South Florida Alcohol Treatment | Seniors and Substance Abuse

Last Updated: Sep 20th 2019

Reviewed by Brittany Polansky, MSW, LCSW

South Florida Alcohol Treatment | Seniors and Substance Abuse

Growing older, and the changes that come with it can be very emotional. Kids moving away, sickness or even death of friends or spouses are all often apart of the aging process. So, a lot of elderly people turn to substances to cope with these major life changes. Also, people over the age of 65 account for 30% of prescribed medications in the U.S. Resulting in elders being at a high risk for prescription drug addiction. If your loved one is a senior that abuses substances, contact our South Florida alcohol treatment center.

South Florida Alcohol Treatment that can help with elders?

Identifying Addiction in Seniors

It’s often difficult to identify substance abuse problem in seniors because a lot of the effects at first glance could just be written off as old age. Such as diabetes, dementia, and depression. So,  If you have a suspicion that your loved one is abusing substances, get help from a professional for a proper diagnosis.


The Dangers of Elderly Substance Abuse

  • Overdose
  • Falls/accidents
  • Cognitive decline
  • Drug addiction
  • Physical health issues
  • Financial problems


Looking for a South Florida alcohol treatment center?

Do you know a senior that is abusing substances? Seeking treatment for yourself or a loved one is merely a phone call away. 1st Step Behavioral Health in Pompano Beach, Florida can help. We offer several alcohol rehab programs and services, including Inpatient and outpatient treatment, dual diagnoses treatment, and much more. Don’t wait for your alcohol use disorder to develop into an addiction. Seek help to overcome this obstacle now. Contact us today or call 866 319-6126 to begin.


Reviewed for Medical & Clinical Accuracy by Brittany Polansky, MSW, LCSW

Brittany has been working in behavioral health since 2012 and is the Assistant Clinical Director at our facility. She is an LCSW and holds a master’s degree in social work. She has great experience with chemical dependency and co-occurring mental health diagnoses as well as various therapeutic techniques. Brittany is passionate about treating all clients with dignity and respect, and providing a safe environment where clients can begin their healing journey in recovery.