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Addiction An Epidemic Among the Elderly, Says Chapters Capistrano

Addiction An Epidemic Among the Elderly, Says Chapters Capistrano

Substance abuse among the elderly represents a growing health concern, reports Chapters Capistrano.

By no means is addiction a “young man’s game.” Statistics show that substance abuse is a growing concern among elderly Americans. Specifically, Psych Central  reports that there are close to three million Americans, age 55 and older, who struggle with alcohol abuse. More staggering still: That number is expected to double by 2020. Chapters Capistrano, a San Clemente drug and alcohol rehab center, has issued a new statement to the press, commenting on this trend in addiction among the elderly.

“This is one of the great, unacknowledged public health crises of our time,” comments Mike Shea, founder of Chapters Capistrano. “For a variety of reasons, our elderly are succumbing more and more to addiction. We need to be more proactive in pointing them toward healing, rehab, and recovery.”

Alcohol addiction is not the only threat to senior citizens. Psych Central reports that illicit drug use is also increasingly common among the elderly. In fact, the number of adults over 50 who use illicit drugs has doubled between 2002 and 2013.

“It has long been assumed that the reason older Americans fall into addiction is that they are retired, and therefore have more time on their hands but also less sense of purpose,” comments Shea. “However, as this article notes, the true explanation is more complicated than that.”

Says Psych Central, “A comprehensive 10-year study discovers substance abuse is associated with a host of circumstances surrounding leaving the work force — a factor that often coincides with painful later-life events such as the death of spouses and friends.”

“One’s twilight years often come with a lot of big changes—loss, health problems, grief, and so on,” concludes Shea. “Many older Americans are not equipped to handle these things, and so they turn to drugs or alcohol. What we want people to know is that recovery is possible no matter your age, so long as you receive holistic and personalized care, like what we provide at Chapters Capistrano.”


Chapters Capistrano is a luxury drug and alcohol treatment center located in city of San Clemente in Orange County, Southern California, with two beautiful ocean-view homes. Specializing in all types of substance abuse, Chapters offers flexible treatment programs that are designed to offer greater confidence in addiction recovery. With a thorough approach to detox, counseling and mental health, this center has delivered many success stories. In addition to offering alternative approaches to conventional recovery, Chapters is also recognized for providing guest comfort with exceptional accommodations, private rooms and cell and laptop allowance. Those searching to begin a new “Chapter” in addiction recovery are encouraged to contact the facility today.

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Company Name: Chapters Capistrano
Contact Person: Lori Wilkinson
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Phone: 208-661-6942
Address:800 S El Camino Real, Ste 210
City: San Clemente
State: CA
Country: United States
Website: http://www.chapterscapistrano.com/

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