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 concerns as young men. Q: Are women more at risk for developing addiction? A: While addiction is an equal opportunity disease, it affects women differently. Women

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 older who develop problems with alcohol or other drugs. They may have prescriptions for prescription pain pills, sleeping pills or anti-anxiety medications. Mix that, with more free

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, taking combinations of drugs means that you could be at risk for drug interactions. Polypharmacy is defined as the concurrent use of many different medicines by the same

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 of all antibiotics prescribed are not necessary.  Antibiotics do not treat viruses, such as, colds and flu.  Antibiotics treat bacterial infections. Antimicrobial stewardship programs promote the appropriate use of antibiotics, improves patient

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 to treat or to prevent disease. The more medication one takes the more potential there is for the medications to interact with each other or to

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 years and older who develop problems with alcohol or other drugs. They may have prescriptions for prescription pain pills, sleeping pills or anti-anxiety medications. Mix that with more