Geriatric psychiatry can help the aging population deal with issues of loss. People of all ages might need help with mental health problems throughout different periods of their lives. However, older people usually face more difficulties. For this, an individual would need to schedule an appointment with a doctor who focuses on geriatric psychiatry.Geriatric psychiatry…
Drug Addiction Treatment Can Help Seniors Detox
Older adults and retirees are visiting us for drug addiction treatment more than ever before. Doctors often prescribe opioid drugs after accidents or surgeries, and while opioids are highly effective in relieving pain, they are also highly addictive. Seniors often find themselves hooked on the medication long after it is needed for pain relief.
Unfortunately, drug addiction comes with a stigma and many people are afraid to admit that they have a problem or to ask for help. A person needs to admit an addiction in order to begin treatment and get back to normal life. We encourage seniors who have found themselves addicted to drugs to contact us for help.
Our drug addiction treatment is discrete
Typically, seniors who visit us do not want their families to know that they are struggling with drug addiction. Reasons may include wanting to continue to live independently and not wanting to disappoint loved ones.
Drug addiction is common and htere is no shame in it, but we certainly understand these motivations and make our patients' privacy a top priority. Our treatment is discrete. Instead of checking into a facility, our patients can detox from the comfort of their own homes. Addiction specialists can even meet with patients one-on-one for privacy.
A smooth detox process
Detoxification can be difficult for patients, but we provide a drug addiction treatment process that is as smooth as possible. With other treatment methods, it is common for patients to suffer a variety of symptoms, including:
- Inability to think clearly
We help patients avoid these side effects. By offering prescription medication that limits or eliminates detox symptoms, patients can get off drugs and feel good in the process. Usually, their friends and loved ones will not be able to tell the patients are undergoing detox treatment.
Detoxification is the first step
Our treatment is highly effective in helping patients detox, but this is only the first step. Once the drugs are out of a system, the person needs to make lifestyle changes. For seniors who became addicted to opioids for pain management, they may need to find natural alternatives to help with pain, such as visiting a chiropractor or massage therapist.
We also recommend creating a support structure for encouragement and emotional strength. Even if the senior does not wish to let others know what is going on, we advise finding a close friend to confide in. Narcotics Anonymous (NA) groups can also be helpful.
Discover how we can help
If you are a senior who has become addicted to opioids, you are not alone. Our drug addiction treatment program has helped many seniors in similar situations to overcome their addictions, and we can help you as well. To discover how, call and schedule an appointment today.
For more information or to schedule an appointment with Evolve Psychiatry, request an appointment in our Massapequa office here: https://www.evolvepsychiatry.com. Or call us at (631) 773-1096.