Our facilities help the elderly get clean and truly enjoy retirement.
Elderly Rehab Treatment Centers
Staffed with professionals, our facilities deal specifically with the elderly who are afflicted with an addiction issue. Armed with patience, and trained in targeting the physical and psychological aspects of addiction, our staff is always ready to help. Our facilities are designed to be elderly friendly, complete with special accessibility. Comfort was in the forefront of our mind when crafted the perfect environment to aid in the recovery process. All equipment and activities are specialized to cater to the needs and abilities of the elderly. We understand that the elderly too have issues with alcohol and drugs, and often times have little support when it comes to trying to quit their addiction. Often times people don’t realize how susceptible the elderly are to facing an issue dealing with addiction, especially since they are so often plagued with the death of loved ones, and friends.
Causes of Addiction in the Elderly
As stated, one major cause of addiction in the elderly is the loss of loved ones. Along with old age comes death, but those who outlive their family and friends can suffer alternative consequences. Many times they feel survivor’s guilt, leaving them to wonder why everyone else is dying, and why they couldn’t have been the one to die. This guilt often times leads to depression, and the depression leads to the use of alcohol or drugs. Along with the loss of a loved one, retirement can cause a shock in the lives of the elderly, especially when they were considered good at what they did and they enjoyed their career. Typically retirement is viewed as a good things, but for the elderly it is almost as if they are being stripped of who they are. Often times they find themselves feeling emotionally scarred and experience a feeling of a lower self worth.
Similarly, many elderly start to lose self-confidence when they begin to age so severely they are experiencing a lack of motor functions and mobility. Again, not being able to accomplish what they once could, and always needing assistance wears on the soul of many elderly, leading them to choose drugs and alcohol in an attempt to self medicate. Unfortunately, many other elderly people develop addictions to painkillers and prescription medication. Due to their deteriorating conditions, the elderly do experience many more physical problems, for which, they are often prescribed medication. Many of the medications prescribed can lead the elderly to form an addiction to them. Fortunately for the elderly who do develop an addiction, we are here to help.
Elderly Treatment Process
Similar to all rehabilitation, we need the elderly to take the first and most crucial step, which is seeking help for their issue. Similar to our other rehabilitation programs our first step involves detoxification (detox) and assessment of the situation. After that we diagnose each individual, and provide them with a treatment plan. We then apply the treatment plan and monitor their daily progress, so we can adjust the treatment plans as needed. Upon completion of our treatment program, we work on introducing the elderly back into society.
During the assessment phase we take our time determine the extent of the addiction, and the extent of the damage it has done to the individual. To do so, we employ a comprehensive assessment that can include checking mental health, a complete medical evaluation, psychiatric evaluations, a series of laboratory diagnostic tests, and an inspection of the physical body. Combined, these results give the best view of what we the situation and give us the ability to properly move to the next step which is diagnosis.
The diagnosis process involves analyzing all of the information we collected during the assessment process, and finding out all of the ailments and disorders of the individual. After that we begin to tailor a custom treatment plan to address everything we have uncovered about the individual’s mental health, psychological health, and substance addiction.
Finally, we move into treatment. It may seem as if it is a long segmented process, but this is all done quite swiftly. Treatment usually begins a day after admission, and is where we implement our custom treatment plan. We monitor the individually daily to make sure the treatment plan is addressing all disorders and addictions, and that the individual is building a foundation of knowledge that they can rely on. After the individual has completed treatment and is armed with all of the proper tools needed to live a successful and sober life, we introduce them back into society.