Addiction is a disease that doesn’t discriminate and as such there is no typical alcoholic or drug addict. The level of addiction depends on many factors including any underlying mental health issues, the cause of alcohol and also more general social aspects such as educational background and age. Someone who developed alcohol dependence when they were young and didn’t seek treatment until a late age would have distinctly different needs than another who reached out for help sooner.
Age can impact a person’s addiction considerably but much depends on when issues with alcohol started and how serious they have become. Some people suffer significant traumas as they get older such as divorce or the loss of a loved one, whereas others may have had traumatic experiences earlier on that led to alcohol dependence. Another way age affects addiction is in the attitudes held by the respective generation of the sufferer.
Someone who is older may be more consciously aware of the disapproval of others and hide their drinking to conceal their problems. This often leads to matters becoming much worse and a sufferer can become completely isolated from friends and family who are often their only means of support. Conversely, someone younger may feel pressured by peers to abuse alcohol or even enabled to do so because ‘everyone else is’. In this way, it’s easy to see that age play a very big part in an addict’s attitudes and behaviors and why age-specific treatment is necessary.
A structured addiction treatment program that is tailored to the specific circumstances of each individual is essential for effective recovery. Understanding how and why people are influenced by their peers, no matter what generation, is integral to developing a bond between clinician and patient in a rehab setting. The main benefit of professional addiction treatment is that it sets patients on a firm foundation from which they can build a future in sobriety, irrespective of how old they are.
The highly qualified medical team at CASA Recovery understands very well that each patient has a different story to tell. For that reason, we tailor all our programs to meet the individual needs of every person entering our Southern California rehab center. CASA Recovery treats addiction effectively and provides you with the tools to cope with life in sobriety for many happy and healthy years in the future. Contact us today for a confidential consultation.