When an elderly loved one is facing an addiction, it can often go untreated for a very long time. This can be due to no one being around to notice it, or it can be because people have a hesitation to interfere with the person’s life, thinking they have made it through a lot in their lives and deserve to be left alone. By the time an elderly person is ready for rehab, it can already be something that is so far beyond control that it would be unsafe for the elderly person to try and stop using on their own. That is where we can help.
Treating Elderly Addiction Takes Finesse
Sometimes elderly addiction stems from losing those around the person and them wanting to medicate their own loneliness and depression, while others times an addiction is purely an accident because the person took too much medication, forgetting previous doses. Either one of these cases could be what happened to your loved one, or it could be something completely different. Seeking the reason for the addiction is only one portion of the treatment process.
Elderly patients need to be treated differently than those addicts who are young adults or teenagers. They need to have a different approach to see the damage their addiction is doing, because if they are approached in the wrong way, it could lead someone to think they are already nearing the end of their life and there is no reason to stop. That could not be further from the truth.
Changes in the Body and Mind When Getting Over an Addiction
- Your brain starts to try and come out of the haze that comes with being high
The Benefits of Seeking Elderly Addiction Treatment
Once an addiction is over, a new chapter of your life can begin. You no longer have to worry about how to pay for your addiction, going out and having someone see you not quite feeling like yourself, your family worrying about you being alone, or be fearful of seeing your doctor. You can connect with your loved ones again, and you can be proud of living life on your own terms. Addiction is a cruel master, but you do not have to spend the rest of your life at the end of those chains.