Elderly Alcoholism Intervention Burlington VT

The Golden Years do not come gently into our lives and unfortunately we may not be prepared for it. Suddenly we find ourselves retired from our jobs and we must prepare ourselves for a new way of life. Many of us have hobbies. Some people volunteer to work for organizations. Many relocate away from family and friends and swear that they are off to experience a new way of life.

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Fletcher Allen Healthcare
UHC Campus, 1 South Prospect Street,
Burlington, VT5401
(802) 847-3333
www.fletcherallen.org

Intake Phone Numbers:
(802) 847-1421

Services Offered: Substance abuse treatment

Residency: Outpatient

Payment Accepted: Self payment, Medicaid, Medicare, State financed insurance (other than Medicaid), Private health insurance, Military insurance (e.g., VA,TRICARE)

Payment Assistance: Payment assistance (Check with facility for details)

Languages: ASL or other assistance for hearing impaired

Specializing in Persons with co-occurring mental and substance abuse disorders, Pregnant/postpartum women, Women

As Vermont’s University Medical Center, we at Fletcher Allen are committed to providing the highest quality of care for patients and their families throughout the region. We care for people every day – helping them in their time of need, offering compassion and a kind word, and providing leading edge, research-based therapies. Above all, we are dedicated to service and putting patients first. Everyone deserves high-quality care, and we honor the human experience every day, in everything we do.

Through a vital partnership, Fletcher Allen, the University of Vermont College Medicine and the College of Nursing and Health Sciences form Vermont’s University Medical Center – one of just 138 such centers in the country. Together in service, we improve our region’s quality of life with innovations in medicine and health care that arise from new knowledge and discovery.

We are committed to the development of an Integrated Delivery System, which provides high-value health care to the communities we serve and enhances our academic mission. Our nationally recognized physicians and health care professionals are researchers and teachers who are experts on the latest developments in their fields and dedicated to the art and science of medicine.

At Fletcher Allen, we deliver all of the resources and opportunities of a major medical center right here in Vermont, providing patients with the breadth and depth of services they need and an array of specialists nationally acclaimed for their work in a wide range of areas including cardiology, oncology, neurology, stroke, trauma and many others.
Maple Leaf Farm Associates Inc
10 Maple Leaf Road,
Underhill, VT5489
(802) 899-2911x206
www.mapleleaf.org

Intake Phone Numbers:
(802) 899-2911

Services Offered: Substance abuse treatment, Detoxification, Buprenorphine Services

Residency: Hospital inpatient, Residential short-term treatment (30 days or less)

Payment Accepted: Self payment, Medicaid, State financed insurance (other than Medicaid), Private health insurance, Military insurance (e.g., VA,TRICARE)

Languages: ASL or other assistance for hearing impaired

Specializing in Persons with HIV/AIDS

Maple Leaf Farm in Underhill, VT is one of the oldest continuously operating inpatient drug and alcohol abuse treatment and recovery centers in the country. We offer residential substance addiction rehabilitation and detoxification programs to men and women in a serene setting in the foothills of Mt. Mansfield, the tallest peak in Green Mountains. Maple Leaf Farm is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities, is licensed by the State of Vermont and operates as a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization.

Mountain View and Mens DormMaple Leaf Farm’s mission is to help men and women recover from alcohol and drug addiction. We understand the power of alcohol and drug abuse and addiction to destroy the lives of individuals and their families. We are committed to providing medical detoxification and inpatient treatment and support services of the highest quality to help our patients find rehabilitation and recovery. We will do whatever it takes to help our patients reach this goal. And we will never give up.

Maple Leaf Farm believes that addiction is a treatable, chronic disease that can be successfully managed, much like diabetes, hypertension, or asthma. We provide safe, medically supported detoxification and stabilization including psychiatric assessment with referrals to the proper level of care. Acute medical services are also available on site. The admissions process begins with a 30-minute telephone in-take interview. Transportation services may also be arranged through Maple Leaf Farm.

We believe in an integrated model of care offering individualized, evidenced based programming that is client directed, person-centered and strength-based. Our staff, most dually licensed, have years of experience in addictions and are committed to ensuring each client has the proper tools to manage this disease.

