At Sprout Health Texas, we understand the difficulties of addiction as well as the extent of struggle an elderly addict must be going through.
Most people do not think of the elderly when they think of who receives treatment for substance abuse; however, the elderly make up 20 percent of the population that is affected by substance abuse. Research shows that by the year 2020, the number of addicted elderly people will double. Because of age and their mental or physical condition, when an elderly person becomes an addict, they can experience many additional hardships along the way. We offer a safe and supportive facility where elderly citizens can get the treatment they need to find sobriety. Our goal is to help them break free of chemical or alcohol dependency so they can truly enjoy their retirement years.
Experiencing Elderly Addiction
As we age, our motor skills and physical mobility diminish. The simple act of reaching down and picking something up can be arduous. Most times, cooking, cleaning and just taking care of ourselves becomes challenging. Many seniors begin to lose self-confidence as well as their memory. If they are prescribed medication, they might accidentally forget to take a dose; or worse, forget they took a dose and take more than they need. If not careful, their usage can spiral out of control. Whether it be an accidental overdose or a tremendous decline in self-confidence, addiction in elderly people is at an increased risk.
Some have fallen on hard times due to financial changes in their life. Some are dealing with the death of a friend, family member, pet or loved one. Survivor’s guilt is real, misunderstood and all too familiar among the elderly. This guilt can lead to depression, loneliness and low self-esteem. Many elderly people feel alone and like they are no longer needed. They also understand that friends and family members are constantly disappearing; nothing is permanent and everything is changing.
Most begin drinking to find escape and companionship. Others abuse prescription drugs because they are easily attainable due to the high depression and anxiety rates during hard times, such as the death of loved ones, loss of health and retirement. Studies show that nearly 35 million people are 65 years or older and 17 percent of them are prescription drug abusers.
Taking a Small Step for a Big Reason
First things first, give us a call so we can set up an appointment to meet you in person. You will then undergo a thorough assessment both mental and physical that will help us diagnose all conditions as well as provide us with a detailed health and family history. We want to gather as much information about you as we can in order to provide you with the best possible treatment plan. Each of our plans are highly individualized to meet our patient’s unique needs.