Elderly Alcoholism Intervention Fort Collins CO

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.

Narconon Colorado
A Life Worth Saving
1225 Redwood Street,
Fort Collins, CO80524
(970) 484-2023

Services Offered: Substance abuse treatment, Detoxification, Halfway house, Buprenorphine Services

Residency: Residential short-term treatment (30 days or less), Residential long-term treatment (more than 30 days), Outpatient, Partial hospitalization/day treatment

Payment Accepted: Self payment, State financed insurance (other than Medicaid), Private health insurance

Languages: Spanish

Specializing in Persons with co-occurring mental and substance abuse disorders, Gays and Lesbians, Seniors/older adults, Women, Criminal justice clients

The word Narconon® comes from the word "Narcotics-None" meaning “No-Drugs!”. The name is appropriate because the Narconon program is a drug-free program. The goal of the program is to help those who are addicted to drugs and alcohol to regain control of their lives. Drug abuse and addiction are problems that break family and friends apart, lower a person’s values, and bring corruption to happy communities. This problem can happen to anyone, no matter where they live.
The Narconon program was created in an Arizona State Prison by a former heroin addict named William Benitez. He used the developments and research of L. Ron Hubbard, an American author and humanitarian. When the Narconon program originated it had only ten inmates who actively participated. Within one year, that number grew to over one hundred and the program began to spread to other prisons. The first public Narconon opened its doors in 1971 and was located in Los Angeles As of today, the Narconon Drug Rehabilitation Program has spread all over the world. There are centers in Canada, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Italy, Spain, Denmark, Sweden, Switzerland, Australia, and across the United States.
A study done by the National Institute of Drug Abuse found that individuals who received help for heroin addiction or heavy cocaine addiction often began using again. The study found that the individual’s drug use was up to at least once a week within a year of receiving help. Sadly, these results are typical for many treatment methods.
The Narconon program is unlike any other program to help people recover from drug addiction. The independent Spanish research group, Tecnicos Asociados de Investigacion y Marketing, found that 70% of all Narconon graduates stayed off drugs. In addition to these findings, an American independent research group found that 86% of all Narconon clients remained drug free two years after they completed the program.
Graduates of the Narconon program do not have the desire to relapse and do not need to take medications to remain off drugs. They are brought back to life and instilled with confidence, control, and have the ability to reach their goals while staying drug-free.
Narconon drug rehab centers provide individuals with a way to conquer their addictions and find happiness in their lives once again.
A New Perspective Counseling Centers
1226 West Ash Street, Suite D,
Windsor, CO80550
(970) 686-8898

Services Offered: Substance abuse treatment

Residency: Outpatient

Payment Accepted: Self payment

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

Specializing in Adolescents, DUI/DWI offenders, Criminal justice clients

We offer: Substance Abuse Counseling (DUI Level I and Level II Therapy), Relapse Prevention, Offender Therapy, SSC or SSIC (Strategies for Self-Improvement and Change), Individual Counseling, Domestic Violence Treatment, Anger Management and Minors in Possession (MIP). Also check out our services page for more options.

A New Perspective Counseling Centers, P.C. is a state-licensed treatment provider with trained and certified employees. A New Perspective has locations in Loveland, Fort Collins and Windsor, CO.

The Program Director at A New Perspective Counseling Centers , Anne Gleditsch, has over 25 years experience in Substance Abuse Counseling, a Masters of Psychology (M.A.) with an emphasis in Marriage & Family Therapy - University of Northern Colorado, is a Licensed Professional Counselor (L.P.C.), a Certified Addictions Counselor III (C.A.C.III), a Sexual Abuse Specialist, and is a registered Domestic Violence provider.

A New Perspective Counseling also has a division of Alcohol & Drug Abuse approved services: Level I DUI Education, Level II DUI Education, Level II DUI Outpatient Therapy, Intensive Outpatient Therapy (IOP), Enhanced Outpatient Therapy (EOP);Treatment of Minors, Treatment of Women, Offender Education, Offender Treatment, Urinalysis (UA), Monitored Antabuse and Breathalyzer Blood Alcohol Testing (BAs, BACs).

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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