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Alcohol abuse mostly targeting one age group in Rockford

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All types of people can fall victim to the chains of addiction. Maybe you know a friend or family member who has, or it could even be a personal experience, but some medical professionals say when it comes to alcohol abuse one specific age group's problems are growing.

According to Rosecrance Health Network administrators, their Harrison Avenue facility is seeing an increase in one group trying to get help for alcoholism.

"We have seen a recent trend with the age group of 40 to 60 year-old women coming in for residential services for alcohol abuse or dependence." -says Rosecrance Women's Services Unit Coordinator Carlene Cardosi.

For women in general and especially in that age group, guilt and shame often keep people from getting help, but more and more of those patients are checking in at Rosecrance.

"The trend of seeing more women in treatment is a positive because that means some of the barriers are being removed. It's also a negative because we see a rise in [addiction.]" -Cardosi adds.

Rosecrance workers say there's a reason for the rise. Middle-age can come with life alterations and difficult adjustments.

"A lot of them have either retired from a current position, they're going through that empty-nest syndrome where they no longer feel that they're needed with their children and also many have them have faced some divorces."

If a woman isn't in this 40 to 60 age bracket, that doesn't mean she won't deal with addiction. It just tends to be a different drug of choice. Those 18 to 25 are more likely struggle with dependence on drugs like heroin.

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