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Senior Citizens and Addiction

Changes both physically and mentally have an impact on senior citizens and addiction.

studio image of senior womanAddiction is increasing among Senior Citizens over the age of 50. Statistically, people are living longer and healthier lives.  Changes both physically and mentally, along with how medications, alcohol, and other substances are processed in the body, do occur with aging. These changes can cause someone who could once easily tolerate 2 or 3 drinks in an evening, to become intoxicated after a single drink.  What was once a pleasant “buzz,” can in later life result in delayed response, confusion, and dizziness that can increase the likelihood of falls or accidents.

Illegal drugs, usually considered something that younger adults use, are increasing with adults over the age of 50.

For some, the use of illegal substances is a continuation of when they first started "experimenting" or using in the 1960s or 70s when the substances were easily accessible. Marijuana, popular during those years and since, is the most commonly used illicit drug in the United States.  Becoming legalized and easier to access in more states, it remains popular with the older crowd.

Stimulants are sometimes prescribed for conditions such as ADHD or narcolepsy in older adults.  Street drugs such as cocaine and methamphetamines are used by older adults for increased energy, and feelings of pleasure and euphoria.

Effects of drugs in an older person will have effects like those of alcohol with slower response time and increased time to overcome the effects of the drugs. It can also take much less of a substance to increase the risk of a drug overdose with older adults.

Prescription drug abuse occurs with senior citizens also.  When a prescription is not used as prescribed, health issues and addiction can occur.  Prescription drugs that produce feelings of relaxation and euphoria are more likely to be abused than those not producing feelings of intoxication.  The most commonly abused prescription drugs are anti-anxiety medications and opioids.

Combining alcohol and drugs, either prescribed or illegal, can increase the danger of harmful effects.  Physiological changes associated with aging alters how the body absorbs, metabolizes, and excretes drugs, often slowing the process resulting in the effects being maintained for a longer time.

Older adults and their family members may deny that addiction is a problem.

Sometimes it is difficult to confront a parent or older family member when substance abuse is suspected. Substance abuse treatment is available for older adults; recovery is possible and can result in longer and healthier lives.  Interventions that offer support and understanding can help people overcome their addiction and maintain recovery.

image of pool and private fishing pier at Gulf Breeze RecoveryGulf Breeze Recovery offers treatment options that recognize the specialized care that is necessary for older adults.

Options are available for residential care as well as intensive outpatient programs.  The professional staff at Gulf Breeze Recovery can help identify the care that will best fit the needs of the individual.

Incorporating a holistic treatment program, Gulf Breeze Recovery focuses on the physical and emotional needs of their guests.  Professional medical and clinical staff strive to give every individual the best care and opportunity for long term sobriety.

If you or someone you care about, has an ongoing history of alcohol or substance use and/or relapse, contact Gulf Breeze Recovery or call: (855) 433-4480 to speak to an addiction expert to learn more about their residential program, out-patient program, and intensive out-patient program, and which of these can best fit your individual needs.  These programs have helped many people overcome their addiction and embrace their new happy, healthy, substance-free lifestyle.

We help people not just to survive, but to THRIVE!

Changes both physically and mentally have an impact on senior citizens and addiction.

studio image of senior womanAddiction is increasing among Senior Citizens over the age of 50. Statistically, people are living longer and healthier lives.  Changes both physically and mentally, along with how medications, alcohol, and other substances are processed in the body, do occur with aging. These changes can cause someone who could once easily tolerate 2 or 3 drinks in an evening, to become intoxicated after a single drink.  What was once a pleasant “buzz,” can in later life result in delayed response, confusion, and dizziness that can increase the likelihood of falls or accidents.

Illegal drugs, usually considered something that younger adults use, are increasing with adults over the age of 50.

For some, the use of illegal substances is a continuation of when they first started "experimenting" or using in the 1960s or 70s when the substances were easily accessible. Marijuana, popular during those years and since, is the most commonly used illicit drug in the United States.  Becoming legalized and easier to access in more states, it remains popular with the older crowd.

Stimulants are sometimes prescribed for conditions such as ADHD or narcolepsy in older adults.  Street drugs such as cocaine and methamphetamines are used by older adults for increased energy, and feelings of pleasure and euphoria.

Effects of drugs in an older person will have effects like those of alcohol with slower response time and increased time to overcome the effects of the drugs. It can also take much less of a substance to increase the risk of a drug overdose with older adults.

Prescription drug abuse occurs with senior citizens also.  When a prescription is not used as prescribed, health issues and addiction can occur.  Prescription drugs that produce feelings of relaxation and euphoria are more likely to be abused than those not producing feelings of intoxication.  The most commonly abused prescription drugs are anti-anxiety medications and opioids.

Combining alcohol and drugs, either prescribed or illegal, can increase the danger of harmful effects.  Physiological changes associated with aging alters how the body absorbs, metabolizes, and excretes drugs, often slowing the process resulting in the effects being maintained for a longer time.

Older adults and their family members may deny that addiction is a problem.

Sometimes it is difficult to confront a parent or older family member when substance abuse is suspected. Substance abuse treatment is available for older adults; recovery is possible and can result in longer and healthier lives.  Interventions that offer support and understanding can help people overcome their addiction and maintain recovery.

image of pool and private fishing pier at Gulf Breeze RecoveryGulf Breeze Recovery offers treatment options that recognize the specialized care that is necessary for older adults.

Options are available for residential care as well as intensive outpatient programs.  The professional staff at Gulf Breeze Recovery can help identify the care that will best fit the needs of the individual.

Incorporating a holistic treatment program, Gulf Breeze Recovery focuses on the physical and emotional needs of their guests.  Professional medical and clinical staff strive to give every individual the best care and opportunity for long term sobriety.

If you or someone you care about, has an ongoing history of alcohol or substance use and/or relapse, contact Gulf Breeze Recovery or call: (855) 433-4480 to speak to an addiction expert to learn more about their residential program, out-patient program, and intensive out-patient program, and which of these can best fit your individual needs.  These programs have helped many people overcome their addiction and embrace their new happy, healthy, substance-free lifestyle.

We help people not just to survive, but to THRIVE!

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About Gulf Breeze Recovery:

Gulf Breeze Recovery, unlike other treatment centers in Florida, is a non 12 step holistic drug and alcohol rehab that is changing the future of addiction treatment with their THRIVE® (Total Health Recovery) program focused on overcoming chronic relapse.
Gulf Breeze Recovery’s THRIVE® program is a non 12-step approach designed for those who are looking for a drug and alcohol treatment program to produce a different and positive result.
This non-12 step program allows you to drive beyond your addictions and promotes a new outlook on life.
We are licensed by the Florida Department of Children and Families, and our last audit scored 99.7! Also, we are gold certified by the Joint Commission.

Program logo: Gulf Breeze Recovery offers a true non-12-Step, holistic drug treatment program with licensed mental health professionals who have small caseloads so that they can offer individualized and intensive care and it's called THRIVE®

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