Alarming Concerns for People Middle Age & Older
Executives, Leaders, and Professionals are among the hardest working in the United States. After years of education and personal sacrifice they reach their goals, but success comes at a price. The stress, mental/physical exhaustion, and personal neglect are risk factors for an array of medical and psychological issues; A fast and easy fix is self medicating with alcohol and drugs.
According to the Journal of Molecular Psychiatry, 2012, Substance Dependency is Associated with:
- Premature Brain Aging and early Dementia;
- Decreased Intellectual ability and memory loss;
- Poor judgment and decision making;
- Brain to Shrink …. and the more you drink or use drugs the faster and more it shrinks. Archive Neurology 2008
- Immune deficiencies…this can lead to all forms of cancer and serious infections. American Journal of Medicine
An Opioid Prescription Epidemic in our Mature Population
- In 2009, 75 % of all opioid prescriptions were written for people over 40;
- 25% of all opioid prescriptions are prescribed to 40-59 year old patients;
- 50% of all opioid prescriptions are prescribed to patients 60 and older;
- In 2008, the highest rates of overdose drug deaths was in the 45-54 age range and were due to opioid prescriptions;
- Opioid pain relievers now account for more overdose deaths than cocaine and heroin combined!
- The misuse of prescription opioids, stimulants, anxiety and sleep medications is often missed or ignored by health care providers.
ARCH Diagnosis and Treatment
- Identifying and treating pain-related disorders commonly seen in this group such as: arthritis, headache, lower back pain and muscular-skeletal pain.
- Evaluating and treating co-existing anxiety and sleep disorder;
- Identifying interactions between alcohol and substances with prescribed medication… for example high blood pressure or cholesterol medications;
- Screening for early signs of premature brain aging and psychiatric disorders.
Individualize Recovery Plan
- Define personal goals and benchmarks;
- Manage complexities of the addiction;
- Address professional and personal concerns;
- Assist with resolution of licensing issues and disciplinary matters;
- Recommend strategies for reputation restoration and career rehabilitation;
- Facilitate reentry into professional workplace;
- Minimize damage to professional standing;
- Provide a safe place to damaged relationships.