Prescription Drug Abuse: Society’s Newest Epidemic

June 21, 2013
Hosted by Trish Forante and Lisa Stewart

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Most people have had pain medication prescribed to them by a physician at some point in their lives. The recovery from knee and back surgery, for example, can be long and painful. What are the dangers of taking these prescribed pain medications? How can we avoid the damage caused by addiction to these medications that are supposed to be helping us? What can both doctors and patients do to become more aware of the dangers? Join Dr. Lisa Stewart as she talks with Ira Levy, an addictions specialist, about this national epidemic. Learn important information about the addiction cycle as it pertains to pain medication, and preventative measures that can be taken on an individual level to avoid the nightmare of physical and psychological addiction. Treatment options and specific strategies for this population of addicts will also be discussed.

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Trish Forante and Lisa Stewart

Trish Forante and Lisa Stewart

Trish Forante is an accomplished writer, researcher and entrepreneur. She is the Director/Owner of a thriving consulting firm. Her knowledge, creativity and dedication to excellent customer service inspires loyalty from her client companies that is unheard of in today's business climate. Many of her clients have been with her for more than fifteen years. Executives call on her for consultation regarding workplace violence; relationship issues; sexual harassment; critical incident debriefing and many other workplace issues.

Trish began her professional career at Winter Haven Hospital, Central Florida. She studied Psychology; Organizational Development and the Behavioral Sciences at the University of Florida. She is a "die hard Gator fan!"

Lisa Stewart is the Clinical Director of Managed Care Concepts Employee Assistance Program and the Executive Director of Creative Consultants, Inc. Dr. Stewart provides supervision, consultation with staff, and assistance with program administration. Other responsibilities include coaching, organizational development and training with EAP corporate clients. Dr. Stewart has been licensed as a Mental Health Counselor since 1997. She obtained her education at the University of Florida earning her M.Ed., and Ed.S. degrees in 1994, and her Ph.D. in 2000. She has maintained a private counseling practice in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, since 1999. She works with clients of all ages and specializes in crisis intervention, trauma, grief counseling, and assisting clients who struggle with a variety of medical and chronic pain issues. Dr. Stewart also has expertise in working with bariatric weight loss surgery patients both pre and post-surgery.

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July 2013

June 2013

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