Help for Older Adults (50+)

Drug and alcohol abuse is an epidemic affecting hundreds of thousands of Americans each day. With overdose now the leading cause of death for people under 50, it’s more important than ever to recognize when substance abuse has become a problem and seek help. Unfortunately, social stigmas, misinformation, and general distrust of the recovery industry leave many people vulnerable to the tragic and potentially fatal consequences of substance abuse.

Don’t let fear cost you your life. Call us today for information about how we can help.

Getting Addiction Treatment for Older Adults

Many seniors suffer in silence while struggling with the grips of a chronic substance use disorder.

The over-prescription of highly addictive opiates has skyrocketed rates of crippling addiction throughout communities of older adults aged 50+. One in three older Americans who receive Medicare are prescribed opioid-based painkillers.

The bottom line is:

Older adults and seniors suffering from chronic substance use disorders aren’t getting the treatment they need to recover.

Without proper medical and psychiatric attention, severe substance use disorders will potentially shorten one’s lifespan.

Getting professional addiction treatment is the only way to ensure the physical and mental well-being of older adults.

Get help before it’s too late.

Opioid Abuse Statistics for Older Adults

  •  Painkillers are abused most by older adults; specifically one percent of adults 65+ and older and four percent among ages 50 to 64

  • 40 percent of older adults are prescribed opioid-based painkillers for chronic pain, often taking them for long periods of time

  • Older adults prescribed tranquilizer sand benzodiazepines herald a high potential for developing chronic substance use disorders

  •  In 2012 14,230 older adults aged 65+ were admitted into drug rehabilitation

Why Older People Abuse Opioids

Older adults are in a precarious stage of life, especially when spouses, parents, and loved ones begin passing away. In fact, this is one of the leading causes of self-medication sorely under reported among the population.

When entering late adulthood, one may find their independence fleeting and feel sorely isolated from the life they once had. This depression hastily ensues— and complicates— already present mental health disorders, or gives rise to one (or several— depending on the circumstances).

Loss of mobility, one’s home, and familiar surroundings (if placed in a living facility for older people) is the catalyst for mass unrest within this population. Opioid painkillers and other opiate-based medications then become a way for older adults to momentarily numb themselves to both internal and external pain.

Without psychiatric support or frequent and meaningful interaction with family and friends, addiction is allowed to spiral out of control— and grows worse with continually refilling prescriptions.

Other factors of abuse include divorce and empty nest syndrome.

Unique Hurdles Older Adults Must Overcome to Recover

Perhaps the most heart breaking part of addiction among older adult populations is a loss of hope. There is a pervasive stigma surrounding older populations that it is “too late” to receive treatment for chronic substance use disorders.

Thankfully, it’s never too late to get treatment!

Programs designed specifically to target unique problems among older adults have been created across the entire country to help combat nationally rising rates of fatal opiate overdoses. Continual support, medical care, and psychiatric treatment are necessary for recovery, and there are no bars on age as to their effectiveness for sobriety!

Shame is another governing factor preventing older adults from seeking treatment.

We’re here to tell you addiction is a legitimate, measurable disease.

There is no shame in seeking help.

It’s never too late.

Why Treatment for Older Adults Varies from Other Treatment Populations

Akin to adolescent treatment for addiction, addiction treatment for older adults focuses on helping people aged 50+ learn to transition into their unique facet of life.

Cognitive behavioral therapeutic approaches will tackle topics such as:

  • Death of a spouse or loved one
  • Death of one’s parents
  • Coming to terms with one’s own encroaching passing
  • Coping with losing mobility
  • Learning to be happy despite needing assistance

Alike teens tackling puberty, older adults are in a unique echelon of life and sometimes need help learning to manage the new tides of life.

These problems are typically the root of one’s substance use disorder and thereby become one of the main facets of treatment.

Get help today— we’re never promised tomorrow.

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