Crossroads Behavioral Health Center and Crossroads Substance Abuse Services, located at 704 Goodlette Frank Rd. Naples, FL 34102, has developed a unique treatment program designed for retirees and professionals who recognize their excessive drinking or drug use and seek to improve their lives. In the arena of health and wellness, addiction is a challenge, transcending age and circumstance. For many retired professionals who are grappling with addiction, this battle often unfolds in confounding secrecy, hidden behind a cloak of defensiveness and denial. The family’s reactions range from concern to exasperation, anger, and resentment. The emotional toll exacted by addiction on the individual and the family further complicates the situation as those affected grapple with feelings of shame, stigma, denial, and isolation. In this fragile emotional ecosystem, hopelessness casts doubt on the possibility of ever breaking free from the relentless cycle of addiction.
Crossroads Intensive Outpatient (IOP) recovery program provides a more supportive, confidential, and tailored environment for individuals who have unique needs and concerns related to their professional lives. By providing a specialized program for retirees and professionals, individuals in recovery can increase their likelihood of successfully overcoming addiction and maintaining their sobriety over the long term. Crossroads balances the flexibility of outpatient treatment and the structured support of inpatient treatment.
Until a few years ago, even as the opioid epidemic raged, health providers and researchers paid limited attention to drug use by older adults; concerns focused on the younger, working-age victims who were hardest hit. But as baby boomers have turned 65, the age at which they typically qualify for Medicare, substance use disorders among the older population have climbed steeply.
Evidence of a growing problem has been stacking up. A study of opioid use disorder in people over 65 enrolled in traditional Medicare showed a threefold increase in just five years — to 15.7 cases per 1,000 in 2018 from 4.6 cases per 1,000 in 2013. Furthermore, the study indicated that the stigma of drug use leads people to underreport it, so the actual rate of the disorder is significantly higher.
Over the years, there has been an increase in older adult alcohol consumption, especially among women. According to one epidemiologic survey, the prevalence of alcohol use disorder rose by 107% among Americans 65 and older between 2001 and 2013. According to the University of Michigan’s 2021 National Poll on Healthy Aging, a sizable and increasing portion of older persons are drinking more alcohol than is advised. Specifically, 20% of participants reported drinking alcohol four or more times a week, 27% admitted to having six or more drinks at least once in the previous year, and 7% reported experiencing blackouts due to alcohol consumption.
Overindulging in alcohol consumption can lead to detrimental effects on one’s physical and mental well-being, such as liver and heart disease, memory loss, mood swings, elevated risk of cancer, and compromised immunity. Alcohol consumption increases the danger for older persons who drink because age-related changes in the body occur. Due to their generally slower metabolism of alcohol, older folks are more susceptible to its effects. Age-related decreases in lean body mass mean that older persons experience the effects of alcohol sooner, even at lower alcohol consumption levels than younger ones, since they have less muscle to absorb the substance. When compared to older men, elderly women are more susceptible to these impacts. When combined with other age-related physical changes in the body, the increases the risk of falls, fractured bones, and other unintentional injuries among older adults. The risky and occasionally fatal result of combining pharmaceuticals and alcohol is a major worry for older persons, as many of them use many prescription prescriptions.
The Rising Number of Retirees and Professionals Suffering from Drug Addiction and Alcoholism is a Complex Issue With Various Contributing Factors:
Addressing the rising number of retirees and professionals suffering from drug addiction and alcoholism requires a multifaceted approach. Crossroads has addressed this alarming trend and developed a separate intensive outpatient program (IOP) addiction recovery program for retirees and professionals that has proven to be successful and meaningful for several reasons: