If you or your loved one is a senior citizen suffering from drug addiction, the time to seek help is now. Untreated substance abuse can lead to health problems, financial difficulties and ultimately, premature death. Call American Addiction Centers today at 800-890-1956 so that we can refer you for free to a high-quality rehab facility.
Yes. In the United States, it’s a serious, growing problem. In 2005, 184,400 Americans who were admitted to drug rehab programs – 10% of the total were over 50-years-old, up from 143,000, or 8% of the total, four years earlier.
The federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, which released the figures, expects 4.4 million older substance abusers by 2020.
The behavior of older addicts is different than a teenaged or even middle-aged user. Seniors are not as likely to curse at one another, raise their voices in anger or blast music past midnight. Not only are seniors less likely to exhibit such behavior, they often prefer not to be around others who act this way. This is why senior-specific treatment programs are so important – they surround recovering addicts with others that they can relate to, making group-therapy sessions much more productive.
“We have different health issues, different emotional issues, different grief issues,” Patrick Gallagher, a 66-year-old recovering addict, told the New York Times. “We need more peace and quiet and a different pace.”
Older clients should receive treatment in a peaceful, age-appropriate setting with the necessary building blocks of rehab, including:
Life moves fast. Sometimes the days we have on this earth seem like many, but they’re gone before we know it. Don’t let your last days or those of your loved ones be filled with the blackouts, self-doubt and depression that come from addiction.
Dan Fitzsimmons, a 79-year-old recovering alcoholic, let his drinking get out of hand while in retirement; he had too much time on his hands and a shrinking circle of friends. Nowadays, Fitzsimmons is determined to leave a proper legacy for his grandchildren. He thinks back to when he was a teenager, and was assigned to find his alcoholic grandfather in neighborhood bars.
Fitzsimmons still has the memory of that “old gray-haired guy” out on another drinking binge. “I’m not going to let that happen to me,” Fitzsimmons told the New York Times. “It’s not the way I want to be remembered.”
No matter your insurance, be it Cigna, Aetna, Humana, Blue Cross / Blue Shield (BCBS), Assurant, Unicare, United Health Care, Anthem, Carefirst, Asuris Northwest Health, Golden Rule, Celtic Insurance, Fortis, Health Net, Kaiser, Vista, Shelter, Wellpoint, Tri Care, Accordia or even Medicare, and state insurance – we can help you find a women’s drug rehab facility. We also offer many affordable self pay options as well as luxury senior drug rehab.