Elderly Alcoholism Intervention Caldwell ID

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.

Ascent Behavioral Health Services
366 SW 5th Avenue, Suite 100,
Meridian, ID83642
(208) 898-9755
www.ascentbhs.org

Services Offered: Substance abuse treatment

Residency: Outpatient

Payment Accepted: Self payment, Medicaid, Private health insurance, Military insurance (e.g., VA,TRICARE), Access to Recovery

Specializing in Adolescents, Persons with co-occurring mental and substance abuse disorders, Women, DUI/DWI offenders

Ascent Behavioral Health Services is committed to providing quality substance abuse and psychiatric services to adults and adolescents, incorporating integrated treatment and a full continuum of outpatient care. Our goal is to assist clients in achieving recovery and optimal levels of functioning, while improving relationships with their families, employers / school, and peers.

Ascent has developed an integrated approach to be used throughout the course of treatment. The treatment objectives are to assist the client in managing symptoms and developing skills to maintain abstinence and achieve a recovery lifestyle.
Center for Behavioral Health Idaho Inc
1965 South Eagle Road, Suite 180,
Meridian, ID83642
(208) 288-0649
www.centerforbehavioralhealth.com

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

Residency: Outpatient

Payment Accepted: Self payment, Medicaid

Specializing in Pregnant/postpartum women, Women, DUI/DWI offenders

We are a group of outpatient facilities treating various substance abuse related problems with a focus on opiate addiction. Counseling is an important and critical part of treatment. We offer one-on-one counseling, as well as family and group counseling. Our counselors’ diverse backgrounds and personalities allow our patients to find a fit that is right for them.

All of our counselors are involved in continuing education and training that enhances their level of therapeutic effectiveness. The entire staff participates in community outreach to educate outside agencies on substance abuse treatment, Methadone, Buprenorphine/Suboxone, Vivitrol and other services that we provide. During outreach, our staff also receives information on community services that may be beneficial to the people we serve.

All Center for Behavioral Health locations are licensed by federal and state agencies and all are accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) and all of our locations consistently receive a 3-year accreditation, which is the highest accreditation possible. This is your assurance that we meet rigorous guidelines for service and quality based on an in-depth review of our services.
Bow Creek Recovery Center
13362 Davenport Lane,
Caldwell, ID83607
(208) 459-1883
www.addictiontreatmentrehab.com

Intake Phone Numbers:
(888) 505-1969

Services Offered: Substance abuse treatment, Detoxification, Buprenorphine Services

Residency: Residential short-term treatment (30 days or less), Residential long-term treatment (more than 30 days)

Payment Accepted: Self payment, Private health insurance

Specializing in Persons with co-occurring mental and substance abuse disorders

We have a highly-trained, caring, dedicated staff that uses a variety of therapeutic approaches. Our Program is primarily based upon therapeutic processes. Some of the therapeutic processes we use include: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Healing Art Therapy, Loss and Grief Therapy, Guilt and Shame Therapy, Anger Management, and Communication Therapy – amongst many other methods to help you to come to understand yourself better. We also offer the time-tested 12 step programs as a part of our program.

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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