It is a known fact that elderly patients need to be handled in a different manner owing to their age and physical abilities. Hence, when it comes to treating an elderly patient for substance abuse the same principle applies.
When it comes to treatment centers for substance abuse, one can find more of them for the teens and adults but very few offer services for the elderly patients. Substance abuse in the elderly is not a new problem but since the elderly are isolated and lonely their addiction to substance abuse is not found out by the others in the family.
But once when the problem is identified, treatment can be given for the same. The only hitch is unlike treatment for substance abuse for teens and adults; treatment for the elderly is a bit difficult because the elders themselves may not have any motivation to get them treated. They may not be ready to accept that they have a problem and thus may not agree for any kind of treatment. By indulging in substance abuse, they are probably seeking relief from grief or some pain due to an ailment or from depression or loneliness. Despite this, it is good that there are treatment programs made specifically for the elderly and their approach to the treatment is through holistic methods where emotional as well as physical effects of substance abuse are treated.
Sometimes the results are so astonishing that the person who had enrolled for treatment as an addict comes out of the program as a totally different and sober person.
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