Addiction is commonly believed to be a concern for teens or younger adults. Unfortunately, addiction doesn’t have an age or socioeconomic victim of choice. It crosses all ages, socioeconomic levels, gender and race. As it does so, older adults are commonly identified as being addicted to drugs and/or alcohol.
Often addiction is a symptom of a deeper problem. To offer the best treatment option for individuals, their specific issues must be understood and addressed. A cookie cutter approach to addiction treatment just doesn’t work.
Many get sober through 12-step programs. These are self-help programs based on attending meetings that are peer supported and peer lead. Individuals “work” the 12-steps to find sobriety and have a sponsor, someone more advanced in their own recovery, who helps them through the recovery process.
Unfortunately, the prescriptions for anti-anxiety medication have a high potential for abuse. Many people innocently go to their doctor for a solution to their anxiety and have no idea that they will become physically, mentally and emotionally dependent on the very thing that was meant to give them freedom.
PAWS can feel like a rollercoaster of emotions and symptoms. Being aware that these symptoms may occur can help to be prepared for them. Knowing that they usually don’t last for more than a day or two makes them bearable and less frightening.