Alcoholism is not a condition that just goes away on its own; it’s a disease that destroys marriages, careers and lives. This is a problem people have faced for centuries, affecting young and old, rich and poor, people from all races and ethnicities around the globe. So why haven’t future generations learned from the mistakes of past generations? Because many think alcohol and drugs offer something that many people can’t otherwise find, an escape from reality – a break from the hardship and stresses of everyday life.
But how do you know if you are an alcoholic or becoming a drug addict? How can you help someone you think is on the path to addiction? There is no easy answer, and as most people know, you can’t help someone until they are ready to admit they have a problem, and want help.
For more than 25 years, Scott & White has offered help to thousands dealing with drug and alcohol problems, and this year, these programs are expanding to offer additional help to a subset of addicts that often get overlooked – the Baby Boomers. More and more of the 55+ population are finding themselves facing alcoholism and drug addiction, but many of the current programs aren’t set up to meet their needs, until now.
The Alcohol and Drug Dependence Treatment Program has been at Scott & White since 1982, with classes offered during the evenings. Beginning in January, the Department of Psychiatry offers an Alcohol and Drug Dependence Treatment SeniorCare Program. Aimed at those 55 and older, this is a five-week long, daily treatment program to help chemically dependent individuals, and their families, learn how to break the destructive cycle of addiction and replace it with healthy living. Those taking part in the program receive individual therapy, medical management, family therapy, psychiatric evaluation and group therapy.
For more information on the Scott & White Alcohol and Drug Dependence Treatment Program, please call (254) 724-2585. Those interested in the program receive a personal consultation to determine the most appropriate course of treatment while in the program.