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Retirees and Alcohol Addiction

People in retirement make up one of the largest groups of alcohol abusers and addicts, and perhaps because of the free time they enjoy. Heavy drinking commonly accompanies a retiree who wants to relax, because she can do so all day. Unfortunately, after chronic use and high levels of consumption, psychological and physical dependence to alcohol can develop, which can make her feel incapable of having fun without being drunk. Once addiction sets in, it can be difficult for a retiree to get sober due to painful withdrawal symptoms. The following other factors contribute to alcohol addiction:

  • Many people believe retirement will be filled with fun and exciting activities, but many are surprised by the boredom they feel, which may encourage them to turn to alcohol
  • Many people define themselves through their careers, so if they do not find a new, healthy focal point in retirement, they may turn to alcohol to cope
  • Old age often goes hand in hand with retirement, and aging can cause worry about the future and personal health. Alcohol is commonly used to offset worries and concerns, although this is a temporary solution.
  • Many individuals drink too much or abuse other substances to deal with stress and work. When all responsibilities are removed during retirement, people may still have the tendency to relax with heavy drinking.
  • Unmet expectations about retirement can cause a retiree to face disappointment that can be seemingly resolved with alcohol abuse
  • Some retirees become lonely or fall into depression, so they may abuse alcohol to feel better

Many people struggle with minor alcohol abuse problems, even while they are still working, but they may be able to keep this problem at bay or concealed because of work responsibilities. However, after retirement is reached, an existing problem with alcohol abuse can become much worse and can develop into addiction. Depression and other mental health problems often arise during old age, which can lead to substance abuse. Unfortunately, addiction often goes unnoticed in the elderly, mainly because friends or family members do not expect the condition in elderly loved ones. Furthermore, alcohol abuse symptoms can also be masked by symptoms of old age and mental health problems, such as becoming more violent. Because they do not recognize the problem, or because they believe it is too late to get help, elderly alcoholics often avoid addiction treatment. However, special treatment facilities are age-specific and equipped to fit the lifestyle of retirement. Many of these treatment centers offer luxurious living while providing the highest quality addiction help.

Addiction Treatment for Retired Alcoholics

If you or someone you love struggles with alcoholism in retirement, please call our toll-free helpline now. Our admissions coordinators are standing by 24 hours a day to help you find treatment that will work for you. Begin your recovery today and call us now.