We once said that alcoholism and drug abuse knows no boundary and affects without any form of discrimination. Based on that fact, we want to focus our discussion on the alcoholism prevalence in senior citizens in our societies today. These are older people in our societies who need care, love and support from all of us. It is not a secret that when we grow old a lot of changes takes place in the process. Some of those changes may include:
- Changes in health, lifestyle, roles and support
- Changes in physical pain and loss of mobility
- Growing older can be stressful and loneliness is common
With these changes, experts from AWAREmed Health and Wellness Resource Center under the able leadership of doctor Dalal Akoury says that alcohol and prescription drug problems and particularly among our senior citizens age 60 and above is actually one of the fastest growing health problem facing most nations across the globe including America. Doctor Dalal Akoury says that even though this is a proven fact, the situation has stagnated and remain neglected, underestimated, under identified, underdiagnosed and undertreated thereby creating the catastrophe of thousands of our senior citizens who desperately require treatment and don’t get it. And because of this, alcohol and drug related problems among senior citizens is a condition many do not want to talk about, be associated with, deal with or even treat for various reasons including some of the following:
- Health care providers tend to overlook alcohol or drug problems among older people, mistaking the symptoms for dementia, depression, or other problems common to older adults.
- Older adults are more likely to hide their alcohol or drug use and less likely to seek professional help.
- Many relatives of older individuals with substance use disorders, particularly their adult children, are living in denial or ashamed of the problem and choose not to address it.
The effects of alcoholism and drug addiction are a phenomenon that does not have any respect for status, race, gender and age. Everyone and everybody can and is a victim. It affects at all levels globally to the smallest unit of the family. And because we are focusing on the family, alcoholism and drug addiction affects the whole family whether young, teenage, or grown-up children, wives or husbands, brothers or sisters, parents or other relatives and friends no one is speared when it comes to addiction. It therefore means that when one family member is addicted to alcohol and drugs the whole family suffers. According to the experts at AWAREmed Health and Wellness Resource Center, addiction is a family disease capable of destroying the whole unit; it stresses the family to the breaking point, impacts negatively on the stability of the home and the family’s unity. In terms of health, it affects the mental health, physical health, finances, and basically the entire family dynamics. Doctor Akoury is very concern that with the strength of denial, help may come too late and without help, active addiction can totally disrupt family life and cause harmful effects that can last a lifetime. It is for this reason this reason that doctor Akoury founded this health facility to primarily transform each and every individual’s life through increasing awareness about health and wellness and by empowering individuals to find their own inner healing power. In this facility, doctor Akoury’s practice focuses on personalized medicine through healthy lifestyle choices that deal with primary prevention and underlying causes instead of patching up symptoms making her one of the most qualified professionals you can rely on with your addiction complications. You can reach her on telephone number 843 213 1480 to schedule your appointment with her today for the commencement of your recovery program.
I had previously mentioned this but because of the magnitude of the problem I will mention it again and again. The fact is that one of the biggest challenges to family recovery in substance abuse is the belief and feelings that everything will be ok if they can just ‘fix’ their loved one who is addicted to alcohol or drugs. This school of thought appears to work in isolation where the indirect victims let the direct victim to face the challenge squarely. This is not the way to approach this problem, in fact helping families understand that just as the addict is responsible for their own recovery, and in the same way they too are responsible for their own recovery. Meaning that, the whole family must be in it together including the children. And remember that a single addiction in the family strains relationships by causing people to become anxious, mistrustful, tired which can eventually result in an overwhelming sense of hopelessness. Therefore because addiction hurts the whole family, it is absolutely essential that solutions are designed to restore the whole family.
Having identified some of the roadblocks of recovery, it is very important that as a family disease, those who have been affected by addiction should seek for immediate help from the right professionals to recover and rebuild the stability of their lives and regain independent and freedom from all the effects of alcoholism and drug addiction. At a family level, members of the family need not to shy away from asking questions when they feel that something is not right. This is very important because without question, the damage could be worst when it is finally realized at a letter date.
Besides that, constructive and active family engagement in the recovery process is essential if the family is to heal from the destructive impact of addiction. To move on in hope, families need a variety of supports, information and skills including the following visiting the experts at AWAREmed Health and Wellness Resource Center under the able leadership of doctor Dalal Akoury for a one on one consultation and treatment.