At Guardian IOP, our age-specific programs cater to older adults, adults and younger adults who have been suffering at the hands of substance abuse and dependency. The age of an individual, as well as his or her stage in life, has quite a lot to do with the ways in which active addiction impacts him or her. Experiences will vary significantly based on age, as will necessary treatment options. For example, adolescents and young adults are more likely to begin abusing chemical substances recreationally and in social settings. Peer pressure often plays a major role in the continuation of substance use. They often have a difficult time identifying the ways in which substance use is negatively impacting their lives, and they are far less likely to seek professional treatment on their own accord. Older adults, on the other hand, grapple with their own unique set of adverse experiences, and tend to self-medicate more frequently as a result. They might be undergoing a painful interpersonal experience, such as the loss of a loved one or the end of a long-term marriage. Regardless of your personal circumstances, Guardian IOP is available to help. Our highly individualized program of clinical care was carefully developed to cater to men and women of different ages, thoroughly exploring all of their unique, treatment-related needs and ultimately equipping them with the tools and skills they need in order to maintain fulfilling sobriety for years to come.
At Guardian IOP, our Younger Adult Program focuses on the unique set of challenges faced by adolescents, teenagers and young adults. The National Institute on Drug Abuse reports that while addiction can take hold at any age, it typically begins when an individual is young. The signs of substance abuse among younger adults also vary, and tend to include repeatedly getting in trouble at school, spending time with a different group of friends, skipping classes and experiencing a sudden decline in grades, fighting more with close friends and family members and experiencing obvious changes to physical appearance (like a lack of attention paid to personal hygiene). At Guardian IOP, the therapeutic group sessions we offer as part of our Younger Adult Program focus on age-specific issues, like overcoming peer pressure and learning to set and maintain personal boundaries, working on repairing broken relationships with parents and siblings, learning how to have fun in recovery and replacing negative and self-destructive behavioral patterns with healthy and effective coping mechanisms.
Our adult program caters to men and women between the ages of 18 and 65 – however, our therapeutic group sessions are broken down even further, seeing as individuals who are in similar stages of life have an easier time relating to one another, making for a more focused and effective treatment experience overall. Because it can be difficult for individuals who are at different stages of life to thoroughly relate to one another, separating group therapy sessions by age helps clients relate to one another and offer peer support and encouragement without any inhibition, while facilitating the development of healthy bonds and making the overall treatment process feel more safe and comfortable. Men and women who are middle-aged or who already have some life experience under their belts tend to relate to one another more than they relate to teenagers who are still in school, or members of the elderly community who have already undergone a range of major life events. At Guardian IOP, our age-specific intensive outpatient program for adults focuses on topics like career development, marriage and other interpersonal relationships, relapse prevention training (identifying and working through personal relapse triggers) and effectively dealing with the typical day-to-day stress of work, finances and life in general. We offer all of the same therapeutic services a traditional IOP would offer – the only major difference is that groups are broken down by age, allowing for a more focused treatment experience.
Older adults face a unique set of challenges when it comes to maintaining long-term sobriety. Men and women who are over the age of 65 also have their own unique set of considerations when it comes to the initial development of substance abuse or dependency. As a person ages, he or she begins to face a range of significant changes, which could include feelings of depression or anxiety that surround the loss of a spouse (or another loved one), changes to income or other stressors that surround retirement or newly emerging medical issues that go hand-in-hand with aging. Metabolism changes with age, which could make an older individual more susceptible to the effects of a medication, and a combination of medications being taken for a variety of health concerns could interact adversely. Most treatment programs were designed specifically with younger and middle-aged demographics in mind. The unique needs of older adults are rarely addressed in traditional treatment settings. At Guardian IOP, our Older Adult Program allows for more focused care, and our experienced and professional treatment team is extremely well-versed in treating men and women who have a set of issues and experiences particular to individuals who are over the age of 65. We thoroughly understand how medical needs vary, seeing as older adults often battle ongoing medical issues or suffer from some degree of cognitive impairment. Our focused group therapy sessions cover topics that concern older adults, like grieving loss, facing age-specific experiences like retirement and effectively managing all medications.