“Develop an attitude of gratitude, and give thanks for everything that happens to you, knowing that every step forward is a step toward achieving something bigger and better than your current situation” Brian Tracy (author)
Addiction or substance abuse is a medical condition that affects one's physical, mental and spiritual self. Addiction is influenced by both environmental and genetic factors and is often associated with maladaptive coping skills that may become habitual and lead to a progressive deterioration in life circumstances (such as struggling with work, school or home responsibility; drinking in situations that are physically dangerous; alcohol-related legal problems and/or relationship problems). During counseling we will explore your symptoms and how it impacts your daily functioning while learning new coping skills.
Signs you may benefit from substance abuse counseling:
- Feeling you should cut down on your drinking
- Other people commenting on your drinking
- Feeling bad or guilty about your drinking
- Drinking first thing in the morning to steady your nerves or to get rid of a hangover
- Legal concerns or problems
Why Are So Many Seniors Addicted: Gulfshore Life
Substance misuse and abuse among individuals age 50+ has increased. Research indicates that substance misuse and abuse among older adults effects up to 17% of people age 50+, while prescriptions for hydrocodone (the heroin-like painkiller) increased 52% between 2007 and 2012 among Medicare beneficiaries. According to a 2012 Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration report, between 2004 and 2008 there was a 121% increase in emergency room visits for prescription drug misuse by older adults. Furthermore, the Journal of Mental Health Counseling predicts substance abuse among the age 50+ population will triple by 2020. While some of these individual have abused substance thir entire lives and are impacted by body changes and tolerance declines, a large percentage of this population are successful adults who are facing new life challenges. Some of these changes are aging; retirement; grief; physical changes; loss of purpose; isolation and health ailments.