(4296) Senior (65 or older) Alcohol Rehab Treatment Centers
If you’re of senior age (65 and older) and you’re struggling with alcohol abuse, you don’t have to be ashamed or afraid to ask for help. There’s a stigma and perception that alcoholism is a young person’s issue or that it’s a problem of irresponsible youth. The reality is, however, that seniors are among the fastest-growing population of people struggling with substance use disorder.
As more and more people who grew up in a culture of substance use enter their senior years, they often bring these problems with them at a point when their bodies find it harder and more challenging to metabolize alcohol and other substances. The good news is there are specialized alcohol rehab centers for seniors that can address these unique physical and behavioral issues.
Specialized Benefits of Senior-Focused Alcohol Rehab
The origins and impact of alcohol abuse among seniors are unique and require targeted specialized care from trained professionals. For starters, senior-aged patients who are just starting to become affected by alcohol abuse face distinct mental health issues that can lead to increased drinking (fear of mortality, depression over getting older, economic uncertainty in the face of aging out of the job market, etc.).
Additionally, the physical toll that drinking takes on seniors requires immediate and advanced medical attention. Alcohol rehab for seniors can effectively address these unique issues and provide the quality care that you or your loved one needs.
How Can Senior Rehab Help Me or My Loved One?
Rehab for seniors can facilitate age-specific care on all levels, including medically supervised detox to help you get through the acute withdrawal process and comprehensive behavioral therapy to help you address the unique mental health issues that drive problematic drinking. Don’t let pride get in the way of you getting help for alcohol addiction. There’s no shame in asking for help, no matter how old you are. The sooner you get treatment, the sooner you can start your recovery.
Additional Substance Abuse Resources for the Elderly
- National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) - Provides information, resources, and treatment options for seniors who abuse alcohol.
- Substance Use Treatment for Older Adults | SAMHSA