Signs and Symptoms of Alcoholism in Older Adults
Seniors may try to hide their drinking. They may seem aggressive, confused and irritable when they drink too much and experience memory lapses. Poor personal hygiene, forgetting to pay bills and neglecting to care for the home may be signs that an older adult is misusing alcohol, especially when they were previously responsible and concerned about their appearance. An older adult alcoholic may cut ties with close friends and family but may develop relationships with people who use them to get money or other favors.
How Does Alcohol Affect Older Adults?
Older adults who drink may experience more health problems than their non-drinking peers. Many older adults suffer from cognitive impairments, including memory loss and dementia. Having one or two drinks per day can increase mental and physical challenges. Alcohol use puts older adults at risk for falls and other accidents. When older adults drink excessively, they may become easy targets for scam artists or victims of a crime.
According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), seniors who misuse alcohol are at risk for cancer, diabetes, congestive heart failure, liver disease, sleep issues and other health problems. An immune system suppressed by excessive alcohol use can leave an older person vulnerable to infections. Additionally, several medications shouldn’t be taken when drinking alcohol. Alcohol can also interfere with how those medications work, increasing the risk of drowsiness and sedation.
When Alcohol Rehab for Older Adults Is Necessary
Older adults who engage in drug abuse, alcohol abuse or prescription drug addiction are at risk for severe illness and accidents and are vulnerable to abuse and scams. When family members or loved ones observe that an older adult’s drinking is a problem, they should explore alcohol rehab.
We Service Florida’s Seniors Too
Even though Recovery at the Crossroads is in Camden County, New Jersey, we have built an extensive network of working with older adults that may be snowbirds or have family back north.
We offer a supportive and caring addiction treatment program for residents of Miami-Dade County, West Palm Beach, Palm Beach County, Broward County, Boca Raton and throughout Jewish communities.
Recovery Is Possible – Start Yours Today!
Regardless of an individual’s age, it’s possible to recover from alcoholism. The key is to help older adults find programs or treatment centers to help them work through the issues that lead to excessive drinking. Good aftercare planning is imperative to help seniors have the support networks needed to maintain sobriety.
If your senior loved one needs help overcoming alcohol addiction, call Recovery at the Crossroads today at 888-342-3881 or visit our website.