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- Andrew McKenna - JD
- Deputy Director of NCADD Westchester
Alcohol and Drug Rehab Centers for Seniors or Older Adults Atlanta
Seniors are among the fastest-growing populations facing Substance Use Disorders. This is for both clinical and cultural reasons. On the one hand, the aging process brings about multiple physical and mental health issues, such as chronic pain, depression and anxiety over getting older. Many may turn to alcohol and other drugs to self-medicate. On another front, baby boomers who came of age in a culture of increased substance use often have trouble letting it go in their later years. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) reports that older adults are a special group because they are particularly vulnerable to the negative effects of substances and, therefore, substance misuse.
Specialized Rehab for the Elderly
Substance Use Disorders in older adults is often overlooked, but treatment must address their unique age-related care needs. Many seniors think it’s “too late” or “not worth it” to seek treatment and many have a hard time even admitting they have a problem. Treatment must provide a supportive and affirming environment to help them more readily embrace the care process. While alcohol use disorder is the most common type of addiction issue in older adults, many also struggle with prescription drugs, like opioids and benzodiazepines (benzos), that they take as part of the aging process.
Getting Help for Yourself or A Loved One
There’s nothing wrong with admitting you need help. You’ve lived an amazing life and have meant so many things to so many people. It’s time to put yourself first and get the help you need for alcohol and drug addiction or abuse. You don’t have to spend the later years of your life fighting a losing battle with alcohol or drug abuse. There are many drug rehab facilities that have an addiction treatment program or group specifically tailored for Seniors 65+ or older adults. Use our senior drug rehab directory below to find treatment for Substance Use Disorders.
Resources for Substance Use Disorders for Older Adults and Seniors
- Substance Use Treatment for Older Adults | SAMHSA
- Substance Use Disorders in Older Adults: Overview - ASA Generations
- Substance Use in Older Adults DrugFacts | National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)
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