Resources for Addiction & Substance Abuse
People abuse substances such as drugs, alcohol, and tobacco for varied and complicated reasons, but it is clear that our society pays a significant cost. The toll for this abuse can be seen in our hospitals and emergency departments through direct damage to health by substance abuse and its link to physical trauma. Jails and prisons tally daily the strong connection between crime and drug dependence and abuse. Although use of some drugs such as cocaine has declined, use of other drugs such as heroin and "club drugs" has increased. - Source: WebMD
Substance abuse, particularly of alcohol and prescription drugs, among adults 60 and older is one of the fastest growing health problems facing the country. - Source: NCBI
There is help out there, and a wealth of resources available both the people with addictions and their families. No one should have to face addiction alone.
The best remedy is prevention. New Beginnings has published a guide to preventing addiction in seniors.
Addiction Resource has published this article that further explains the problem of drug abuse among senior citizens.
Treehouse Rehab offers a wealth of information regarding addiction and recovery. Including this article about Coping with a terminal illness as a recovering addict.
On the Wagon has published a guide entitled "The Real Facts About Drugs" with detailed information about various illegal drugs and their effects as well as resources for coping with addiction and seeking treatment.