By Carol Colleran
Dependancy between older adults is a hidden and hushed challenge. signs of alcohol or drugs abuse can simply be wrong for stipulations on the topic of getting older. or even while neighbors or relatives realize indicators of habit, they typically the necessity for intervention or therapy. With an envisioned 3 million older americans suffering from alcohol and drug misuse and abuse, getting older and dependancy is a much-needed source. The authors, either specialists within the box of habit remedy and intervention, offer a deferential, definitive advisor for spotting and addressing substance abuse between older adults. Key themes comprise: realizing the connection among getting older and dependancy, discovering aid for a family member, and spotting the remedy wishes of older adults. Key positive factors and advantages authors are widely known specialists within the box of habit addresses one of many nation's such a lot underestimated, lower than handled illnesses offers how-to-help info for family and pals
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Ask yourself these questions to determine if you’ve enabled an elder alcoholic to stay addicted by ignoring the problem. Have you • Denied or made excuses to family and friends to hide the alcohol or medication addiction? • Given the alcoholic permission to drink at certain times, in certain amounts, or on special days? • Cancelled family plans to hide the problem? • Encouraged family and friends to ignore the problem? • Accepted blame for the drinking? • Downplayed the seriousness of the problem or laughed it off ?
Learning not to enable the disease of addiction requires education and loving honesty. Don’t do what the alcoholic can do for himself. Stop managing the problem. Focus on solutions instead. Learn the right way to help your aging parent recover from his disease. Don’t clean up all the messes. Separate out Ignoring the Problem Can Preserve the Problem 27 healthy caregiving from enabling. Get support for yourself. Attend a Twelve Step group for families of alcoholics and find a caregivers support group.
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Aging and Addiction: Helping Older Adults Overcome Alcohol or Medication Dependence (Hazelden Guidebooks) by Carol Colleran