Substance Abuse in Seniors on the Rise

The Rose is a women’s drug and alcohol rehab that accepts clients over the age of 18. Our clients are a variety of ages. Most recently we have seen an increase of older clients. Which explains this recent report from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration which states that the number of U.S. adults age 50 or older needing substance abuse treatment is expected to double from 2.8 million to 5.7 million by the year 2020.

A 2010 report by the Drug Abuse Warning Network said drugs used for pain relief, anxiety or insomnia were involved in almost a quarter of adverse drug reactions among other adults. “Oxycontin is the number one problematic drug right now. But also older people tend to deal with more feelings of loneliness and sadness and are prescribed anxiety and anti-depressants that can be abused as well.” Said Chip Hobbs, Residential Services Manager at South Miami Hospitals Addiction Treatment Center. The problem is the drug itself can promote pain in the patient making the client addicted to the drug for relief.

The addiction to pharmaceutical drugs like Oxcontin has been a problem on the rise in recent years among affluent communities. Now the drug seems to be seeping into the hands of affluent elderly.