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Addiction - Are Women at Greater Risk? Q&A with addiction counselor and author Brenda J. Iliff, MA


Q: Is it true that women are the fastest growing demographic for substance abuse today? A: Yes. Historically, men have had the higher reported incidence of substance abuse and dependence, but women are closing that gap. Young women, in particular, have an almost equal percentage of abuse and dependence...


Addiction and Older Adults


Addiction rates are increasing in older adults. 17% of this age group struggles with substances and by 2020 the number is expected to double. Prescription overdose deaths in older adults outrank heroin overdoses in young people. The term “accidental addict” is often associated with adults 50 years and...


Aging Gracefully: Reducing the Risks of Polypharmacy


It is no secret that we are living longer. Unfortunately, we are not necessarily living healthier. An ever-growing percentage of the population is managing one or more medical conditions, which are managed by one or more medicines. While medicines can help maintain health and prevent further illness,...


The Use and Mis-Use of Antibiotics


The long standing, overuse of antibiotics has led to an alarming rate of prevalence of multi-drug resistant bacteria, such as, (MRSA) Methylcillian Resistant Staph Aureus and (VRE) Vancomyacin Resistant Enterococcus. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that more than half...


Managing Your Medications for Better Health


With aging comes many changes that affect health and how health is managed. Seniors are more likely to have one or more chronic health issues such as diabetes or heart disease. With more illness comes the need for more medication. The average senior will take more than four medications daily either...


Addiction and Older Adults


Addiction rates are increasing in people older adults. 17% of this age group struggles with substances and by 2020 the number is expected to double. Prescription overdose deaths in older adults outrank heroin overdoses in young people. The term “accidental addict” is often associated with adults 50...


Can Cannabis Be the Answer?


The cannabis industry is one of the fastest growing industries in the U.S. today, and senior citizens are the fastest growing demographic that is embracing the industry. It only makes sense- many of the ailments seniors suffer from are ailments that can be easily treated with cannabis. As the industry...


Why Seek Inpatient Treatment for Prescription Drug Addiction?


It happens every day – people go to the doctor and obtain a prescription for medication to treat a physical problem. Most people take their medication exactly as directed for the time prescribed and stop without any problems. Some people, however, are attracted to the psychoactive properties of certain...


Drug Use, Misuse and Abuse


 Prescription drug abuse is defined as the use  of a medication that is not prescribed for the individual or taken in a way other than what the doctor had prescribed. The fact that a drug is ordered does not make it safe when taken in an altered manner and can have the same consequence as street drugs....

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