09 Oct Baby Boomers are Not Exempt to Taking Drugs in America Today
You may be wondering if your Uncle Tom is doing drugs. However, you try to convince yourself that it cannot be possible because he is 65 years old. Many people think that baby boomers are the least likely people on the planet to be abusing drugs. However, new studies are showing that baby boomers are amongst the fastest groups abusing prescription drugs these days.
According to recent studies, at least 17 percent of senior citizens are now abusing prescription drugs. This is around 44 percent women and 23 percent men. The most common drugs of choice are painkillers, Ambien and Benzodiazepines.
Studies conducted by Annals of Epidemiology suggest that drug use amongst senior citizens may grow to over one hundred and ninety percent by the year 2020. This seems to be a growing problem because many psychiatrists are giving prescriptions out in large doses.
Another growing problem amongst seniors is alcoholism. It is easy to buy alcohol at the store. What tends to happen is that many seniors are mixing alcohol with psychiatric medications. According to recent national surveys, 8.3 percent of seniors over 65 are binge drinking.
In order to look at baby boomer addiction, we have to understand why these seniors are taking drugs to begin with. For starters, they don’t take drugs the same way as teens and young adults to. Baby boomers are not looking to just get high. They are getting high in order to get rid of pain in their lives. This pain can be either physical or dealing with the loss of husbands, wives and other loved ones.
Many children don’t know how to help their parent. Even though many children of baby boomers see their parent’s life addicted to drugs and alcohol, they refuse to help them. It is mainly because they don’t want to accept the fact that their parent is an addict. This is not easy for a child to accept.
If you suspect that your parent may have a problem with alcohol or drugs, it is important to speak with them about it. If you turn a blind eye to the problem, the addiction will only get worse. If you don’t know where to turn, it is important to speak with someone at a drug/alcohol treatment facility.