Boomer Addiction Recovery and Rehab
Baby boomers are increasing developing drug addictions; using drugs, getting into trouble for drug offenses, and dying from drug overdoses at increasingly higher rates. Boomers struggling with addiction issues are actively looking for addiction recovery programs structured for older adults; some seeking gender specific addiction rehab and treatment programs.
This article, written by Kenneth Chance, originally appeared on https://www.arrowheadlodgerecovery.com/baby-boomers-prescription-opioid-painkiller-addiction. Kenneth Chance is the founder and CEO/President of Arrowhead Lodge Recovery.
A New York University study recently concluded that older adults are now the largest age group seeking help in narcotic painkiller and heroin treatment programs.
Opioid Treatment Programs for Adults 50 and Older
The data showed a “pronounced age trend in those utilizing opioid treatment programs from 1996 to 2012, with adults aged 50 and older becoming the majority treatment population,” principle investigator Dr. Benjamin Han said in a NYU news release.
Like other medical professionals, Han implicates the high rate of opioid pain reliever use:
“Opioid analgesic sales have quadrupled from 2000 to 2010, and there is high use among older adults for chronic pain, we anticipate that the number of older adults in opioid treatment programs may continue to grow,” Han noted.
Older Adults – Largest Users of Prescription Opioids
We need “less prescribing, alternative treatments for pain, and reduced access of prescriptions to others,” says behavioral health expert David Oslin. “Older adults are the largest group of users of prescription opioids and not only does this lead to the possibility of addiction particularly in patients primed for addiction but opioids also cause falls, constipation and decreased sex drive.”
And the high use among older adults leads to more fatalities as well. “We see the highest rate of drug overdose death in older Americans,” says Dr. Andrew Kolodny of Physicians for Responsible Opioid Prescribing. “And when you look at the groups that have had the greatest increase in problems associated with prescription opioids—for example, visits to hospital emergency rooms because of opioid misuse—it’s Americans over 65.”
Older Adult Overdose Probably Under Counted
And it might be even worse than it looks. Kolodny told Al Jazeera, there is “very good reason to believe that even with the already high overdose death statistics in older Americans that we have, there might be a massive undercount.”
“Very often, a natural cause is listed as the reason for the death, rather than an opioid overdose, even in a situation where everybody knew Grandma had a problem with her pills,” Kolodny says.
Government researchers estimate more than 5.7 million people over the age of 50 will need substance abuse treatment by 2020.
Boomer Rehab Questions?
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