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Miami Older Adult Addiction Treatment

The growing number of people suffering from chemical dependency in this country has resulted in an unprecedented shift in the demographics of people who are affected by addiction. This demographic shift is due in part to the flood of legal prescription painkillers that became readily available in the early 2000s and has resulted in a shift in the way we think about treatment. The one-size-fits-all method of treating addiction is no longer a viable technique because what each addict or alcoholic needs can vary greatly depending on age, gender, life experience, or even substance of choice. This means that the treatment protocol must be tailor fit for what the patient needs, otherwise it will not be effective to the extent needed to overcome the addiction.

" The growing number of people suffering from chemical dependency in this country has resulted in an unprecedented shift in the demographics of people who are affected by addiction. "

At Holistic Recovery Centers, we offer several distinct programs. Each of which consists of the highest quality psychotherapeutic and holistic treatments, constructed around the individual needs of the patient, taking into account the effects that their demography has had on their addiction. For instance, our older adult treatment program focuses on the needs of those with a more advanced age and maturity level, creating a space where they can recover from addiction surrounded by people with a similar life experience.

How to Identify Drug Abuse in Older Adults

Like all other demographic groups, rates of addiction in older adults have effectively doubled over the course of the past decade. Although alcohol has consistently ranked as the number one substance of choice for baby boomers and preceding generations, an increasing number of those in this age group are also abusing other harmful drugs, especially opioids.

Research indicates that older adults suffering from a current addiction have more than likely experienced active addiction at some other previous point in their life. This may mean that their addiction was continued throughout the duration of their life or what’s more common, they stopped for some time and began using again in their later years. More often than not their addiction rears its head again due to the many conditions that can present themselves later in life, such as chronic pain caused by arthritis or cancer. These conditions mean that it is fairly easy for them to get prescriptions to powerful painkillers and with the introduction of opiates to their body, their addiction begins to take flight again.

Many older people in this scenario are not aware that they are addicted until it is too late. As their pain increases with the increased severity of their underlying condition, many take it upon themselves to increase their medication intake, which can quickly develop into a severe addiction, leading to further medical complication and a never ending cycle of abuse. This cycle can be so difficult to break that many do not make it out, and it is estimated that older adults account for one out of every two drug-related deaths in this country.

It is not always easy to identify substance abuse among older populations, and as stigmatizing as it may sound, this is due to the similarities between the symptoms of old age and the symptoms of drug abuse. Among younger populations it is easier to identify a drug addict who is suffering from anxiety, memory loss, disorientation, incontinence, abnormal sleep patterns, etc., but with older adults this is many times chalked up to age and the addiction can go noticed for years because of this. In this particular case the easiest way to identify if an older adult is suffering from an addiction is by looking at the changes in their social patterns. If there is a marked increase in withdrawal from family or social events, agitation, or isolation then this may be indicative of a problem with drugs or alcohol. Adding to the difficulty of identifying addiction in an older adult is the societal ideas of what we believe an addict to look like. The zeitgeist for addiction in this country is one that depicts the addict as a shadowy figure in the back alleys of life, jobless, penniless, and with cunning in their heart. Many older addicts do not even remotely resemblance this and since many had successful careers, a house, and a family, our ability to identify their addiction is clouded by preconceived notions. It is important to understand that addiction in a sense is the great equalizer, indiscriminately affecting every demographic and social sphere.

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Holistic Recovery Centers Offers Specialized Treatment for Older Adults

At Holistic Recovery Centers, we have reacted to the high rates of addiction among older adults by incorporating an older adult treatment program into our recovery repertoire. Since many older adults develop a substance abuse problem as the result of misusing prescription medications, legally acquired due to pre-existing conditions, we recognize that our older patients have very specific needs and often times require treatment and support for more than just addiction. Holistic Recovery Centers’ dual-diagnosis support will allow these older adults to receive the specialized care they need in order to manage their co-occurring or comorbid disorders while also treating their substance abuse issues. Additionally, our older patients will benefit from our luxurious accommodations in a serene environment, making recovery from alcohol and drug addiction as comfortable as possible.


The Components of Holistic Recovery Centers Older Adult Treatment Program

Extensive research has shown that older adults have the most success in recovery after receiving holistic treatments that address not only the physical effects of their addiction, but also the mental, emotional, social, and spiritual effects as well. This is exactly what Holistic Recovery Centers’ older adult treatment program offers. Our program offers:

· Evidence-based counseling
· Individual psychotherapy
· Group therapy
· Family-orientated groups
· Skills-building
· Process Therapy
· Psychoeducational sessions
· Relapse preventions

In regards to our holistic approach that promotes metaphysical wellness, we offer:

· Yoga
· Guided meditation
· Well-being exercise
· Chiropractic care
· Acupuncture
· Massage therapy

Holistic Recovery Centers also accounts for our older patients’ social needs by engaging them in group activities where individuals can connect with our experienced staff and their peers.

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The Destination to Life Program at Holistic Recovery Centers

The Destination to Life program at Holistic Recovery Centers is for those individuals entering treatment age 35 or older. We offer age-specific programs consisting of 12-step recovery meetings, a clinician specially trained in working with older adults, and groups that focus on:

· Gender
· Grief and loss
· Shame and resilience
· Health and wellness
· Medication management
· Relapse prevention
· Ageism

The interconnectedness between an older person’s physical and mental health makes treatment and diagnosis of their substance abuse more complex. This complexity contributes to many barriers in treating older adults, thus at Holistic Recovery Centers, we believe offering age-specific programming produces better treatment outcomes. Physical, as well as psychological withdrawal for older adults, can be more challenging and strenuous, so there is a need for additional and more intensive medical support during and after the detox process. Holistic Recovery Centers offers daily medical care by licensed nursing staff and a multidisciplinary team consisting of Board Certified Adult Psychiatrists, Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioners, Licensed Clinicians, Certified Health and Wellness Instructors, and a Certified Nutritionist. All of these facets come together in the Destination to Life program, allowing our patients to recover from their substance abuse problem, overcome any health issues, and rebuild their social and familial relationships.



If you or someone you love is suffering from chemical dependency and would like to learn more about our older adult treatment program or other recovery programs, call Holistic Recovery Centers at 1-877-723-7117. One of our recovery specialists is waiting to give you a free consultation in order to help you find which of our holistic programs will best deliver you into a life of health, sobriety, and fulfillment. Your transformation is just a phone call away.

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