Risk Factors for Alcohol and Drug Abuse
- Retirement: Though Retirement is something people dream of most of their working life it can be one of the worst things for people’s mental health and well-being. People expect to retire into pure bliss but instead are hit with depression, purposelessness, and financial strain all factors that can contribute to substance abuse. Those that were forced to retire or who retired out of fear of their company going under were at greater risk for substance abuse in retirement. Many people are not prepared for this shift in lifestyle and can turn to alcohol and drugs for comfort.
- Isolation and Loneliness: Older adults can become more and more isolated as they age. When they leave the workforce, they lose a lot of their social contact. They may lose contact with their social circles as many of their friends who may move away and start to pass away. Often family members can be busy managing their own lives and older adults can become more isolated and alone. They may not know how to re-create new networks of friends and may again turn to alcohol to numb the pain.
- Grief: Part of aging is losing the people you care for and love. Just because loss is part of aging it does not make it any easier. Many people fail to have the proper skills to help them cope with the loss of a loved one, especially if the loss is their spouse. If older adults do not have a support network to help them process the grief and to find a place in the world where they feel they still belong it can lead to major mental health challenges that may result in them using alcohol and drugs to cope.
- Sleep Difficulties: Many older adults struggle with sleep. They may turn to sleep pills and alcohol to help them get the rest they need. Unfortunately, these sleep aids can cause a lot of damage if one becomes dependent on them.
- Lack of Healthy Coping Skills: Those that use alcohol as a way to cope with life stressors are at greater risk for developing a substance abuse disorder compared to those who have healthier coping skills.
Senior Substance Abuse Treatment You Can Trust
Maybe you’ve tried another recovery program before when you were younger—or perhaps you never imagined you’d become addicted to drugs or alcohol, and now you need help. You might be wondering: How do I know this will work? Will I be the only senior at the rehab for older adults center? How do I know if the program they call alcohol rehab for the elderly will really suit my needs? We understand your concerns.
Reputation. Beachway is one of the top 1% of treatment centers in the United States. Our rigorous quality standards are acknowledged by a Joint Commission independent review.
Expertise. Our professionals are on site and include a medical director, clinical staff, therapists and staff that understand your journey. Some of us are alumni of Beachway and are so passionate about the care here that we have committed to helping you realize the same results—recovery for life.
Staff. Our expert staff includes:
- Medical director
- Clinical director
- Admissions director
- Outreach coordinator
- Therapists and counselors
- Nurse practitioner
- Art therapists, psychodrama facilitator, chiropractor
Call Today for Senior Rehab
We meet you where you are. Are you a senior looking for substance abuse treatment—are you concerned about an elderly loved one who might be addicted to alcohol or drugs? We’re here for you. Call us now, toll-free, any time of the day or night. A friendly associate will personally answer any of your questions. Your call is completely confidential—so don’t hesitate to reach out to us today. Call 877-284-0353.