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Is It Harder to Get Sober at a Later Age?

Addiction is a disease that has no age, gender, or social preference. It can destroy the life of anyone who’s path it crosses – a teenager, a mother, or even a grandparent.

The safest and most effective answer to a drug or alcohol addiction is professional treatment, but some people have the misconception that they can put rehab off until a later time in life. “I’ll go to rehab when I’m older” is simply the wrong attitude for someone struggling with an addiction.  At Treatment Alternatives’ Massachusetts drug rehab, we have experience in assisting people of all ages in reclaiming control of their lives, and we have seen the specific challenges associated with getting sober at a later age. If you or someone you know is struggling with an addiction, here’s why you should think twice about procrastinating treatment.

It may be harder to consider yourself an addict

In your older age, you may believe that you’re not acting on the same impulse and emotion that younger people do, so you might not classify your habit as an addiction. The essential point, however, is that drug and alcohol use is destructive at any age. If you feel dependent on the substance, if you base your routine around obtaining and using it, if its destroying your health and your relationships, then you have an addiction. The longer you wait, the stronger hold an addiction will take on you.

Lack of motivation makes change more difficult

Those who have been drinking or using drugs for a majority of their lives have found a way to work their addiction into their daily routine. A young person facing an addiction is constantly reminded of the possibilities of the future. On the other hand, an older person might feel a lack of motivation to make a change. If they’ve already gone so long managing their addiction, why change now? At our Massachusetts drug rehab, our individualized programs provide plenty of motivation to encourage anyone to fight for their health, their loved ones, and their happiness.

Those who are more established are more resistant to change

A person struggling with an addiction in their 20s is going to be less established and set in their ways as someone struggling with an addiction in their 50s. Those who are older and have kids, a job, bills to pay, and a routine will be more resistant to making room for rehab in their life. We understand it can be hard to leave your life for treatment and learn a new lifestyle. Our programs teach you how to learn new things and find enjoyment in life in the pursuit of healthy goals and activities at any age.

Fortunately, addiction doesn’t have to control a person’s life forever. With the help of Treatment Alternatives Massachusetts drug rehab, anyone can get a second chance at life. It’s never too late to make a change.

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