Drug Abuse & the Boomer Generation is an hour-long broadcast focusing on a generation that isn’t usually the target of anti-drug efforts. We’ll see how to identify the signs of abuse and explain how to prevent, treat, and manage drug use among this generation.

Key Points:

  • Understand the problem of substance abuse among older Americans
  • Learn which drugs baby boomers abuse most often
  • Hear why treatment is different for older adults
  • Find out how to identify substance abuse
  • Know how and where to seek help if an adult is abusing drugs
  • Learn how families and communities can help prevent drug abuse among baby boomers

Originally Aired:December 17, 2009


D. John Dyben

Clinical Director of The Hanley Center, West Palm Beach, FL
A native Floridian, Dyben currently serves as the Clinical Director of the Hanley Center in West Palm Beach, FL. As Clinical Director, John provides direction and supervision of the Center’s three Residential programs, as well as Outpatient, Wellness, Psychology, Family and Spiritual Care departments. John”s emphasis in ministry and as a clinician is helping people to develop a healthy way of life characterized by celebration of life and healthy spirituality.

Ordained as a pastor in 1997, Dyben spent his first professional years in a traditional church setting working as one of seven pastors on the staff of a church where he focused on teaching and pastoral counseling. From 1999 to 2004, Dyben worked outside of the context of traditional church ministry and focused on community based mental health and wellness, working much of that time for Boys Town in both therapeutic and administrative capacities.

In 2004, Dyben found a juxtaposition of his training as a minister and as a therapist in the capacity of chaplain and has been working as such since that time. With his current responsibilities, Dyben works to bring the role of chaplain to the position of Clinical Director.

Dyben ‘s academic training includes a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from LaSalle University(LA), a Master of Arts in Conflict Management from Trinity Theological Seminary (IN) and postgraduate studies in psychology, philosophy and religion. He is also currently pursuing a graduate business degree. Dyben has extensive training in cognitive behavioral therapy, ecological therapy, child and family therapy, spiritual direction and addictions counseling.

Dyben is a Board Certified Addictions Professional and a Board Certified Mental Health Professional in the State of Florida. He is an Internationally Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor and a Substance Abuse Professional meeting all federal DOT qualifications.

Dyben is an adjunct faculty member at Palm Beach Community College where he teaches classes in mental health and addictions, and he is also on the faculty of the Addiction Professionals Training Institute in West Palm Beach where he teaches Ethics.

In addition to his professional vocation, Dyben is an avid musician and writer and is active in his church. Dyben lives with his daughter Selah Noel and his son John Paul (“JP”). Dyben is a terribly doting father and he enjoys being a dad more than anything else in the world.

Dr. Barbara Krantz

D.O., M.S.- Nuclear Medicine, Chief Executive Officer and Medical Director of Research Hanley Center, West Palm Beach, FL

Dr. Barbara Krantz, Chief Executive Officer and Medical Director of Research of the noted nonprofit Hanley Center addiction treatment facility, has been practicing medicine in South Florida for over thirty years. Dr. Krantz is American Board of Addiction Medicine certified as well as board certified in Family Practice. Prior to accepting the position of CEO in 2008, Dr. Krantz was Chief of Medical Services for Hanley Center.

Prior to joining Hanley Center in 2001, Dr. Krantz was the Medical Director for the Center for Alcohol and Drug Studies. From 1987 to 1999, she was the Medical Director at Cornerstone, a substance abuse treatment program at Wellington Regional Medical Center, and maintained a private family practice that included pediatrics and geriatrics.

Dr. Krantz served as Clinical Assistant Professor of Behavioral Medicine at Nova Southeastern University in North Miami Beach from 1994 to 2000. She also taught addiction medicine to 1st and 2nd year students at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine on the FAU Campus. In 1999 she developed the Inner City Outreach Program and the Medical Mobile Unit of West Palm Beach, the first such project undertaken in Palm Beach County.

Dr. Krantz is a member of the American Medical Association, the American Medical Women’s Association, the American College of Family Practitioners , the American Osteopathic Association and the American Society of Addiction Medicine. She has lectured on numerous topics, including the bio-chemistry of the brain as it relates to addiction.

In 2008 the Palm Beach Count y Medical Society honored Dr . Krantz as a Heroes in Medicine award recipient for her leadership, active community philanthropy and commitment to t he field of medicine. Dr. Krantz received a Bachelor of Science degree and was class valedictorian at Manhattanville College in Purchase, New York . At the University of Miami (Florida) she graduated Phi Kappa Phi with a Master of Science degree. After studying at Des Moines University, Health Sciences, she served an internship in Osteopathic Medicine in North Miami Beach. She completed her family practice residency at Miami’s Jackson Memorial Hospital. In 2007 Dr. Krantz was certified by the Medical Review Officer Certification Council (MTOCC) as a Medical Review Officer. Certified MRO evaluate drug and alcohol test results in the workplace.

Dr. Patrick Gallagher

Recovering Addict, Treatment Counselor, Hanley Center, West Palm Beach, FL

Dr. Patrick Gallagher’s 44 years of work experience includes university teaching as well as broad experience in the business world. When referring to his present work at Hanley’s treatment center in West Palm Beach, Florida, Patrick states enthusiastically that he has finally decided what he wants to do when he grows up. Currently Gallagher serves as an on-call counselor in Hanley Center’s Family Program. When the need arises, he assists Hanley’s pain management team in their work with patients suffering from chronic pain. Gallagher’s own issues with pain for more than 20 years makes him a valuable asset.

Gallagher’s severe and chronic pain culminated in chemical dependency. In March 2006 he entered Hanley’s Older Adult Recovery Center. Patrick and his family say they feel feel this treatment experience, coupled with his on-going recovery and pain management, have given them a new life. He, therefore, considers it a privilege to reach out to other addicts, alcoholics and their families.

Gallagher holds Master’s degrees in Political Philosophy and in Spanish. While earning his Ph.D. in Political Science, he focused on the psychological aspects of political behavior. In 1980, Arno Press, a subsidiary of the New York Times, published Gallagher’s dissertation, The Cuban Exile: A Socio-Political Analysis. Gallagher says he feels that his doctoral studies enhance his understanding of the psychological aspects of addiction, treatment and recovery.

Embarking upon his current career, Gallagher completed a Certificate in Alcoholism/Chemically Dependent Treatment Services in 2007 from the University of Massachusetts at Boston. He focused on older adult recovery during his internship at Hanley, has fulfilled the course requirements for a Certified Addiction Counselor in the state of Florida, and is preparing for the certification exam. Gallahter has also completed the course requirements for International Certification for Gambling Counselors and is currently an intern in this area.