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Addiction Treatment Programs for Older Adults & Seniors

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Addiction treatment programs for older adults and seniors

We often think of addiction as a young person’s problem, but it affects people of all ages, from teens to the elderly. While seniors are less likely to abuse substances overall, drug and alcohol abuse are on the rise among this group.

In 2014, more than a million people aged 65 or older had a substance use disorder (SUD). Most had an alcohol use disorder, while a smaller number had a problem with illicit drug use.

Binge drinking is also on the rise among seniors age 65 and older. Data collected between 2015 and 2017 by the National Survey on Drug Use and Health found that nearly 11% of seniors who were surveyed said they engaged in binge drinking in the last month.


Signs and symptoms of substance abuse in older adults

Seniors are more likely to have chronic pain and are more likely to be socially isolated, increasing their risk of developing a substance use disorder. Seniors who use prescription opioids to manage pain are at an especially high risk of SUD.

Signs and symptoms of substance abuse can include:

  • Agitation
  • Anxiety
  • Liver Problems
  • Depression
  • Hostility/aggression
  • Lapses in memory
  • Loss of friends
  • Memory impairment
  • Repeated falls
  • Slurred speech
  • Inability to perform activities of daily living
  • Difficulty sleeping or daytime sleepiness

Alcohol in particular can be dangerous for seniors with health conditions, since it can increase blood pressure, blood sugar levels, and lead to weight gain. This can worsen conditions like hypertension, diabetes, and obesity. Even occasional binge drinking increases the risk of falls, cognitive impairment, dementia, depression and suicide in older adults.


Specialized program for older adults

Significant life changes, such as losing a spouse, the ending of an important relationship, or the onset of chronic health problems can lead to maladaptive behaviors and substance use disorder.

If you’re a senior looking for a substance abuse treatment program, BriteLife Recovery can help. We’ve developed a specialized addiction treatment program for older adult addictions.

We believe building a support network of peers with similar life experience is a critical part of recovery. Within the safe space of our addiction treatment center, our skilled counselors will guide group sessions in which you’ll be able to talk freely and openly about your feelings and experiences among peers.

You’ll also have access to a range of indoor and outdoor amenities, including a beautiful private garden, gazebos, a pool and a state-of-the-art movie theater. We want you to feel welcomed and comfortable.

If you or someone you know is a senior suffering with a drug or alcohol addiction, please reach out to our support team at 201.464.4040. Our addiction specialists are available to provide confidential help 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

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