Elderly Alcoholism Intervention Las Cruces NM

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.

Nava Counseling Services
715 East Idaho Street, Suite 4-B,
Las Cruces, NM88001
(575) 524-2505
www.navacounseling.com

Intake Phone Numbers:
(505) 524-2505

Services Offered: Substance abuse treatment

Residency: Outpatient

Payment Accepted: Self payment, Private health insurance

Languages: Spanish

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

It is Nava’s Mission to offer a comfortable and safe environment, where the recovery process can be facilitated by providing non-judgmental, respectful, and supportive interaction through teamwork. We aim to give guidance in order to allow a person to strengthen and maintain a life free from drugs and alcohol. Our mental health therapy will promote wellness and a healing process. We are further dedicated in initiating and supporting projects that provide community awareness, research, and treatment on behavioral healthcare.
Description:

At Nava our philosophy focuses on preventing and treating addiction in a fashion that will provide long-term abstinence and decrease recidivism amongst addicts and alcoholics. We assist all of our clients in developing a workable and reasonable treatment plan, which will help each client to re-direct their path of life and secure abstinence from drugs and alcohol. We strongly believe that the clients enrolled in our treatment program have the ability to let go of past behaviors that have placed them in our hands, and they will be able to succeed by discovering themselves while under the guidance and care of our team.

We will provide every client with opportunity to achieve healthy stability and to learn all the necessary tools to reach their treatment goals. We help overcome the hopelessness of continuous disappointment that relapse brings and a recovery that will last a lifetime. We are determined and motivated to give back freedom, life, respect, and avenues for change that strengthen and enhance our newly found life of abstinence.
History:

Nava Counseling Services, LLC, in Las Cruces, New Mexico, was founded by Mr. Lee King on December 1, 1999 and in May of 2007, we became a limited liability company. Our first office opened in Hatch, New Mexico to serve the rural areas of our county and since then we have opened additional offices in the following counties: Luna, Dona Ana, Otero, and Sierra. We continue striving to expand access to recovery services and providing evidence based treatment to provide high quality services to treat substance abuse and mental health disorders in an outpatient office environment. Our multidisciplinary team is skilled in a range of therapeutic treatments. The clinicians at Nava are licensed by the State of New Mexico at the highest level of proficiency in their respective fields.

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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