Older adults and their family members face a unique set of obstacles in dealing with addiction. For some the aging process coupled with the loss of structure can intensify feelings of anxiety, loneliness and uncertainty. Frequently the natural signs of aging mimic signs of addiction, obscuring and compounding the problem.
MCCA has a dedicated program and support services for treating older adults dealing with addiction and mental health (co-occurring) disorders.
A vast network of interrelated programs
- Intervention Services
- Intensive short-term residential treatment at McDonough House
- Support and education for family members (How to Cope Program)
Our treatment programs provide substance abuse services to older adults 55 and older. While at McDonough House, clients work with a clinician who is trained in working with older adults, and attend age specific groups
Families and older adults who are dealing with this issue are not alone. Alcoholism and prescription drug abuse have been steadily rising among this population.
Clients must meet the following criteria in order to be eligible for treatment:
- Physically able to take care of themselves
- Medically and cognitively stable
- Willingness to meet program requirements
If you have a parent and are concerned about their use of alcohol or drugs, feel free to contact our Director of Outreach to discuss your options. He will conduct an assessment and if appropriate, clients are referred for treatment. In-home evaluations and referrals are performed at no cost.
Recovery for older adults is the highest of any group that we track at MCCA.
Substance abuse treatment for older adults can significantly improve quality-of-life for the addicted individual and their family and friends. Improvements in other chronic conditions, such as high blood pressure, asthma, and diabetes are added benefits of recovery.
Our outreach services include
- Public information
- Visits to homes, hospitals, senior centers, nursing homes and senior housing complexes
For more information call our Director of Outreach at 203-733-4477.
Services for older adults are available in Danbury, Ridgefield and Waterbury. Click here, for contact information and directions.