Among baby boomers there is a new epidemic in town, alcohol and drug addiction. More and more, baby boomers are entering treatment for drug and alcohol addiction in the “snowbird” land of Florida.
Take Hanley Rehab Center in West Palm, Florida, where management of the facility have purported that for the past three years they have not been able to meet the demand of fifty and sixty year olds who seek treatment for addiction.
Even though Hanley Rehab Center has allocated twenty beds particularly for use by baby boomers struggling with alcohol and drug addiction they can not seem to accommodate all the individuals seeking treatment. There are not enough beds to match the number of patients seeking recovery. Although the sudden influx of this age demographic seeking treatment seems like a trend the need has always been there.
In fact, baby boomers have dealt with the issue of drug addiction and alcoholism in some form or another all their lives as they grew up during the fifties, sixties and seventies, when experimentation of drugs became more prevalent and has since become a fixture.
Baby boomers have been widely viewed as over-achievers, so much so that turning to alcohol and drugs was somewhat of a necessity, a route to relief and well-being. They seem to be taking the lead not only in visits to emergency rooms but also with regard to drug-related deaths.
This nationwide epidemic has become so insidious that The National Institute of Health released a report confirming that use of illicit substances is on the rise among baby boomers. The report revealed that use of illicit drugs [which includes prescription drug abuse] among this demographic doubled between the years of 2002 and 2010, from 904,000 to 2.4 million; if you look closely you will notice that the numbers in 2010 more than doubled from 2002.
After the age of fifty it is more common to find that individuals are consuming some type of pills, generally prescribed to manage some chronic or temporary condition that occurs with age. Due to the fact that the body changes and experiences the normal aging process, use of medication is far more often expected.
Yet, baby boomers combining prescription medications with illicit substances is not only on the rise it is becoming all too common. Doctors say that mixing prescription drugs with illicit drugs is not only unwise, it is hazardous to one’s health; it often creates more problems such as difficult with memory and remembering, added frustration, heart issues and even death.
After World War II, between the years of 1946 and 1964, some eighteen years in total, approximately seventy-five million boomers were born. Accordingly, approximately ten thousand per day turn fifty years old.
With that said, unless a new alternative [i.e. –more rehabs that cater to 50 and 60 year olds] arises we might find boomers using drugs again, if only to harken back to the summers of their youth.
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Original Article: www.palmbeachpost.com