Essay on Substance Abuse and the Elderly
Substance abuse in the elderly exists just as in any other population. Many seniors develop substance abuse problems due to circumstances or situations due to the aging process. A report by the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment/Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration indicates that 17% of adults age 60 and older are affected by alcohol abuse and abuse of legal drugs.
The report also states that a third of those seniors who abuse substances did not have a substance abuse problem in their earlier years. People usually think of substance abuse as using illegal drugs and young people as the most common abusers. People do not think of seniors as abusers of drugs. As a result, the issue of …show more content…
The structure of the family can be changed because of the usage of the senior. The substance problem becomes the family problem. The caregiver is trying to take care of the user and their family. The concern is what are they doing? Are they alright? Are they drinking? Are they eating? Do they have food to eat? Should I go and check? Making sure the elderly person is taken care of can cause problems in the