Older People with SUD

Changing living conditions
Ageing is a phase of reorientation that can be associated with the loss of familiar structures and independence. This can lead to stresses and problems and to a kind of self-treatment or self-medication with alcohol, sedatives or other substances. Older people who are affected primarily show combined alcohol and medicament problems. The loss of one’s job, retirement, consequent withdrawal, an inner emptiness, financial problems, the loss of relatives, loneliness, increased physical health problems and psychological secondary conditions (depression, anxiety, suicidal thoughts, eating disorders etc.) may be factors in an SUD .

Therapy /re­ha­bi­li­ta­ti­on
Occupational and working therapy, clinical-health psychological and psychotherapeutic
therapy/rehabilitation, general medical and psychiatric care, special leisure options, special theme groups and mentoring by social workers are the main cornerstones. In addition, if desired mentoring in the substitution programme can be offered. An individual care and therapy plan is drawn up according to the existing physical and psychological situation.

Long-term care
There are cases in which reintegration into society, return to one’s own home or admission to existing care options in the health service cannot be considered. In such cases the association offers the possibility of inpatient long-term care with and without relocated form of residence. The farthest-reaching guarantee of independence and self-determination represents a chance for older people with SUDs to experience old age in dignity.