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Tap Into You – Do You Believe???????

How many times in our lives have we not done something simply because we didn’t believe in ourselves, simply because we didn’t think we were deserving or worthy, simply because we was afraid that we would fail?

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The answer to that question is easy, too many times we have used these excuses to avoid doing something cause of fear, doubt, or uncertainty. The thought of failure for many of us is a looming distraction that ultimately keeps us from achieving the greatness that each one of us was created to be.

 

 

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We cannot tap into our full potential and we cannot be the Kings and Queens we were created to be by continuing to allow society, or another individual to tell us who we are and what we can or cannot do. We must face our fears, no matter how hard it may be it’s vital to our growth. We must overcome the doubt, and stop putting limits on ourselves and what we are capable of. We must quit allowing outside forces to define who we are, we are good enough, smart enough,pretty enough, and deserving of the life we are striving to live.

It is my challenge to you to begin tapping into your full potential each and every day. Show no mercy. Hold back nothing. Step into greatness where you were born to be. God bless you my friends.

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Substance abuse and addiction are not limited to younger generations or adults; addiction rates among seniors are higher than you may think: more than one third of outpatient rehabilitation programs for substance use disorders are dedicated to senior citizens, despite their population encompassing only 13 percent of the entire population of the USA. Identifying substance use disorders among senior citizens (or adults over the age of 65) is imperative to prevent the development, or exacerbation, of multiple types of cancer, health conditions, and psychological disorders.

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Medical care professionals can be hasty to glean over typical signs of substance use disorders in senior citizens, because of perceived attributes of older people: confusion, loss of memory, or unexplained mood swings; whereas these red flags would help diagnose a younger person with a substance use disorder, the medical field is apt to brand many older adults with “dementia” or similar conditions.

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Preventing the tragedy of overdose and swift treatment of an untreated substance use disorder can be avoided if you and your loved ones learn how to aptly identify instances of addiction- the more you know, the easier it will be to help your loved one’s medical professional make a proper diagnosis. Look out for these top five signs of addiction among senior citizens:

    1. Wildly Changing Mood Swings
      Akin to others with substance use disorders, wild mood swings are one of the easily identifiable symptoms of drug addiction among older adults. What may be glazed over by many as “Grandma is just being Grandma,” may actually be a legitimate cause of concern. Because addictive substances over time change one’s brain chemistry, ultimately their moods, behaviors, and entire personalities will also be adversely affected.
    2. Increases to Medication Prescriptions
      Even though senior citizens are commonly prescribed medications to treat health conditions ascribed to the coming of age, some medications are the source causing instances of substance use disorders. Abuse of prescription medications is commonplace, and should be closely monitored by medical professionals and loved ones. A spike in medication dosage may not be the cause of an increased medical need for the medication- but a response to a developed tolerance from abuse.

      The only way to accurately measure which one is responsible for the increase is to keep an open and honest relationship with your loved one. You may also monitor their prescription intake if you deem it necessary. Enlisting the help for your medical professional is always a good idea.
  • Doctor Shopping
    Doctor shopping is the search for multiple health practitioners who will prescribe medications one already has a prescription for. If you notice your loved one on the hunt for multiple practitioners, specifically with the intent of yet another prescription, this may be a legitimate cause for concern. Changing medical professionals frequently may be another indication of doctor shopping.
  • Bumps & Bruises
    Although seniors are more prone to bruising, multiple falls within a short period of time may be indicative of substance abuse. As one’s senses are robbed of their normal functioning, staying upright becomes more of a challenge than it ought to be. Not every instance of a bruise or falling is a red flag of addiction, but if you notice a pattern of falling, bruising, and accidents, talking to your loved one about the possibility of abuse may be in order.
  • Grandma’s Just Being Grandma: Confusion
    Perhaps one of the symptoms missed most often by medical professionals and loved ones alike are periods of confusion for senior citizens. While stints of confusion and paranoia may be ascribed to one getting “up in age,” these symptoms are red flags for potential substance use disorders, and should be monitored carefully- as opposed to being heavily medicated to cover up the symptoms of what may be an underlying problem.
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Dear Stop Frying Your Brain;

I saw the post by FUBAR on linkedin, figured since he got approved I could too. I want to share with you the story of my mother, Abby with your community.

