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With the Baby Boomer generation aging, more alcohol rehab programs across the country are finding their services in demand from this demographic. It may be hard to imagine for some, but seniors are struggling with alcohol addiction and account for almost 60 percent of the people seeking treatment each year.
According to a recent article published by the Associated Press, the number of admissions to alcohol detox and alcohol rehab programs has doubled between the years of 1992 and 2008. Experts expect this rising trend to continue as the Baby Boomer generation grows older. This presents some unique challenges for alcohol rehab programs. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration estimates that one of every eight older adults in the United States sought help for drug and alcohol addiction in 2008.
One center in New York City is offering substance abuse treatment programs designed specifically for seniors.  “There is a level of societal denial around the issue. No one wants to look at their grandparent, no one wants to think about their grandparent or their elderly parent, and see that person as an addict,” said Peter Provet, President and CEO of Odyssey House.
Many of these seniors have struggled for years with alcohol abuse, and reach a point in their lives where they recognize they need to get help for their disease. The next logical step would be to find a quality alcohol detox and alcohol rehab program. It is important to select an alcohol rehab program with an experienced medical staff, because it is common for seniors to have multiple medical problems like high blood pressure, heart disease and diabetes. All of these are chronic medical conditions that require daily medications and monitoring, and an alcohol rehab and alcohol detox program needs to provide that round-the-clock attention.
It is possible for seniors to regain their health and start the recovery from alcohol addiction. The social stigma of the disease should not prevent anyone, regardless of their chronological age, from seeking quality treatment at an alcohol rehab.

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Question by aznandy2005: what do they do in rehab and how much does it cost? i really need to know this!!! thank you?

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Answer by itsjustme
a lot of $ but if u or ur parents have health insurance rehab should be covered. insurance co’s talk like they won’t pay it but eventually will. if you have no insurance each state has drug rehab programs. do a search 4 the state you live in. if u don’t find info. call the united way (look up phone # in your city). tell them what type of services you need they can give you lots of info.

i don’t know if this is pertaining to u or a friend, but i wanted to say that getting help is important no matter what the cost. u can’t put a pricetag on life & death. i lost my oldest daughtr to drugs 3 1/2 yrs. ago, 4 mos. later i had to put my son (then 16 yrs) in rehab. 1st the insurance co said they were not going to pay bcuz he had not had prior drug problms &it wasn’t serious enough. HA! it’s all about $ to them. i told them we were putting him in rehab anyway even if we had to sell our house. they ended up paying. my neice went through rehab through the state of oklahoma. check around and find the help you or your friend needs. good luck!

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Alcoholism is a plague which does not discriminate between man and woman. It affects women just as it affects men, but even more so. Researchers have found that women are more prone to falling prey to alcoholism than men. There bodily systems being different the problems they face are entirely different and in some cases severe. Thus, women are more prone to developing health risks via alcoholism as compared to men. Even women who drink on occasion or socially are at risk. alcoholic rehab for women helps these women overcome this addiction and lead a normal and healthy life.

Why do women drink? It is not aimed at being a sexist question but it is seen that women drink for the same reasons that men do. Physical or sexual abuse, strained or stressed relationship issues, low self-esteem etc. have all known to be contributing factors. The best addiction treatment help such women with support and aid them to identify the root of such issues and support them to eliminate the problems. If addiction crosses the safety threshold then not only will the woman face psychological and emotional problems, she will also develop serious health disorders as breast and liver cancer, osteoporosis, memory loss and brain damage, problems in the reproductive system etc. The female systems are not made to handle the damage a male system can take without sustaining serious loss.

The best alcohol rehab centers for women can be a bit intimidating at first because frankly most do not know what to expect and they back off. Every center has its own personalized and effective rehab programs which address specific needs of the individual. All in all the treatment involves a 3 tier process—Detoxification, Counseling and Aftercare. Detoxification consists of withdrawal from alcohol without going into relapse. Patients are taught methods of self-control and determination; they are also educated on the harmful effects of alcohol.

Detoxification is painful to most as it is hard to let go of the cravings but the process is short yet effective. After detoxification the individual is encouraged to attend support groups to share her experiences and find solace in the many other women who have let go and are happy about it. New strategies are taught to avoid breaking your resolve. The aftercare is usually a 12-step program which helps you to continue abstaining from liquor and maintain a healthy and alcohol free life.

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Question by eveofthefuture: How can we use anthropology in order to understand “substance abuse” and/or addiction?
Up until now, rehab programs have not been very successful. In your own words, give me some examples where anthropology and sociology can be applied and used in regards to developing a rehab program maybe more adapted to addicts.
xx machina: True, it was extremely important to anthropologists up until recently. Things have changed. With the emergence of what we call in France “Le devoir d’Ingerence,” post- post- modernist theories and more, the idea of objectivity and subjectivity have definitely transformed. New branches of anthropology are actually born with the desire to change the world, therefore, to judge and speak out (applied anthropology is a good example). You will find more and more applied anthropologists working in health organizations, developing health programs with just that “an anthropological approach.” Many medical, cultural, symbolic, urban anthropologists anthropologists have been writing on a social phenomenon called addiction. It would make sense to apply these findings in the benefit (not necessarily judge as you point out) of addicts.
Thank you Dek and Glo.

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Answer by Glo*
Taking examples from Native Americans, they used many intoxicants such as plants and herbs and drugs that are now considered to be psychoactive. However, they have/had a strict set of rules and guidelines for usage. For many years they did not have a addiction/abuse issue. However, now they do and have for sometime. The conditions of use, times, places, rules and guidelines changed. They have developed a program called the “wellbriety movement” you may find it quite interesting. go to and you can find further information regarding this program. Going with the norms of their cultures they include family and community in the abstinence process. Unlike mainstream society with clients in treatment being kept away from family and friends. Getting direct support from therapists, counselors and fellow addicts only. They are given the tools and sent out into society and expected to use these tools and remain clean in the same environment with a family that really has no knowledge of what their loved one is dealing with. I actually just composed a research paper and posted it on my 360 blog the other day…. You are more than welcome to go there an read it if you would like. You can use your own words to show examples. God bless****

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