The psychological effects of addiction can change depending on a person’s age. Many addiction programs are directed at adolescents and young adults, which can make the treatment more difficult for midlife adults in the program. At Silver Ridge, our treatments were designed specifically for midlife adults.
Midlife adults face unique challenges and stressors that can lead to and exacerbate an addiction, and treatment needs to address these factors. Our rehabilitation center caters exclusively to adults, providing them with a comfortable environment where they can participate in group therapy with their peers.
The Beginning of a Midlife Addiction
It is a common misconception that addiction starts in youth. In truth, addiction can begin at any age, even if a person has used substances in the past without displaying any symptoms of addiction. As life changes, so do its challenges. There are many experiences in adulthood that could drive a person toward an addiction.
The following are some factors that can lead to an addiction:
- Increased sensitivity to drugs or alcohol
- Difficulty coping with the physical and mental effects of aging
- Frustration with work
- Chronic pains that lead to attempted self-medication with drugs or alcohol
- Using substances to cope with the loss of a loved one, divorce, retirement, and other challenges