There are no age limits to being an alcoholic. The statistics for elderly alcoholism and drug addiction are dramatic. According to the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, 2.5 million older adults have alcohol or drug problems. Widowers over the age of 75 have the highest rate of alcoholism in the U.S. Nearly 50 percent of nursing home residents have alcohol related problems. Nearly 17 million prescriptions for tranquilizers are prescribed for older adults each year. Benzodiazepines, a type of tranquilizing drug, are the most commonly misused and abused prescription medications. Six to eleven percent of elderly hospital admissions are a result of alcohol or drug problems with 14 percent of elderly emergency room admissions and 20 percent of elderly psychiatric hospital admissions. Older adults are hospitalized as often for alcohol related problems as for heart attacks.
If you are elderly and keeping a bottle of bourbon beside your chair, couch or bed, give serious attention to getting some help. There’s nothing to be ashamed of concerning your consumption. Chances are you’ve suffered the loss of a spouse, and many of your best friends have died as well. Your kids live on the other side of the country, our busy with their lives, and don’t visit very often. You feel unseen, shut in and depressed. Who wouldn’t? No matter your reason for drinking and taking too many drugs, you deserve a better and safer life.
Did you know that alcohol is a depressant? That means the more you drink the more depressed you can become. It’s a vicious cycle. Getting help can be as easy as picking up the telephone. There are addiction support groups where you can make new friends and feel connected to your life again. You can ask your doctor to recommend a good therapist for you. Going to therapy may seem alien to you, or you might think only mentally ill people need to see a therapist. Stigmatisms and negative connotations about going to therapy are in the past. Today, millions of people across the country see and get help from a therapist. You can too.
Talking to a therapist can be a place to shed the tears you’ve held back for so long. Your therapist is there to help you to feel better. She or he will listen to you. The both of you will come up with solutions towards living a healthier more wholesome life.
At last, infinite recovery is finally attainable. Creating infinite change through clinical programs and holistic healing, Infinity Treatment Centers offers a higher standard of luxury care for residential, intensive outpatient, and much more. Call us today for information on our treatment programs serving the greater Los Angeles area: (855) 544-0611