Elderly Drug Addiction Treatment Centers | Sprout Helath New Jersey
At Sprout Health New Jersey, we work with patients to dig deep into the source and causes of their addiction.
While most think of young adults as being challenged by substance abuse and drug addiction, elderly people also have addictions to contend with. There are millions of adults that suffer in the grips of substance abuse. In fact, elderly substance abuse is one of the nation’s fastest growing health problems. Many seniors are living longer and tend to abuse drugs in their later years.
Substance abuse may affect up to 20 percent of the nation’s elderly population; this also includes misuse of prescription drugs. By 2020, the number of elderly people with substance abuse problems is expected to double. Many older people, around the age of 60, grew up in a culture where alcohol and drugs were more prevalent. They have a common mindset that substances can be used to fix things. Naturally, this age group is more susceptible to becoming addicted to drugs or alcohol as they have little hesitation when it comes to popping pills.
How Aging Affects the Body
As people age, their sensitivity to alcohol increases, while their tolerance decreases. Their percentage of water to body weight also decreases. Alcohol is dissolved in water, and since elderly people have less body water, they are affected by alcohol more quickly than a younger person; however, alcohol takes longer to metabolize in an elderly person. The same would hold true of any illegal drug or substance. Older women, due to their physical makeup, are even more vulnerable to the effects of alcohol and drugs.
Where Addiction Starts
Elderly people can become addicted for a number of reasons. It can start with loneliness. Friends, relatives and pets pass away. Children move away, and many elderly people are left alone. Many start down the road by becoming addicted to painkillers. Financial difficulties can create a great deal of worry and stress, and depression can set in. Many elderly people no longer feel needed and valued. This opens the door to depression, and then their attempt to find ways to stop the mental and physical pain.
The First Step Toward Detox
At Sprout Health New Jersey, we work with patients to dig deep into the source and causes of their addiction. An assessment is taken of their medical history and present situation that casts light on their addiction. Once these things are known, an individual treatment plan can be put in place to help the individual get better. Detox can be a challenge, so each treatment plan is individualized to fit the patient’s needs.
Depending on the severity of their addiction, individuals can either receive detox treatment at a facility as an inpatient, or as an outpatient. Both treatment plans will factor in cognitive behavioral therapy and group therapy if needed. The goal of addiction treatment is to help the patient deal with problems in a different manner, and to develop new ways of thinking and behaving to realize positive outcomes.