My mother raised 4 children as a single mom.  She was your local cool-aid mom.  All the kids in the neighborhood hung out at our house.  We were the fun house with all the snacks, games and sleep over’s.

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As I became older and had my own children, mom was always there to help baby sit or pick someone up if I couldn’t make it.  Abby was also the town beautician.  She had clients everyday.  Every client wanted her for proms, weddings, and/or just everyday haircuts.

When mom was in her 60’s, she had gotten into a car accident.  She had broken her right leg, left arm and bruised her pelvis bone.  After 3 months of recovery she was still in pain.  The doctor prescribed pain pills to reduce the pain she had everyday.

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Mom began to change slowly.  She started to put off her clients, not clean her house, nor talk much to anyone anymore.  She became recluse.  When I needed mom to pick up the kids, she was too lethargic to speak to on the phone.  So one day I went to her home and found her on the couch drunk and slurring  her words.  I asked what she had done today because the house was a mess and I didn’t know what she had taken for her pills and drinking on top of that.

After while, I discovered that she was selling her jewelry to buy pills off the street, from kids around the neighborhood that grew up with my children.  Needless to say, those children are in recovery now.

As I watched mom go down hill, I had asked my brothers and sister, to schedule an intervention.  After 3 interventions and 6 months in rehab, mom is now on the road to a great recovery.  She has come back to her old brand new self, with an appreciation for life and to live among the walking again.

I say to you as a reader, please pay close attention to what your parents are doing and taking of their prescriptions.  I as an individual of no addictions, I wonder why these doctors think so freely that the prescriptions they prescribe is at no fault of setting up an individuals lives for failure.

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Addiction Meets ALF’s in South Florida

Addiction Meets ALF’s in South Florida

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There is a silent epidemic sweeping our nation and it’s going to rapidly multiple every year until 2050 due to the baby boomers. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA), The University of Pennsylvania Health System, and some of the nation’s largest treatment centers like CRC, Elements, and Hazelden see the fast growing epidemic.
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Assisted Living Facilities (ALF’s) are misdiagnosing the elderly addiction problem and addiction treatment centers need to assist them because they are educated on the signs of addiction.  ALF’s are medically responsible for properly taking care of our seniors and play a vital role in taking care of the elderly in our society, however they need to be educated on addiction to properly diagnose the elder.

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According SAMSHA/CSAT Substance Abuse Among Older Adults, Chapter 1, adults 60 and older are one of the fastest growing health problems facing the country. The article also shows that the “Census estimates predict that 1994’s older adult population of 33 million will more than double to 80 million by 2050 (Spencer, 1989; U. S. Bureau of the Census, 1996). Most of that growth will occur between 2010 and 2030, when the number of adults over 65 will grow by an average of 2.8 percent annually.”

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The main areas are seniors are struggling with are alcohol and prescription drug misuse.  Take into consideration, at 38 million, individuals older than 65 years make up 13% of the US population, and this number is expected to increase by 7% to 10% by 2020.  In addiction, Florida currently has one of the highest elderly populations in the US (see demographic).  Furthermore, the elderly currently use one third of all medications prescribed, and data from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA) indicate that 2.8 million seniors abused prescription drugs in the last year. SAMHSA estimates suggest that this number is expected to reach over 4.4 million by 2020.

 

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The University of Pennsylvania Health System (UPHS), Stairway to Recovery, revealed some startling statistics affecting our Boomers.  According to UPHS 2.5 million older adults suffer from an alcohol or drug problem. Even more startling, they estimate that almost 50% of nursing home residents have related addiction problems. These issues are being mistaken for common signs of aging because the physicians are not educated on substance dependence.

According SAMSHA/CSAT in Treatment Improvement Protocol (TIP) Series, No. 26 this population is under-diagnosed, and under served with alcohol and prescription drugs issues. The article pin points the elderly as being ashamed and the elder care providers misdiagnosing symptoms of drug and alcohol misuse with the symptoms that come with old age.

