A Second Adolescence: When Seniors Use Drugs

When older Americans use drugs it’s often for the same reasons that teenagers do: to cope, out of curiosity, and from a lack of passions. Feelings of mortality, boredom and loneliness are common ...

10 Barriers to Addiction Treatment for Seniors

Older adults find it difficult to access good, knowledgeable and age-appropriate treatment programs. Here are ten major reasons why seniors are under served in this area.

Late Onset Alcoholism: Understand & Treat It
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Late onset drinking: The causes and consequences, the differences between late onset and early onset drinking and the unique treatment needs of older alcoholics.

Effective Older Adult Addiction Treatment
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It's a given that older adults and seniors do better in treatment programs with peers of a similar age, but what else do you need to look for to find a great addiction treatment program that's going ...

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Older adults find it difficult to access good, knowledgeable and age-appropriate treatment programs. Here are ten major reasons why seniors are under served in this area.

Late Onset Alcoholism – Causes, Consequences and Treatment Needs © Enthuan

Late onset drinking: The causes and consequences, the differences between late onset and early onset drinking and the unique treatment needs of older alcoholics.

7 Characteristics of Effective Addiction Treatment for Older Adults and Seniors © moodboard

It's a given that older adults and seniors do better in treatment programs with peers of a similar age, but what else do you need to look for to find a great addiction treatment program that's going to work well for an older adult or a senior?

Alcohol Rehab for Older Women - It Is Never too Late © Pol Ubeda

Seniors do very well in alcohol rehab, and since the risks of drinking increase as we age, older women who drink too much need help right now.

It's Never Too Late for Help: Alcohol Abuse and The Elderly © Dmitry Papkovich

Estimates put the number of alcohol dependent seniors in the millions, and only a fraction of these are getting the help they need. For a number of reasons, alcohol abuse in the elderly often goes undiagnosed; and too often, elderly alcoholics are never presented with the treatment options that could greatly improve their health and quality of life. Old age is not a valid reason for self destructive drinking, and families do not offer kindness to older relatives when they attempt to spare them the pain and difficulty of addictions treatment. The elderly deserve the same access to treatment as the rest of the population, and since alcohol is especially debilitating to older bodies, the time for any needed treatment is now.

Drug & Alcohol Rehab for Seniors © Chibart

We don't customarily consider that there is much of a need for drug and alcohol rehab for seniors, but the reality of senior drug and alcohol abuse requires us to shift our thinking, and get more seniors the help they need for what is becoming a growing societal problem.

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