Barriers To Counseling Treatment In Older Adults

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Some barriers to receiving treatment were presented at a professional development recently attended by Ad care. Speakers Kirk and MacDonald (2016) identified some barriers to treatment are transportation, and financial limitations. Most insurances may cover substance abuse treatment but Older Adults may have to pay a copayment for daily treatment which could be a barrier due to Older Adults being on a limited income. Another barrier for accepting treatment is Older Adults may not want to go treatment and be with their younger counterparts. One problem with regards to Older Adults and substance abuse, is families may be enabling their substance use, instead of helping without even knowing it. A common problem is family members buying alcohol …show more content…
According to Gunter (2004) 90% of elderly individuals at risk for substance abuse never receive services. According to Gunter (2004) substance abuse treatment does work on Older Adults, however, programs to assist with their needs due to limited mobility are hard to fine. Programs tended to have specialized services for other groups of clients such as pregnant women, the dually diagnosed. Services were found for Older Adults were often located within another system or within a for profit organizations. Most Older Adults take a minimum of two daily medications, this making detoxification from alcohol or other substances more difficult. Older Adults almost always require an inpatient treatment. During the treatment process other issues are often uncovered. Mental health issues are often connected to substance abuse. Older Adults have other medical issues which can complicate treatment for substance abuse. One surprising statistic of this study indicated substance abuse has affected the lives of 50% of the Older Adults residing in a nursing home (Gunter, …show more content…
This study confirms the concerns for the raising use of illicit drugs amongst Older people. The results of the study done by Wu and Blazer (2011) found from multiple sources that a much higher rate of illicit drug use and non-medical use of prescription drugs and drug-related treatment admissions for persons 50 to 64 years of age compared with adults 65 plus years of age. It is identified Older Adults will need more substance abuse care in the coming years. This study established that the population aged 50 to 64 use more illicit or nonmedical drugs than its older counterparts. The most common drugs used by Older Adults were “opioids/heroin, cocaine, and marijuana.” The majority of users also used alcohol.” They believe there is a pattern now where Older Adults are seeking treatment for alcohol and some other drug. Wu and Blazer (2011) believe that early screening and intervention for substance use can improve this. Substance Abuse issues include addiction. The chemistry in someone’s brain changes which in turn affects their behavior. Addiction and substance abuse don’t discriminate, this can happen to anyone, in any socio economic or culture. If left untreated addiction can result in premature

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