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With the rapid growth of our elderly every year addiction treatment centers need to find a way to treat the elderly before our system becomes overloaded with seniors.  Treatment centers do not know how to reach these segment partly because the elderly view addiction as be shameful.  To persuade the seniors to go into treatment is difficult due to this stigma the seniors carry.  That leaves the treatment centers to market to their children (Millennials) to make that decision to get their mother, farther, or grandmother into treatment. Treatment Centers and Detox’s should also be educating ALF’s and their elderly population reinforcing that addiction is not shameful and is life threatening.

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Hope Beyond Statistics: Things Are Looking up for Elderly Drug Users

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Despite being left out of the treatment loop for substance use disorders for a number of years, we’re finally beginning to realize as a society our older adults have substance use disorders- and that’s okay! Since 2008 the rates of the elderly entering rehabilitation programs has doubled, and that’s great news. The number of projected seniors struggling with drug and alcohol use disorders is set to increase as time goes on, and is ascribed to the maturation of baby boomers.

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It may be counter-intuitive to celebrate the projected treatment of so many for a serious physical and psychological disease, but the harsh reality of the truth is addiction has been a problem for senior citizens for as long as there have been senior citizens! It’s just now that they’re getting the help they need- and that’s a great thing.

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Once you’ve identified instances of addiction in yourself or loved one, allow the waves of treatment to soothe your nerves- as treating addiction among older seniors is readily accomplishable, and will ensure the golden years are ever more radiant.

You can help your loved one through the recovery process by becoming an active participant in recovery. Many substance use disorders among the elderly mirror the same catalysts as addiction among teens and adults: wask support systems, inability to cope with the events around them, and insatiable anxieties or depression (or both).

Consider offering to participate in family therapy. Research shows families who are involved in specialized family programs ultimately help speed the recovery process, Knowing which medications are necessary to life, and which diminish the quality of life for your loved one will be a resourceful avenue in which to prevent excessive medication, which may lead to instances of abuse, or mute activities both physically and psychological that should not be impeded.

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Sometimes a doctor’s insistence to over medicate is the exact opposite thing your loved one needs. Always stay up to date about their prescriptions and how they react with each other! Fonts of depression or anxiety can be created as side effects from many medications forcing the perceived necessity to self medicate those symptoms away. Resolving these instances at the root cause is essential to help uproot the underlying causes of substance use disorders.

Instances of overdose among senior citizens have been attributed to misinterpretation of labels. Something simple like this can be easily remedied by printing larger labels when needed! If you’re not sure if your loved ones can accurately read their prescriptions, ask them! They may be too embarrassed to speak with you directly. The point being, the more you are immersed into the lives of your loved ones, armed with knowledge about how to spot the signs of addiction among the elderly, the faster recovery is assured! Always be in the know.

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Though the substance abuse epidemic is finally beginning to garner the attention it deserves from the media and political powers, it is a complex issue affecting the health, safety, and livelihoods of citizens across the country. Flakka and Molly continue to ravish the south, methamphetamine continues its stronghold on the midwest, and the entire country continues to suffer under the weight of cocaine and heroin abuse.

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Medical and law enforcement authorities work feverishly around the clock in an attempt to assuage the predicament while legislators fight to find a solution that brings aid for those in need instead of ineffective punishment. Yet, even with the attention and manpower applied to this most daunting adversary, somehow one growing group of people affected by addiction and substance abuse is still overlooked.

The demographic of people suffering from substance abuse that is largely overlooked is the elderly.


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National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism reported that about 40 percent of people above the age of 65 drink alcohol, which is more damaging to the body as one ages. It leads to an array of health issues including organ failure and death, especially in prolonged drinkers.

In older adults with pre-existing health conditions, alcohol consumption and abuse complicates their health further. Diabetes, high blood pressure, heart and liver problems are among the conditions worsened by alcohol consumption. Even in a healthy person over the age of 65 more than three alcoholic drinks in a day or more than seven in a week is not recommended. 

