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Updated: January 24, 2021
Drug Treatment is not just for Children, HELP OUR PARENTs
in this country. In 2013, an estimated 22.7 million Americans (8.6
percent) needed treatment for a problem related to drugs or alcohol, but only
about 2.5 million people (0.9 percent) received treatment at a specialty
early sixties. This increase is, in part, due to the aging of the baby
boomers, whose rates of illicit drug use have historically been higher than
those of previous generations.
illegal drug use among the baby boom generation, people born between 1946 and
1964, suggest that the number of older adults using illegal drugs will increase
in the next two decades. In fact, it has been predicted that by the year
2020, the number of persons needing treatment for a drug abuse and
addiction will double among persons aged 50 or older.
2008, 4.3 million adults aged 50 or older, or 4.7% of adults in that age
range, had used an illegal drug in the past year.
2000 and 2008, substance abuse treatment admissions among those aged 50
and older increased by 70%, while the overall 50-plus population grew by
for substance abuse, including illegal drugs, prescription drugs and
over-the-counter drugs (OTC) is over age 50.
challenge that most aging people never thought they would have to face.
Neither did their families. But, dealing with addiction among older
adults requires our immediate attention.
treatment- it’s too late to change.
for older adults in addiction treatment is as good or better than that for
addiction lack the inner strength to fight and overcome this disease.
causes but lack of inner strength is not one of them. Causes of addiction
include heredity, stressful events such as the death of a loved one,
retirement, health problems and reactions to medicine.
abuse and addiction can be seen as a normal part of the aging process or
attributed to other diseases, resulting in a missed diagnosis of the addiction.
problems, fatigue, memory loss or mood swings
health problems, accidents or falls
of interest in hobbies or other social activities
of personal hygiene, appearance or weight loss
gait, unexplained bruises or frequent fall
words, defensiveness or increased stress
abuse and addiction and less likely to be seen as a normal part of the aging
process or attributed to other diseases.
illegal drugs or drug paraphernalia
often clearly under the influence of drugs or alcohol
about doctors who refuse to write prescriptions for preferred addictive
use of illegal drugs or taking more pills than prescribed because the
drugs “just aren’t helping anymore”
abusing drugs with the intent to hurt themselves
medications or drinking alcohol with medications despite warnings not to
to multiple doctors -“doctor shopping” -for additional prescriptions of
choice to not tell doctor of all prescriptions or illegal drugs they may
Mark Gladden is the owner of Present Moments Recovery is a Residential Treatment Center specializing in Recovery Services for the Baby Boomer generation. Our home is located in a single family home on a single family street in North County San Diego.
Present Moments detox and drug rehab center is the premier provider of comfortable and safe Addiction treatment in San Diego. Call us and get help today.
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