly want. Life is meant for us to enjoy it ~ so make a list of the places you want to visit, the things you want to do and start doing them.

Online Directory Tips

A directory is a list of all the possible services and businesses in an area. Before, the go-to book of every individual was the yellow pages directory. But now that the advent of technology has taken over, we move forward to a dynamic type of directory on the internet.

The dynamic directory listing scheme is a directory where every list has a special treatment, or so to say. Unlike the traditional yellow pages where the contact number and address are the only information available, the dynamic directory allows the viewer to feel the place within a click. There is the availability of the pictures, a virtual tour and videos. This feature would enable one to really have a glimpse of the place without actually having to go there.

It does not matter whether or not your directory is geared towards the local business community or the international arena, it will always be best to have a directory that is content specific. This will create a community within the website. Below are ways to have a better directory.

Create a forum – A forum is a webpage where users from different places could comment and stimulate discussions regarding a certain topic. When you create forum that details all the topics within your directory, people can discuss issues, tips and bugs. This way, people can talk to each other and you can monitor their problems regarding your website at the same time.

Have a news section – People love it when you have updated information on your website. When a person goes to your website and sees no changes, chances are they would look for another website that is worth your time. It is sort of hitting two birds with one stone. One, you attract people to your site and two, you give them useful information.

Announce events – Aside from creating a directory list, it would be best if you would allow your users to announce events to fellow users as well. This would increase their audience and at the same time find sponsors for their event. Think of it as doing your users a favor for the patronage that they have given to you.

One site off the net is one offered by Elumba Technlogies. They have been in the business for song long already. They have dynamic directory listing and has been on the internet for how many years already. You may also resort to other sites which offer the same features.