Aging and Addiction is an authoritative guide for families, friends, and colleages who want to know how to help an older adult or senior suffering from alcoholism, drug addiction, or medication dependence. It provides detailed explanations and suggestions, along with a wealth of resources.
Topics include: definitions of alcoholism, drug addiction, and chemical dependency; intervention, family responses, understanding treatment, and issues in early recovery.
Written by best-selling author Debra Jay and national expert on older adults and addiction, Carol Colleran, this book will provide answers for families dealing with a treasured family member.
From the introduction by Barry McCaffrey, former Drug Czar:
“This superb book will help save lives. It’s that simple. Aging and Addiction is intelligent, readable, and well researched. Above all, it is an immensely compassionate book, which offers hope and direction to families and readers who have an older adult who is abusing alcohol or medications.”
“Older American adults who abuse or are addicted to alcohol or prescription medications are not failures. Most have raised wonderful families, retired from successful careers and community activities, and led energetic lives. They are suffering from a disease. As with any other physical illness, they can be helped to recover. However, many go without diagnosis or even minimal treatment from their doctors and the health care community.”