Residential addiction treatment is as effective for elderly people as it is for younger age groups. The effect of living with other people who are struggling with their addictions, and learning a new way of life, a new sense of hope, over several months, can be life-changing.
The toughest part is getting them into treatment in the first place. This is hard for an addict of any age, but many seniors feel that their life would be unbearable without the support of drugs or alcohol.
I am Enjoying My Last Years, Why Should I Stop Drinking?
Without a powerful motive, an elderly person will struggle to become sober. A strong motivator should be that friends and family care deeply for their welfare. A depressed grandmother could assume that nobody cares if she lives or dies, a feeling that she may well have herself due to bereavement or depression.
As people age, their metabolisms weakens and their bodies process drugs and alcohol more slowly. One glass of wine for a grandmother could be equivalent to four glasses when she was a young lady. Many retired people drink “very little very often” (making it easy to miss the problem) and this can shorten their lives by up to ten years.
How to Get Someone into Rehab Treatment
The first step is to agree a plan for an intervention among family members. Once the elderly relative knows that you care, and that he/she is causing great worry in the family, they may be willing to try residential rehab. This is a huge step for someone with addiction, as the prospect of giving up their drug of choice can seem terrifying. At that point you could contact our Admissions Department for further advice.
Do Elderly People Fit into the Treatment Environment at Castle Craig?
Castle Craig is a beautiful country mansion house, set in 50 acres of Scottish countryside. All our facilities are located on the same site, we have a full-time medical team, and we have a lift and wheelchair access for less able bodied patients.
The treatment community at Castle Craig is inclusive of all ages and all types of people. Diversity helps patients to realise they are not alone and to open up about their drinking and drug addiction, in a safe environment. Families are welcome to visit and family therapy helps them come to terms with their loved one’s addiction.
Chris Burn, an addictions therapist, has treated several patients over 70. He says that elderly patients at Castle Craig “tend to have an inbuilt moral compass, are respectful towards others and are often seen as examples in the community. They have learned the hard way that trying to cut corners often results in something coming back to bite you. They understand the importance of honesty and openness, which are the basic rules of rehab at Castle Craig.”
If you are concerned about an elderly loved one, or if you are a senior citizen having problems controlling your alcohol or drug intake, get in touch with Castle Craig’s admissions team. Early recognition and treatment can help reset the damage drug addiction has on your body. If you think someone you love has a drinking problem, contact us to get help.
30 Years of Treating Addictions
Castle Craig Rehab has over 30 years of experience in treating alcoholism, drugs and gambling addiction. Our integrated residential rehab programme starts with a personalised detox process and medical care. Patients attend the therapy programme, which is made up of specialist therapies and complementary addiction therapies.
This includes individual therapy and group therapies that help each patient address their own personal history and psychological issues. Some of the specialist group and individual therapies that our patients attend include PTSD therapy, Grief-therapy, Eating Disorders group therapy, Women’s group therapy, Cross-Addiction therapy.