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Center for Older Adult Recovery

In 1998, Hanley Center became a pioneer and renowned leader in age-specific addiction treatment when it opened the Center for Older Adult Recovery.  This distinguished Hanley as one of a kind among alcohol addiction treatment centers in Florida and nationally.  The Center for Older Adult Recovery offers senior addiction programs specifically for men and women ages 65 and older.  

The Center for Older Adult Recovery promotes a transition from substance use disorder to enhanced physical, emotional and spiritual health.  While two-thirds of older patients experience early-onset addiction, one-third of older adult addicts suffer from late-onset addiction. Major life changes, such as the loss of a loved one, can send a bereaved person spiraling into maladaptive behaviors and substance use disorder.

Misconceptions about older adult addiction are prevalent. The reality is that the difference between active addiction and treatment can be loss of life. Each patient’s evolving plan of care integrates medical, wellness, spiritual, psychological and possibly psychiatric therapies provided by a highly credentialed, multidisciplinary team.

Detoxification, sobriety and stability are the first steps in addiction recovery.  During treatment, patients begin to regain health, enhance cognition and mobility, and rebuild relational skills. Participation in 12-Step practice opens up a whole new way to socialize as well as give and receive support.

Elements of Older Adult Recovery:
Age-specific treatment for addiction addresses the shared values and experiences of a generation. Each member of our Older Adult unit’s team of professionals provides generation-sensitive and compassionate care.

  • Medically supervised, safe and comfortable detoxification follows admission
  • Thorough clinical, physical, spiritual, wellness and psychological assessments are performed, as well as a medical and personal history of every patient.
  • Older adult recovery is a slower process, because of the natural aging process and concurrent medical, mental and emotional conditions. A preeminent addictionologist heads our on-site medical team of doctors, nurses and psychiatrists.
  • Chronic pain management is individually and successfully treated in individual care plans.
  • Peer group therapy is effective in approaching underlying issues, fostering support and offering inspiration.
  • Wellness may include gentle exercise and nutrition education.

Just as individuals suffer from substance abuse, so do their families. Family members may suffer physical and emotional symptoms that are similar to those of the addict, and they can benefit from the education and support offered in Hanley’s no-cost five-day Family Program.

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