It is widely known that addiction does not discriminate and that it affects people of different ages and in different stages of their lives. However, certain groups of the population continue to suffer in silence and watch their lives become unmanageable before they spiral out of control.
Ozzy Osbourne’s courage to admit his sex addiction is more than just gossip mill fodder. This latest chapter in his life is an opportunity to address issues facing seniors with addiction, be it involving alcohol, drugs, sex, or other things. It also is a chance to encourage people in their golden years that they can make a new start, even if it happens later in life.
September is National Recovery Month, and in recognition of it, the Palm Beach Institute is taking a closer look at addiction among older people and how they are affected. In 2014, the older population–people who were age 65 and older–numbered at 46.2 million that year, which represented 14.5 percent of the US population, says the Administration on Aging.
According to the administration, “By 2060, there will be about 98 million older persons, more than twice their number in 2014,” and people who are age 65 and older “are expected to grow to be 21.7 percent of the population by 2040.”
We can expect that the issues today’s seniors face, which include addiction, will only continue, and they deserve our attention and focus. This four-part series will explore addiction and dependence in older adults–why it happens, who it happens to, and what can be done about it.
Stay tuned next Tuesday, Sept. 13, for “Sex, Drugs, and Ozzy: Age Won’t Slow Down Senior Drinking,” which addresses alcohol and substance abuse addiction among older adults.
Substance abuse among the aging and elderly often goes unnoticed or undiagnosed, especially in longtime drug and/or alcohol users. If you, or someone you know, have an older parent, spouse or other family member, friend or someone else you are concerned about who is an older person battling addiction, call (844) 318-0071 now to speak with one of our Palm Beach Institute specialists. They can help you find a treatment program tailored to your specific needs today. They are standing by around the clock, waiting for your call.
Chemical dependency is a treatable disease that affects families as well as the individual. Addiction to drugs or alcohol is the primary illness with serious secondary complications that affect body, mind and spirit (emotions). Recovery requires healing of the whole individual, as well as of the family.