Although it's not unpopular for an addiction later in life, the health effects of substance abuse for those over the age of 65 can be even more dangerous than in younger users.
A fast progressing health issue in the United States is drug and alcohol abuse among the elderly. The Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services classifies elderly addicts into hardy survivors (continuous substance abuse starting from younger years) and late onset (those who developed the habit during senior years). There are treatment choices available to help you get back on a healthy track, it doesn't matter what your age is or when addiction began.
People older than 65 are often having inadequate help with their addiction because that issue in elderly is often not thought as a serious and is often no diagnosed.
Causes Of Dependence In The Senior Citizens
Drug abuse occurring late in life can be attributed to few probable causes. These could be health problems or life-altering occurrences which lead to a psychological burden.
These are few of the things that are causing older folks to turn to substance abuse. Please give us a call on 0800 772 3971 today, if you or someone you know is battling with addiction problems later in life and requires assistance searching for a treatment program.
Likely precipitants for drug or alcohol addiction in the elderly are:
Death of a close relative, partner, pet or close friend.
Loss of income or financial issues
Relocation to a nursing home
Physical or psychological health issues (depression, amnesia, life-threatening operations, etc.)
The human body becomes more vulnerable to the ill effects of drugs as it grows older.
Some of the most innocuous prescription drugs for the elderly is Benzodiazepines, which are used to treat anxiety, pain or insomnia. These are generously prescribed and highly addictive. Every year the rate of senior citizens addicted to benzos increases.
At 65 our body has diminished its ability to break down drugs and alcohol which contributes to increased susceptibility to their effects. Thus it is dangerous for seniors to use drugs or alcohol at all, even if the person isn't dependent.
How To Recognize Addiction In The Elderly
Some of the psychological or physical health issues, like dementia, depression or diabetes might actually have similar side effects to substance abuse.
This makes it very simple for physicians who come across an elderly patient to tally reducing psychological or physical health just to "old age."
Signs Of Dependence In Elderly Individuals
Physical, psychological health, as well as private relationships, often begin to suffer when a person ages. The task of recognizing the real symptoms of abuse among elderly can be tricky but it pays to be a little more keen to their behaviour or demeanour.
Drug usage in the elderly can sow itself in signs including:
Memory loss or gap
Irritability, sadness, depression
Undetermined chronic pain
Changes in eating traits
Want to be left alone
Failing to bathe or stay clean
Losing communication with loved ones
Lack of interest in regular activities
It is critical to find out a treatment centre that has specific experience working with seniors facing addiction once an addiction is identified.
People over 65 usually don't have enough support that is needed after treatment, so you need to find a specific program that provides case management services in addition to having experience in dealing with elderly addiction. The continued healthy lifestyle is allowed after the treatment with these case management services that provide the elderly with access to medical, psychiatric, and social resources.
Elderly Addiction Statistics
The alerting level at which people with 65 years and older are growing dependencies to different drugs is definitely reason for worry and a thing that should not be neglected by medical personnel, caretakers or blood relations.