How Senior Treatment can Increase Health and Happiness
Providing Support for Those in Need
It is a little-known fact that addiction does not only affect young or middle-aged adults or those living in low-income communities but it also affects the elder; in fact, over 20 percent of those who suffer from an addiction are elderly. Because of their age, as well as their mental and physical conditions, addiction has the power to significantly affect every aspect of their lives. When addiction among the elderly is not treated, it can lead to isolation, depression, suicidal thoughts, overdose and even death. Senior treatment can increase health and longevity through a wide variety of treatment options that meet each patient’s unique and specific needs.
The Effectiveness of Senior Treatment
Integra Health treats adults in all life stages and caters to each patient’s needs. Each program will begin with a thorough assessment in order to determine each and every condition they may be suffering from. In many cases, the elder suffer from mental health disorders accompanied by substance addiction. When this occurs, the treatment program will include an extensive detoxification (detox) process followed by a combination of traditional and experiential therapies.
The therapies provided during the elder treatment program help teach patients how to recognize their negative behaviors and actions in order to replace them with positive coping mechanisms. They are also designed to help boost the patient’s self-esteem. Every aspect of elderly treatment teaches patients how to live a healthy and happy life free from the dependence, as well as prepares them to maintain their sobriety and mental health outside of the elder treatment facility. In order to increase longevity and gain a new outlook on life, it is important for elders who are struggling to seek elderly treatment. It will significantly change their lives for the better.
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Why Treatment for Seniors is Important
As people age, their motor skills and physical mobility decline, daily activities become arduous tasks and self-esteem begins to decrease. All of the things that come with aging take a toll on not only physical health but mental health as well. Because aging causes effects on the brain, such as memory loss, most elderly people have trouble remembering whether or not they took their prescribed medications; therefore, they may forget a dose or accidentally take too much. Elderly people are unknowingly putting themselves at risk for an overdose.
Additionally, when life becomes too hard or lonely, most elderly people turn to self-medication in order to numb their pain. Self-medication can lead to tolerance and dependence which are the first signs of addiction. The painkillers they use cause the natural production of pain-relieving receptors in the brain to decrease and overtime, the brain will become used to the painkiller producing it that it will completely stop its own production, causing the body to become completely reliant on the painkillers to ease pain. Another effect of the prolonged use of painkillers is the body becoming tolerant to the effects and needing more and more in order to feel anything. Like self-medication, using more will only increase the risk of overdose rather than decrease the pain.
Additionally, elderly people may resort to drinking to escape their reality. Like prescription medications, the euphoric effects only last so long; however, there are lasting effects that may become life-threatening.
The effects of alcohol include:
- Blackouts and/or memory lapse
- Compulsion to constantly drink alcohol
- Inability to control their cravings
- Drinking in secret or solitary drinking
- Inability to limit alcohol intake
- Increasing amounts or frequency of alcohol consumption
- Intense belief that alcohol drinking is normal
- Irritability and aggression when confronted about their alcohol consumption
- Nausea, tremors and sweating if the individual does not drink
- Problems with work, social relationships and brushes with the law
It is important to seek treatment if any of the above signs and symptoms have occurred.