Saved a seat 2We recognize there are many pathways to recovery and one size does not fit all. Our Residential Program offers a variety of counseling and case management options including individual, group and community meetings. Activity-based choices such as Outdoor >Recreation, Yoga, Art Recovery, Creative Expression, Acu-Detox, and Life Skills complete the daily therapeutic schedule.

We know that recovery is stronger when family members are involved in the process. We encourage family members over the age of 14 to attend our Family Program, offered on Saturdays. The day-long program utilizes an interactive curriculum designed to address issues faced by the entire family. Loved ones are also invited to join us for Sunday Brunch.

Continuing in treatment following discharge from Maple Leaf Farm is essential to maintaining recovery. We offer an Aftercare Program and actively refer clients to community based outpatient and support services such as Intensive Outpatient Programs and local treatment providers.
Howard Center
Chittenden Clinic
1 South Prospect Street, Room 1420,
Burlington, VT5401
(802) 488-6450
www.howardcenter.org

Intake Phone Numbers:
(802) 488-6460

Services Offered: Substance abuse treatment, Methadone Maintenance, Methadone Detoxification

Residency: Outpatient

Payment Accepted: Self payment, Medicaid, Medicare, State financed insurance (other than Medicaid), Private health insurance, Military insurance (e.g., VA,TRICARE)

Payment Assistance: Sliding fee scale (fee is based on income and other factors)

Languages: ASL or other assistance for hearing impaired

Specializing in Pregnant/postpartum women

Our mission is to improve the well-being of children, adults, families, and communities.

We offer life-saving professional crisis and counseling services to children and adults; supportive services to individuals with autism and developmental disabilities who need help with education, employment, and life maintenance skills; counseling and medical services for those struggling with substance abuse, and intensive interventions for adults with serious and persistent mental health challenges. HowardCenter was founded in 1873 and serves more than 15,000 individuals and families every year.

We invite you to view this 9-minute video, "A Day in the Life," to more fully understand our organization and the individuals and families we serve.

Road to Recovery: The Elderly and Alcoholism

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Road to Recovery: The Elderly and Alcoholism

Carol Greenberg

Friday, September 14, 2007 Perhaps, the most difficult thing for people of advanced years to do is to give up an old habit. That habit of drinking too much alcohol. It may have started out as a cocktail or two before dinner followed with a glass of wine with dinner and maybe a brandy before bedtime but now that we find ourselves in the Golden Years and with time on our hands the drinking may have increased and we have become alcoholics. Of course, we would never admit it. We stay in denial until well meaning friends or family members tell us that we drink too much. Naturally, we become defensive and sometimes very nasty and tell them to mind their own business. This attitude has divided families and chased away friends.

The Golden Years do not come gently into our lives and unfortunately we may not be prepared for it. Suddenly we find ourselves retired from our jobs and we must prepare ourselves for a new way of life. Many of us have hobbies. Some people volunteer to work for organizations. Many relocate away from family and friends and swear that they are off to experience a new way of life. Others stay at home, become depressed, or too ill to contemplate a change. Illness, doctors, a lack of family involvement, and the horror of facing death can be the cause of many cases of depression. And, depression can lead to drowning one's sorrows in that bottle of alcohol.

Mildred B., a seventy year old grandmother, thought she was handling her retirement well. She volunteered at the library, walked her dog, and enjoyed preparing her own meals. Every evening she would prepare a Martini and eat dinner watching TV. As time passed she began to have two Martinis and then three and would skip dinner entirely. Her children noticed her mood swings and became worried when they would call and she would ramble over the phone. They knew that she had been drinking but did not know how to stop her. Finally, one night, after she had too much she fell asleep in her chair and when suddenly awakened, stood up, fell and broke her hip.

This is not an unusual story. I spoke to Dr. James Kohl, an orthopedist, who told me that many of his elderly patients come to his office with fractures, broken bones, or worse, and the first thing he asks them if they are alcoholics. If they deny it he gives them a written test prepared by John Hopkins University. He confirmed that blackouts are common among alcoholics, especially the elderly. He said, although many people can drink socially and in moderation, as we age, that ability diminishes, though few of us realize it. Our motor skills naturally decrease, and the risk of falling increases. Many seniors, for example take medications for high blood pressure, heart disease and more. Mixing alcohol with those medications can be lethal.

I also interviewed Dr. Sharon Richter, a certified addictions counselor, who explained that much of the alcohol problem to the m...

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