Older Adult Chronic Alcoholism Effects and Recovery

Senior Adult Problem Drinking Recovery

Arrowhead-Lodge-Recovery-Mens-Alcoholism-RehabAt Arrowhead Lodge Recovery, we work extensively with older men recovering from alcoholism and addiction. We have helped clients age 65+ recover from chronic alcoholism. As a residential-only gender specific addiction treatment center, our average client is 45+ years old.

Arrowhead lodge Recovery Residential-Only Rehab for Mature and Older Men | Our Average Client Age is 45 – 65

Good News – Alcoholism Recovery Possible at Any Age

The good news: There is no age limit regarding recovery from alcoholism and addiction.

Anyone at any age can recover with proper addiction treatment, rehab and recovery support – and the strong intent to achieve sobriety.

Alcohol Problems Affect Increasing Numbers of Adults 55+

Arrowhead Lodge Recovery - Chronic Alcoholism Recovery Older MenBecause of our large and aging baby boomer population, researchers anticipate in­creasing incidence of late­ life problem drinking. Older adults (including baby boomers) experiencing multiple chronic health conditions and depression are nearly five times as likely to be problem drinkers as older adults with the same conditions and no depression.

The NIH (National Institute of Health), in a report on co-occuring disorders in older adults, reveals that a national 2008 survey found that about 40 percent of adults ages 65 and older drink alcohol.

Does alcohol consumption have different physical and intoxication effects in those over age 55?


Because of age-related physical changes, the same amount of alcohol that previously had little effect in men in their 20’s – can cause intoxication in those age 50+. For a given dose of alcohol, the concentration of alcohol in the blood system is greater in an older person than in a younger person.

Older adults usually experience the effects of alcohol more quickly than when they were younger.  This puts older adults at higher risks for falls, car crashes, and other unintentional injuries that may result from drinking.

Older Adults Often Reluctant to Seek Alcohol Recovery Treatment

Arrowhead Lodge Recovery - Chronic Alcoholism Rehab Older MenFindings in a Late Life Drinking Behavior study suggest that older adults are reluctant to identify themselves as having drink­ing problems. And therefore delay treatment until their health problems and stressful life contexts require it.

This highlights the importance of identifying and treat­ing senior adult problem drinking early.

Recommendations for Medical Care Providers

It has been recommended that as a part of complete medical treatment for older adults, physicians ask more questions during patient appointments.

During routine consultations with patients, medical professionals ideally would include inquiries and information on functional alcoholism, alcoholism indicators and treatment, binge drinking and co-occurring indicators of prescription opioid dependence.

Older adults can experience a variety of problems from drinking alcohol, especially those who:

• Take certain medications
• Have health problems
• Drink heavily

Chronic Alcoholism Health and Cognitive Impacts

Arrowhead Lodge Recovery - Chronic Alcoholism Rehab Senior MenOne study concluded that sleep disturbances, especially insomnia, may be a potential factor in the development of late-life alcohol problems or in precipitating relapse (Oslin and Liberto, 1995).

Chronic alcoholism can cause serious, irreversible changes in brain function. This is more likely to be seen in older adults who have a long history of alcoholism. Many brain changes from alcohol abuse are reversible. Even if some brain function has been damaged, improvement is still possible with sobriety.

Co-occurring Disorders

Although alcohol can negatively affect a person of any age, the interaction of age-related physiological changes and the consumption of alcohol can trigger or make worse serious health problems among older adults, including:

  • Increased risk of hypertension, cardiac arrhythmia, myocardial infarction, and cardiomyopathy
  • Increased risk of hemorrhagic stroke
  • Impaired immune system and capability to combat infection and cancer
  • Cirrhosis and other liver diseases
  • Decreased bone density
  • Gastrointestinal bleeding
  • Depression, anxiety, and other mental health problems
  • Malnutrition
  • Cognitive Impairments

How to Get Help for Problem Drinking and Alcoholism

Arrowhead Lodge Recovery, Boomer Men's Rehab, Prescott AZArrowhead Lodge Recovery is a gender specific residential-only  rehab for men, ages 30 and older; located in the beautiful, pristine mountains above Prescott, Arizona. We provide addiction and depression treatment for men who suffer from alcoholism; as well as treating co-occurring disorders.

Our average client is age 45-65+.

We use a multi-disciplinary addiction treatment approach implemented by licensed professionals. The Arrowhead Lodge Recovery Staff includes a Physician-Addictionologist, Addiction Psychiatrist, Physician Board Certified in Pain Medicine, Doctor of Clinical Psychology, Registered Nurse, several Licensed Therapists, and an addiction Nutritionist.

Mindfulness training, healthy exercise, nutritional counseling and educationcognitive behavioral therapy and psychoeducation are a part of our treatment program. We have chosen to keep our facility small and staff to client ratio large. Each client receives individual therapy and counseling; as well as group therapy and counseling.

Chronic Alcoholism Treatment Program

Arrowhead-Lodge-Recovery,Men's Rehab Group Therapy, Prescott AZThe experienced, licensed and accredited Arrowhead Lodge Recovery staff allows us to help men with chronic alcoholism for whom previous treatment attempts may have failed.

We assist our clients in finding their personal connection to the spiritual. Through years of experience, we believe in the power of spirituality in the addiction healing process. We assist our clients in discovering their unique path to living a more authentic and joyful life. See our article on Mindfulness Meditation – The 10th Step.

Impaired Professionals Well-Being Program

We have an Impaired Professionals well-being program. If you are monitored by a board that oversees your professional license and requires an assessment, addiction treatment, or both – our Impaired Professionals Well-Being Program provides solutions.

Alcoholism Recovery Journey to Wholeness and Healing

Arrowhead Lodge Recovery, Mens Rehab, Thumb Butte Trail

At our mountain retreat facility above Prescott, Arizona in Prescott National Forest – men find and strengthen inner peace, and experience tranquility.

We equip our clients with the depth and stability to handle all the curves and disappointments – as well as joys – in their regular daily lives once they leave Arrowhead Lodge Recovery.

Start your journey to alcohol recovery by contacting Arrowhead Lodge Recovery.

Your confidentiality is assured when you contact us.

Speak personally and privately with Executive Director Dr. Kenneth Chance at (888) 654-2800.

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