If you have a family history of substance abuse disorders (SUD), you may be at risk yourself. According to an Atlantic Health System counseling and addiction expert, when one parent has an SUD, each child in the family has a 50% chance of inheriting it if they drink or use recreational drugs. That number jumps to 90% when both parents have an addiction. Abstaining from alcohol and narcotics entirely is the only way to ensure you don’t develop an SUD in the presence of the gene. Read more of the interview or learn about Atlantic Behavioral Health’s chemical dependency services >

Depression Programs and Screenings

Education and prevention can keep you and your loved ones healthy. We invite you to take advantage of the programs, support groups and screenings available. Adults 65 and older who are looking to stay well with age may benefit from events labeled “New Vitality.”
Mental Health Intensive Outpatient Program
Group, individual and family counseling, as well as medication management for those who need an intense, time-limited treatment to improve their emotional health. Participants attend three out of five days per week.
Mondays through Fridays, 10:30am to 2:00pm
Atlantic Rehabilitation, 6 Saddle Road, Cedar Knolls, NJ
For more information and to access the program, please call 1-888-247-1400.

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Many Older Adults Keep Guns Unlocked, Loaded at Home

MONDAY, April 15, 2019 -- Many older adults, including those who are mentally impaired, don't lock up their guns and ammo, University of Washington researchers report.

Almost 39% of the more than 4,400 seniors they surveyed in Washington state said they had a firearm in their home. Nearly a quarter said they keep at least one gun loaded and unlocked. Fewer than a third said they keep all firearms locked up and unloaded.

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