Substance Abuse in Older Adults
Substance misuse among older adults is generally different from that of younger adults. As people age, their bodies metabolize alcohol more slowly. Therefore, older adults have increased sensitivity to and decreased tolerance for alcohol. The misuse of medications is far more common among older adults because they have more chronic medical conditions and are prescribed more medications.
Signs of possible substance misuse among older adults may include physical symptoms such as injuries, increased tolerance to medication, blackouts, and cognitive impairment. Psychiatric symptoms that may suggest a problem with substance misuse include sleep disturbances, anxiety, depression, and mood swings. I offer therapy for elderly experiencing substance abuse. Learn more about my services by contacting me using the button below.