Do you know what the fastest-growing U.S. population is? Here’s a hint:
This population is expected to double in the next 20 years. If your
answer was adults older than 65 years old, you were correct. What age
group do you think uses more psychoactive medications than any other
group? That’s right, our seniors, and that’s possibly your Grandma or
Grandpa, or even your Mom or Dad who take prescription medication on a
As I have been looking at gender — primarily masculinity — and addiction
off and on for more than a decade and a half, I have arrived at some
nascent ideas that I am sure are not original but are compelling
Having a child leave home and reside in a residential treatment center or therapeutic boarding school can be a frightening event for any parent.
The holidays, with all their trimmings, have arrived, and for many it is
a time for lavish family gatherings and holiday cheer. The endless Hallmark Christmas
specials stream over the airwaves and the messages they reflect are
like neon signs flashing, “Joy To The World” for all those gathering
around their warm and cozy fireplaces.
Here we are again. No sooner have we unwrapped our last miniature
Snickers from our Halloween candy stash, when we are bombarded with all
things Christmas. Sometimes I think it would be nice if the holidays
came around like the Olympics, every two or four years. Or if we could
skip them altogether and just hang a sign on our front door saying “Gone
fishing…please come back after January 3”.