Rehab Programs for Older Adults

You only get one life - so why not embrace the joys of each moment? No matter what your situation, never accept a treatable disease as an inevitable condition. If you need treatment, you can find understanding and supportive care among people of a similar age at a senior-focused addiction treatment or behavioral health program.

Cascade Treatment Center, WA
Lakeland Treatment Center, MO
Options Treatment Center, IN
Park Royal Hospital Treatment Center, FL
Riverview Treatment Center, AR
Rebound Treatment Center, SC
Longleaf Treatment Center, LA
North Tampa Treatment Center, FL
Riverwoods Treatment Center, GA
Acadiana Treatment Center, LA
Drug and alcohol misuse harm your physical and emotional health and rob you of years of future independence. Not many people talk openly about their substance abuse problems, but substance misuse is common among all age groups. It’s nothing shameful; it’s a normal human problem – but it still takes courage and determination to overcome.

Fortunately, you don’t have to do it on your own. Treatment works, and if it’s an option, age-appropriate care makes sense. Though you could get help in a mixed-age setting, age-appropriate programs increase your comfort and improve the odds of a good outcome.

Why Is Age-Appropriate Treatment Important?

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA) recommends that older adults get age-appropriate treatment when possible. You have more in common with people of a similar age and you also have unique treatment content needs and learning styles.

According to SAMHSA, ideal treatment programs for older adults differ from general adult programs in a number of important ways, such as:

  • Program staff members should enjoy and have experience working with seniors.
  • Program content should focus on helping seniors cope with problems like loneliness, bereavement, depression and loss.
  • The program should explicitly help seniors rebuild a social support network.
  • Program staff should be flexible and deliver treatment content in ways that ensure client understanding. This could mean slowing the rate of delivery between slides or increasing text size in handouts.
  • The program should help seniors make linkages to outside support agencies, as appropriate.
  • Since seniors often feel shame and guilt about their need for treatment, programs need to be supportive and self-esteem building, and never confrontational.
So though you could get addiction or behavioral health treatment in any mixed-age program, senior-specific programs focus in on age-specific issues and deliver treatment in a comfortable and comprehensible way.

Treatment Works

Can you really make a change? Is treatment going to work?

Fortunately, research is clear on this – substance abuse treatment works, and though many older adults never seek help, those that get help tend to do as well or better than younger adults getting similar therapies.

Why Get Treatment?

Though you may feel like quitting alcohol or drugs means giving up on pleasure in life, in reality, recovery opens up a whole new world of possibilities and improves quality of life.

Reducing alcohol or drug misuse:

  • Increases cognitive and emotional health; it helps you think clearly and feel good.
  • Decreases physical health problems.
  • Decreases the risks of falls and injury.
  • Increases the odds of lengthy independence (drug or alcohol misuse can accelerate your need for living assistance).
So though quitting is hard and though asking for help can feel embarrassing (though you have nothing to be ashamed of) and though you may worry that you’ll miss the pleasures of alcohol or drugs – in reality, the price you’ll pay for continuing exceeds any small pleasures they provide.

But really, you don’t quit alcohol or drugs to prevent problems; you do it to open the door to greater health, better thinking, more energy and vitality as well as a better emotional well being. You do it to open the door again to all the pleasures of life and to make your retirement years the best years of your life.

Change is possible!

  • Age-Appropriate: people of a similar age, unique treatment & learning styles
  • Enjoy Life: decreases physical health problems & increases independence

Page last updated Mar 30, 2014

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