Addiction can grip people from all walks of life and at any age. The non-medical use and abuse of prescription drugs is increasing on a regular basis and in a surprising age sector – Seniors!

With prescription medicine abuse ranking third, only behind alcohol and marijuana, as the most abused category of drugs, our elderly citizens are at greater risk than ever before for falling into addiction. The elderly are at significant risk of falling into self medication and abuse of prescription drugs.

Suffering from chronic pain, insomnia, and other persistent ailments, some of our senior citizens will choose to self-medicate or combine alcohol consumption with their prescribed medication, according to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).

The invisible epidemic

The National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) calls abuse of alcohol and prescription drugs by adults over the age of 60 an invisible epidemic. They say it is one of the fastest growing health issues in the United States. The problem grows largely unchecked due to little research being done on the subject and apathy on the part of many health care workers.

Personalized treatment is the best option

Ageism is when society and health care professionals hold negative views of older Americans. When seniors reach out for help, they are told their problems are just a part of getting older and they should accept psychological decline. Even worse, some people will further the patient’s feeling of helplessness by implying that recovery is beyond the reach of older people or not worth the effort. The reality is that millions of seniors are living active, fulfilled lives in recovery.

The caring staff of our Transitions Recovery rehab facility in Miami have the knowledge and experience to help individuals of all ages who are struggling with addiction. If you or a loved one is self medicating or abusing prescription drugs, call 800-626-1980 for more information on how our individually tailored treatment programs are helping people from New York, Connecticut, Rhode Island, and New Jersey.