Henry worked six day a week, ten hours a day until he turned 68. At 75 he had extremely stomach pains and his family rushes him to the hospital. After a series of test, the doctor told Henry and his family he had cirrhosis of the liver. Claudia and Kyle are shocked because they have never seen their father drunk. However both Henry and his wife Julie are not surprised by the news. He drank when his children were young but it continually increased once they moved out. The doctor recommended rehab and definite lifestyle changes. If he continued drinking, he would destroy the rest of his liver. Henry agreed to transfer from the hospital to a rehab facility. This is only the beginning of the road for Henry and his family. When he leaves rehab, staying sober is going to be a challenge for him and his family. He is going to need the support of alcohol anonymous.
To further help Henry, seeking out counseling would be beneficial. As Henry's caregiver, Julie could also benefit from a counseling. A counselor would help him recognize qualities, design a plan, and move forward toward a future.
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Addiction Center -
Drug addiction is marked by being unable to stop abusing drugs or alcohol. Someone addicted to drugs or alcohol will continue using despite the harm it causes themselves and their loved ones.
Different drugs have different effects on a person’s mind and body. Some substances are more addictive than others. Other drugs have more potent effects. Given enough time, drug abuse often develops into addiction.
If left untreated, alcohol and drug addiction can lead to severe injury or even death.
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Addiction Center - Addiction in the Elderly
According to the Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services, substance abuse among senior citizens can be classified into two general forms: the “hardy survivor,” or those who have been abusing substances for many years and have reached 65, and the “late onset” group, which is those who form addictions later in life.
Regardless of how old you are or when your addiction started, there are treatment options available to help you get back on a healthy path.
As people get older, their mental health, physical health and personal relationships may start to deteriorate. Although addiction can be difficult to recognize in this demographic, it’s important to pay attention to any unusual signs your elderly loved one displays.
Once an addiction is identified, it is critical to seek out a treatment center that has specific experience working with seniors facing addiction. Call 866-762-9650 to speak to a representative at Addiction Center treatment center. www.addictioncenter.com
Alcohol Rehab Guide (ARG) - Alcohol consumption among older adults in the U.S. has grown steadily over the past couple of decades. Between 2002 and 2006, an average of 2.8 million adults over the age of 50 suffered from substance use disorders, including alcoholism. By 2020, that number is projected to double, totaling roughly 5.7 million seniors.
Drinking problems among those entering their golden years are sometimes overlooked or even misdiagnosed. The symptoms of depression – insomnia, mood swings and anxiety – can mirror the warning signs of alcoholism. Substance abuse screenings are rarely part of annual physical exams, making it more challenging to detect the early signs of a potential drinking problem.
Chronic health conditions, which are long-term diseases that worsen over time, can also increase the risk for elderly alcohol dependence. Recent studies suggest that seniors suffering from multiple chronic conditions are roughly five times more likely to have a drinking problem. The most common chronic conditions among seniors include type 2 diabetes, heart disease, obesity and cancer.
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As a family member or friend of someone struggling with an alcohol use disorder (AUD), it can be challenging to find the right words to say or things to do. It’s difficult to watch a loved one’s drinking pattern worsen, as it may take a toll on your relationship with them. While you cannot force a person to get help for alcoholism, there are various ways you can support them and encourage them to seek treatment. The best thing you can do for a loved one who is recovering from an AUD is to motivate and support them every step of the way. Learn about alcohol support options by giving us a call now 844-500-2558
Center for Disease Control (CDC) - Mental health is essential to overall health and well-being. CDC’s Healthy Aging Program is dedicated to monitoring the mental health status of the older adult population and connecting public health and aging services professionals with resources they can use to improve the health and quality of life of older Americans.
The State of Mental Health and Aging in America
This report series provides a framework for examining the mental health of adults age 50 and older in the United States. The first Issue Brief provides data and lays the foundation for understanding key issues related to mental health in older adults. The second Issue Brief focuses on programs and resources to address depression in this population. View an interactive version of data from this report in the Healthy Aging Data Portfolio.
Depression is Not a Normal Part of Growing Older
Depression is a true and treatable medical condition, not a normal part of aging. However older adults are at an increased risk for experiencing depression. If you are concerned about a loved one, offer to go with him or her to see a health care provider to be diagnosed and treated.
Depression is not just having “the blues” or the emotions we feel when grieving the loss of a loved one. It is a true medical condition that is treatable, like diabetes or hypertension. Fact sheet on aging and depression in older adults.
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The Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation - is a force of healing and hope for individuals, families and communities affected by addiction to alcohol and other drugs. It is the nation's largest nonprofit treatment provider, with a legacy that began in 1949 and includes the 1982 founding of the Betty Ford Center. With 17 sites in California, Minnesota, Oregon, Illinois, New York, Florida, Massachusetts, Colorado and Texas, the Foundation offers prevention and recovery solutions nationwide and across the continuum of care for adults and youth.
Recent census data estimates that nearly 35 million people in the United States are 65 years or older. Substance abuse among those 60 years and older (including misuse of prescription drugs) currently affects about 17 percent of this population. By 2020, the number of older adults with substance abuse problems is expected to double.
Hazelden's drug and alcohol treatment services are in-network with most insurance carriers. Learn more about your insurance options or call us. We'll check your benefits and get you started. 1-866-261-3622
National Institute of Health (NIH) - is the lead federal agency for research on mental disorders. NIMH is one of the 27 Institutes and Centers that make up the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the largest biomedical research agency in the world. NIH is part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Mission – to transform the understanding and treatment mental illnesses through basic and clinical research, paving the way for prevention, recovery, and cure.
It’s just as important for an older person with symptoms of depression to seek treatment as it is for someone younger. The impact of depression on health in older adults can be severe: much research has reported that depression is associated with worse health in people with conditions like heart disease, diabetes, and stroke. Depression can complicate the treatment of these conditions, including making it more difficult for someone to care for him- or herself and to seek treatment when needed. In older adults, depression may be disregarded as frailty, or it may be viewed as an inevitable result of life changes, chronic illness, and disability. Recognizing the signs and seeing a health practitioner is the first step to getting treatment, which can make a real difference in someone’s quality of life.
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