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Prescription pain medication abuse is also a growing concern in the older community. Some sources contribute the problem to more elderly people being prescribed multiple medications and for extended periods of time which can allot for addiction to form. Issues with memory can also account for misuse of prescription medication, though most older adults suffering from substance abuse disorders are conscious of their misuse.

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Unfortunately the problem is often passed off as just a reality of being older. Adult children do not recognize the symptoms of addiction due to infrequent interactions with their parents or, worse yet, excuse it as just a ‘funny quirk,’ not realizing just how serious the issue can become. Just as with alcohol, misuse of medications has a more profound effect on older victims.

The substance abuse problem among the elderly goes beyond misuse due to overprescribing: studies show that ‘Baby Boomers’ from the era of free love and widespread illegal drug experimentation are more likely to use illicit substances than previous generations.

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As reported by the New York Times, illicit substance abuse among people in their 50s more than doubled between 2002 and 2011. Along with alcohol and prescription opiates, the elderly most commonly abused cocaine and marijuana. With the elderly population slated to increase to 73 million by 2030 and few rehabilitation facilities offering age-specific treatment, the issue of substance abuse among the elderly is only getting worse.

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When most people think of the words “drug addict,” they picture a young person who began using drugs recreationally but developed a serious problem. However, the picture of drug addiction in the United States is changing. Recent figures from the National Institute on Drug Abuse indicate that rates of opiate abuse have quadrupled since 1999. Much of this increase in opiate addiction stems from elderly individuals addicted to prescription opiate painkillers. This has profound implications for the elderly and addiction treatment.

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In 2013, approximately 2 million Americans suffered from prescription drug abuse, reports the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. In many ways, this is unsurprising, as there are enough opiate painkiller prescriptions for each American adult to be medicated every 4 hours for a month. Older adults are disproportionately affected by prescription painkillers. Although elderly people represent just 13% of the U.S. population, they account for nearly 33% of spending on prescription opiates, reports the National Institute on Drug Abuse.

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Pain issues are common among the elderly, and prescription painkillers can help. However, these potent drugs are not designed for long term use, as they are highly addictive. As use of prescription pain pills continues, many older adults need to take more of the pills to get the same analgesic effect. Eventually, opiate dependence leaves these elderly people unable to quit using the pain pills.

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Opiate dependence is under-recognized among elderly individuals, making it essential for accurate diagnosis and treatment planning. The withdrawal from opiates can be physically taxing for people of any age; common symptoms include nausea, vomiting, insomnia, diarrhea, muscle aches, and anxiety. For older adults, these symptoms can be medically dangerous.

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Unfortunately, most drug rehabilitation facilities do not have appropriate medical assistance available to help older adults through the challenging withdrawal process. In particular, the elderly should have continual monitoring of blood pressure and cardiac issues to prevent dangerous complications. This makes professional medical supervision essential for safe outcomes for elderly people dealing with opiate addiction.

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A one-size-fits all is inadequate to address the unique medical needs of older adults who are opiate dependent. At the Waismann Method Medical Group in Southern California, each patient receives an individualized treatment plan based on his or her unique medical and psychological situation. Located in an accredited, full service hospital, the Waismann Method Center ensures that patients have access to the professional medical monitoring needed to ensure safe outcomes for opiate detoxification.

At the Waismann Method Center, older patients often receive modified opiate medical detoxification protocols based on their age, health, medical history, and dependence severity. Each patient enjoys a private room, preserving dignity and privacy during the difficult detox process. Following medical opiate detox at the hospital, patients are transferred to the exclusive Domus Retreat for post-detox care. Here, clients receive individualized treatment to help them weather the early days of recovery, when many elderly individuals feel most vulnerable. Throughout this process, the Waismann Method Medical Group is committed to providing safe, compassionate, and high quality care.

One of the largest barriers to addiction treatment among the elderly is stigma and a sense of shame about opiate dependence. The Waismann Method Center provides the compassionate, private care that allows older adults to reach out for the treatment they deserve.

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