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Arizona's Initiative to Treat Older Alcoholics and Substance Abusers

Apr 1, 2008
Arizona's population has a pronounced increase just in the last 5 years. The state is predicting a population swell of half million people by 2020 -- a good deal of them older retirees. So the health department for the state has developed a protocol of alcoholic behavior prevention that is somewhat different from therapy used for younger abusers. This article will go over some of those differences and how AZ alcohol addiction treatment centers might work that into their own protocol.

Separate treatment planning for older adults has been recognized among behavior and health science centers around the U.S. Older folks simply have different life experiences and obstacles that are better shared among their age groups. The term older adult basically means anybody 55 or older. The protocol of treatment targets those around the age of retirement, or where a majority of those who've been in the work force most of their life prepare to retire.

The Mental State of an Older Adult Alcohol Abuser

The health department in Arizona finds that depression hits older folks in greater numbers due to some alarming static findings in the U.S. It is the most common mental health problem among this demographic. A fact that carries the gravity of that statement can be show in the following findings stat: "Men aged over 65 commit suicide at a rate three times that of other adults and account for 20 percent of overall suicides."

It's known that depression does not often go without self-medication. The correlation between alcohol abuse and the depressive metal state is directly related. So it begs the question of what sort of factors create this state. The unique nature of older people makes this different since their health is usually a factor. Older adults have more dramatic health disorders at time such as cardiac problems and insomnia. These sort of physical health problems have shown to cause an increase in helplessness and, in turn, alcohol dependence and depression.

In addition to that, some older adults have gone through loss of loved ones or codependence with a person. Death of a spouse has dramatically affected many males while females will develop alcoholism when they are with an abusive alcoholic spouse. These are just some of the unique traits that these types of folks may have that health professionals used to propose new therapy options.

Arizona's Health Department Take on 'Healthy Aging'
The Healthy Aging initiative that the Arizona health departments are promoting has a list of points that emphasis engaging community and eliminating the isolation effects that are common among many older adult addicts. It's created to help recognize this among AZ alcohol addiction treatment centers in their own techniques as well as with family members and caregivers.
About the Author
Lohaga (http://www.thesundancecenter.com/) is an AZ alcohol addiction treatment center that provides individual care for people who need help with their dependence. The center is back dropped by natural surrounding beauty and caring staff. The author, Art Gib, is a freelance writer.
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