Addiction is a disease, not a moral failure—and that message is beginning to resonate with younger generations.
For many older adults, however, the stigma of addiction persists and keeps them from seeking the help they need to break free from drugs or alcohol.
Compounding the issue are those who believe addiction isn’t really a problem for older adults or, even worse, that it’s not worth the effort to help them.
The reality is that addiction takes a toll on everyone, but it can be especially harmful to those battling other health issues. And everyone deserves a chance to enjoy life without the noose of addiction.
Addiction Rehab for Older Adults
In a research paper on addiction and the elderly, American Family Physician notes that older adults vary in their commitment to treatment, burden of comorbid disease, extent of family support, insurance coverage and access to transportation.
All of these factors should be considered when determining the best type of treatment.
Family also has a role to play, including the following:
- Seeking medical attention for decline in cognitive ability or self-care
- Corroborating information on recent and long-term drinking patterns
- Participate in confrontation, if needed
- Provide support during detox and treatment
- Assist in coordination with community services at home
- Make decisions for those who are unable to do so due to cognitive decline
The bottom line is that addiction can and should be treated—at every age.
Colorado Drug & Alcohol Addiction Treatment
Many older adults turn to alcohol or drugs as an escape from the realities of life and of ageing. But the truth is that people in their twenties also use drugs and alcohol to escape their problems. That’s why it isn’t just our goal to make sure your loved one stays sober. It’s our goal to make sure they have a healthy outlook on life—and develop the tools needed to deal with the challenges that face all of us. Fill out our form or contact us today to learn more about the treatment programs at The Raleigh House.