Lori J. Butler, CFRE is the Director of Development for New Direction’s for Women Foundation in Costa Mesa, California. To find out more about this special non-profit recovery center for women see: www.newdirectionsforwomen.org.

Latest Posts By Lori Butler

4 weeks ago

Has Your Retail Therapy Become a Shopping Addiction

In her early 40s, Mary divorced her multi-millionaire husband who had been successful building a mortgage industry empire across 22 states. Her alimony of $15,000 plus $8,000 a month in child support, a fortune for some, had been barely enough…

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2 months ago

Struggling with Overeating Because of Emotional Stressors?

Kitty, age 64, carried a shameful secret since retiring early – she had become an overeater. She had worked in Los Angeles as newspaper editor most of her adult life. Her average work weeks were 60-plus hours. She had a love-hate relationship…

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5 months ago

Just What the Doctor Ordered – How Women Over 60 Are at Highest Risk for Prescription Drug Addiction

Sally was noticing changes in her 73-year-old mother in-law Emily. As Sally became Emily’s primary caregiver, she noticed Emily seemed a great deal anxious most of the time. She’d also become more withdrawn. And, because Sally often ran errands for Emily…

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7 months ago

Online Video Gaming for Seniors – A Game Changer or an Addiction Gateway?

I have raised 3 children from Generation Y, including one who is a stereotypical millennial guy sitting on the couch in his apartment playing the video game World of Warcraft into the wee hours of the morning. It seems to have the makings of an addiction…

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10 months ago

Senior with a Sex Addiction? What You Should Know

It’s not so shocking to realize that there are women approaching or in their senior years who struggle with sex addiction. Take the true-life drama of former Real Housewives of New Jersey reality TV star, Danielle Staub, as just one well known example…

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11 months ago

Yes, Grief Can Lead to Substance Abuse

Losing a loved one can be one of the most difficult experiences to deal with in our later years. Losing a spouse or long-term partner is different than the death of a distant relative or even a pet. Our lifetime of memories is cut short…

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12 months ago

Facing Alcohol Addiction After 60

In her late 70s, Becky, felt out of place during the Covid-19 crisis. She was finally coming to grips with her alcohol addiction. The problem was exacerbated by her use of prescribed medications – medications she needed to navigate aging…

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