SUBSTANCE USE DISORDERS
Substance abuse is usually seen as an issue for teens and younger adults but not seniors, which causes serious abuse and addiction to be overlooked. An estimated 2.5 million Americans 65 and older have a substance abuse issue, as stated by the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence.
As many seniors are admitted to hospitals for substance abuse as are also admitted for heart attacks. Substance abuse at an old age can result from the same conditions and risk factors that produce late-life depression.
Issues like Social isolation, treatment of chronic pain, boredom, lack of purpose, sleep disorders, and other factors can result in misuse or dependence on alcohol, opiates, or even sedatives. Risks from substance abuse might include falls and other accidents, drug interactions, increased depression, and overdose.