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PRESCRIPTION PAIN PILL ADDICTION IN SENIORS

Guest article from Long Island Interventions

In the United States, 13 percent of the population is above the age of 65. This group accounts for more than 33 percent of the prescription drugs bought in the country. Unfortunately, seniors are prone to abusing their prescription pain medication. One way to improve the quality of life of those seniors addicted to prescription painkillers is through medically supervised pain management. In order to prescribe the right dosages of medication for treatment, the individual must be properly diagnosed.

Prescription pain pills usually include opioids, and are addictive in nature. They influence the pain-relieving effects of chemicals produced in the brain. The temporary pleasure that they provide leads people to keep using more doses of the drug so that the same effect can be achieved; this leads to addiction. Painful withdrawal symptoms can occur when the individual stops taking these medications.

What Is Prescription Drug Addiction?

Prescription drug addiction occurs when people misuse prescribed medications and use them in a way that is not recommended by their physician. Prescription drug abuse can also occur when people take an improper dosage or when they use a prescription that’s not meant for them, whether by accident or purposefully. Mixing medicine with alcohol is also a form of abuse which can lead to addiction.

Causes of Prescription Painkiller Addiction in Seniors

There are different factors that could cause seniors to abuse prescription painkillers. The reasons could be a result of health issues or life-changing events that had a negative emotional effect. Some of the most common triggers for seniors to begin abusing pain pills is retirement, death of a loved one (spouse, family member, or friend), financial problems, relocation, family problems, inability to sleep, and mental and physical health issues. Once the cycle of addiction begins, the first step to getting better is a recovery center such as the Long Island opioid detox program.

Why Are Seniors At Risk Of Misusing Prescription Pain Pills?

Most seniors that misuse prescription pain pills usually do so by accident. This group of people takes more medication than other age groups, as about 30 percent of people between the ages of 57 to 85 use at least five prescriptions. As a result, seniors are more likely to get hooked on one of their many prescriptions. Old age also reduces the ability of the body to absorb and filter medicine, meaning seniors can easily become addicted to prescription pain pills, even when lower doses are taken.

When To Ask For Help

Prescription painkiller addiction is a condition that shouldn’t be ignored. If you know an older adult that is addicted to prescription painkillers, there are Long Island addiction treatment centers that can help. Treatment for addiction depends on the individual that’s struggling with the addiction, the kind of medication that is being abused, the level of addiction, as well as the nature of withdrawal symptoms experienced. However, with the right treatment center and support, seniors can overcome addiction to live a happy, healthy life.


Easy Dance Exercises for Older Adults

Happy Seniors dancing to Beauty Hula. Groove along gently with us here in this Senior MUVE dance exercise video. MUVE dance-along exercises for seniors are a great way to loosen up and get all body-parts moving. They are not only workouts to get in shape, but also a great way to relax and reduce stress.This spontaneous dance along is from the beginner dance exercise dvd Mellow MUVE. It features easy dance steps that anyone can do. The best part is that you can invite your whole family to join you in this easy dance workout. Because all movements are customized to each dancers needs, your children and grand children can dance exercise with you right at home. The only way to really know what these spontaneous dances feel like is to actually do them! You will be surprised how easy it is to let yourself be inspired by the music and the easy moves, that's what makes working out fun with MUVE.


Weight Exercises for Seniors

Great weight lifting exercise for seniors to build arm and upper body strength are the bicep curl and shoulder press. Lift weights properly with tips from a professional personal trainer in this free video on exercising for seniors.


Yoga for Seniors

Yoga for Seniors: The Whole Body with Michelle Rubin

Michelle gently strengthens and stretches the whole body, all while seated in a chair. It's perfect for seniors