More than 57% of substance use and abuse inpatients admitted to Eden in fiscal year 2011 – 2012 were 35 years of age or older.
Most of these patients had multiple health problems and were diagnosed with a psychiatric disorder. Compared with their younger counterparts, older substance abuse patient’s required further medical treatment specifically directed toward their substance abuse or psychiatric problems.
Many factors contribute to this prevalent age skew as it takes a fair amount of suffering, degradation and hopelessness to render the client desperate enough to see the futility of the addiction and want rehabilitation. Unfortunately, waiting for clients to hit rock-bottom may erode many of the strengths they could bring to treatment that increase their odds of success—social stability and high cognitive and psychosocial functioning.
Substance Use and Abuse Age Skew.