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Addiction doesn't discriminate.
As a growing number of the population begins to enter retirement age, the need for treatment is growing too. Every year 10,000 baby boomers are hitting retirement age and the younger members of their generation are quickly getting older as well. As a generation born out of the 60s and 70s and 80s, it should come as no surprise that many of them are now finding themselves with habits that they are unable to control or in their later years have started habits that have become detrimental to their future health. Alcohol is the most commonly abused substance among older adults, but other drugs are often involved.
Risk factors of addiction for older Americans include:
In engaging older adults in substance abuse treatment, it’s important to understand that older adults who do not have a history of lifelong, hard-core addiction are usually reluctant to be associated with what are stereotypically known as down-and-out alcoholics or drug addicts. They need to be understood and treated in contexts that are more comfortable for them and more relevant to their life experiences.
Addiction treatment for the 40+ crowd usually includes a focus on:
Just as with younger individuals, inpatient or outpatient addiction treatment for older adults needs to be flexible and individualized based on their unique needs. Some of the elder-specific treatment strategies and considerations include:
You may be one of the older adults struggling silently with addiction and, if so, reaching out to a well-respected addiction treatment center will open the door to the resources you need to fully recover. Having dealt with a lifetime of challenges, your rich history and past medical or life challenges do not need to be overwhelming when the right tools are available to help.
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