older adult treatment

Older Adult Program

Individualized care is standard in effective addiction treatment, but age is one factor that is often overlooked. Treatment programs are typically designed to accommodate all adults over the age of 18, but generational differences are apparent and can hinder productive, relatable discussions surrounding addiction.

Guardian IOP takes a highly targeted approach by offering age-specific programming for younger adults and older adults, treating addiction in an even more specialized way. Our Older Adult Program aims to help adults over the age of 40 recover from substance use disorder using therapies that speak to this specific treatment population’s unique needs and concerns.

An Individualized, Multidisciplinary Approach

The side effects of chemical dependence becoming increasingly more pervasive with time. For an adult who has been abusing alcohol or drugs for years, those substances have made it extremely difficult for them to manage emotions, especially more volatile emotions like frustration, anger and irritability. When such feelings are improperly managed, they can manifest in a number of ways, including resentment, outbursts and depression.

Treatment intensifies those volatile feelings, which requires a treatment plan that intervenes and teaches a client how to replace those unhealthy emotions with more positive behaviors. Our goal is to help each client recover physically, mentally and spiritually.

Guardian IOP treatment plans are created by experienced, educated members of our clinical and medical staff. They take a multidisciplinary approach, using a combination of traditional and alternative therapies, and they are continuously monitored and updated based on a client’s progress.

Specialized Care Based on the Needs of Older Adults

There may be less stigma surrounding society’s attitude toward substance abuse, but for older adults, there’s still a lot of shame. This is a generation that comes from a time where talking about problems wasn’t encouraged.

Additionally, someone over the age of 40 is in a completely different stage of life than someone in their 20s. Generational differences are obvious. Older adults have different needs, which requires highly individualized care. They may be married with adult children. They likely have a career to protect, or they may be retired. They may also be dealing with other physical and mental health problems aside from addiction.

Common stressors older adults face include:

  • Professional burnout
  • Death of a loved one
  • Parental burnout
  • Divorce
  • Loss of a job
  • Getting married
  • Taking care of an elderly or sick family member
  • Moving

Guardian IOP takes great care in cultivating an environment where adults over the age of 40 can discuss their experiences openly, free of shame, judgment or embarrassment. When a client is surrounded by other people who can relate to their generational experience, they naturally open up.

Elements of Treatment for Older Adults

Our Older Adult Program is structured to help people manage and process the stressors associated with this stage of life. Therapy allows clients to relearn life skills, especially interpersonal communication skills, manage feelings of shame, denial, grief and loneliness, and prepare for a smooth transition after treatment.

We utilize a range of evidence-based therapies to help our adult clients identify the underlying causes of addiction, including:

Recover From Substance Use Disorder

Clients can experience personalized treatment with age- and gender-specific programming, complemented by evidence-based and alternative therapies. Recovery from substance abuse is possible, and help is here. To learn more about our Older Adult Program and the other therapies we offer, contact Guardian IOP at 855.517.1871.