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Nobody is Too Old for Treatment

There is an unfortunately common belief that once a person reaches a certain age, their lives are less affected by drug and alcohol use. The idea that they have somehow “earned” the right to use substances because they have entered into the later stages of their life is false. Addiction can strike at any age and have dire consequences on a person’s life. Everyone, regardless of age, is entitled to the highest possible quality of life, free from alcoholism and addiction.

The brain possesses a certain amount of malleability, making it somewhat easier for younger people in treatment to change their behaviors relating to addiction. However, the concept that “you can’t teach an old dog new tricks” isn’t true. Older adults may be reluctant to learn new things, which could be an impediment to their ability to recover from addiction, but their ability to learn is still intact. According to a 2017 BBC Future article, “The Amazing Fertility of the Older Mind”, “Although you may face some extra difficulties at 30, 50 – or 90 – your brain still has an astonishing ability to learn and master many new skills, whatever your age. And the effort to master a new discipline may be more than repaid in maintaining and enhancing your overall cognitive health.”

Treatment is about learning how to live life free from addiction, developing coping skills, and putting a recovery program into action. An older adult may need more care, but this if often because of the long-term health effects they experience from substance use rather than their ability to take to a recovery program. Dr. Derek Satre, in a study for the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, “Effects of Age and Life Transitions on Alcohol and Drug Treatment Outcome Over Nine Years”, examined the effects of age on post-treatment abstinence and found that “middle-aged and older adults have better remission and abstinence outcomes compared with younger adults and that life transitions vary by age group. These findings build on the results of studies that found that older adults have short-term outcomes as good as or better than those of younger adults.” There is no such thing as “too late” to seek help for alcohol and drug addiction. Men and women struggling with the disease of addiction deserve to achieve the best possible life they can through recovery and live happy, sober, and free lives.

It’s time to live- no matter how many years you have lived already. Ready? Set, go. Resilient House is cultivating resilience for lasting wellness. Offering  a full continuum of care, our programs provide holistic and clinical expertise for recovery. Our 50,000 square foot facility in Shreveport provides the tranquility and serenity you need to heal your mind, body, and spirit. It’s time to live. Ready, set, go: 833-CHANGE1