Archive for August, 2009

Addiction News Alert: Binge Drinking Prevalent in Baby Boomers

Monday, August 24th, 2009

Last week, we discussed the SAMHSA study on baby boomers’ drug use. Now comes the news that binge drinking is also particularly prevalent in baby boomers.

In a recent LA Times blog post, it was reported that hard drinking is no longer a game for the young, as shown in a recent study published in The American Journal of Psychiatry. They have found that approximately 25% of US men and nearly 10% of US women aged 50-64 years old participated in “binge drinking”.

‘Binge drinking’ was defined as imbibing at least 4 to 5 servings of alcohol in a two-hour sitting in the last 30 days.

This segment of binge drinkers was also found to be more likely to use tobacco and illicit drugs.… Read the rest »

Why You Should Kick Your Addiction to the Curb

Thursday, August 20th, 2009

Dr. Dr. Barton Goldsmith recently published the article “10 Reasons to Kick Addictions” for the Scripps Howard News Service.

These are great reasons for those who are considering entering into an addiction treatment program and for those who are already in any of the various stages of recovery. If you are thinking about getting sober, take a long moment to consider what you are about to read–imagine it for yourself, envision how your life will be once you aren’t chained down by your addiction anymore. Live it in your mind.

For those of you have already started down your path to sobriety, take a moment to soak these in. Let them live in you, and to serve as a reminder, especially during hard times, of all the reasons why you have taken up this hard, yet dazzlingly rewarding, task.… Read the rest »

Addiction News Alert: Drug Use Continuing Into Later Years

Wednesday, August 19th, 2009

Released today, a new study conducted by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) reports that many baby boomers are continuing drug use well into the later years of their life.

In An Examination of Trends in Illicit Drug Use among Adults Aged 50 to 59 in the United States, the first in a series of reports, SAMHSA found that as the baby boomers age, we are seeing an increase in drug use in the population group aged 50-59 years–almost doubling since 2002 to 9.4 percent. Rates in other age groups studied have either remained constant or have decreased in the same period.

The study, says SAMHSA spokesperson, speaks to the importance of preventing drug use at an early age.… Read the rest »