13th January 2020 in Addictions

Naming the Problem

  • Drunkard
  • Junkie
  • Wino
  • Sot

From Not As Prescribed

These words can stir up thought of obnoxious, foul-smelling panhandler stumbling through streets or dazed scab-ridden youth lounging in a coma-like state in some Godforsaken apartment or abandoned warehouse on the wrong side of town.

The stereotypical thoughts and images these words conjure up are true in some cases but are only a very small part of the picture.

Addiction and drug misuse encompass a much larger group of people and extend far beyond dingy bars and dark alleys.

Alcohol and drug misuse, from mild abuse to full blown addiction, can affect anyone, regardless of race, gender, nationality, profession, income level, religious affiliation-or age.

This includes older adults-mom and dad, grandparents, great-grandparents, retirees, neighbors, friends, coworkers-even those who have never experienced a problem with alcohol or drugs during earlier stages in life. 

Addiction in older adults may be unleashed by the innocent consumption of prescription medication or the gradual increase of alcohol or marijuana intake. It may be masked by the normal symptoms of aging or the need to medicate chronic pain. 

Learn how to help older adults deal with their substance use issues, whether it’s to learn to better manage their medication, as well as any alcohol or other drug intake, or figure out whether they actually have an addition disorder and, if so, find the right treatment program to support their recovery.

*If you or someone you know is seeking a sober life and needs help contact us here.