We often hear about substance abuse in teenagers and middle-aged adults, but the truth is that substance abuse happens among seniors too. There are many reasons, such as changes in health, lifestyle, family and work roles, and sources of support. Often, senior substance abuse is misdiagnosed because the symptoms of substance abuse can mimic other medical issues in the senior population, for instance diabetes or dementia.
However, substance abuse is not something that can be pushed to the side as a less important topic. It is a very serious issue that should be addressed by not only seniors, but by their family members as well. It is never to late to consider getting help for a senior with substance abuse, and there are many treatment options available.
If you would like to learn more about the signs of substance abuse and ways to treat it, click here for the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence.