Last month was National Recovery Month, a national observance held every September by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to promote and support new evidence-based treatment and recovery practices, the emergence of a strong and proud recovery community, and the dedication of service providers and community members across the nation who make recovery in all its forms possible. Recovery month is in its 32nd year and celebrates the gains made by those in recovery from addictions. And to observe this month, our blogs will feature information on substances of abuse that affect our seniors whether it be a substance use disorder, dangers of mixing medications, or those contributing to cognitive issues or falls.
"Substance use disorders among our seniors have nearly doubled since 2006, affecting almost 6 million older adults," said Attorney RJ Connelly III. "The reality is that seniors with a substance use problem face many more risks than younger people due to cognitive impairments, medication interactions, nutritional concerns, poor social supports, and the risk of falls. Misusing or abusing substances and medications is also linked to increased mortality rates and higher costs of healthcare."
Americans continue to have a stereotypical view of substance abuse and addiction. It happens to the “other family” -- not ours. Many believe it is a problem of the “lower class”, those lacking education, the young, the homeless, and even minorities. These are stereotypes and stereotypes die hard because, in most cases, they are the refuge of those who ar