One of the possible consequences of substance abuse is loss of valued relationships. Baby Boomers who enter drug and alcohol rehab centers often recognize this possibility as they make the decision to stop the merry-go-round and renew their lives, their health and their purpose.
Influences of Boomer substance abuse often began in youth.
Boomers have all been affected directly or indirectly by the cultural and world upheavals experienced during the “Psychedelic Age” or “Age of Sex, Drugs and Rock ’n’ Roll.”
Many Boomers spent a large portion of their lives believing in prolonged youth, experimenting with attaining good feelings and making a difference. Some Boomers rebelled against authority. Music, art, the war in Vietnam, and human and civil rights movements all left a mark on the Boomer generation which includes those individuals born between 1946 and 1964.
More than 50 percent of Boomers have tried illicit drugs. Many became addicted to hallucinogens, alcohol or opiates. Some are still addicted to marijuana. In the ’80s, cocaine hit the Boomer generation hard as an addictive but “sophisticated” party drug.
Substance abuse among Boomers today:
The Process of Recovery
In any form, addiction is devastating but not hopeless. The individual, as well as that person’s family, should be treated in rehab. Treatment is not a quick fix but a process in which the patient is involved. Most Boomers are interested in the neurobiological aspects of this disease, so education should be integrated into rehab.
Co-educational residential rehab encourages peer support. Here are some further components of Boomer-specific rehab:
The recovery care plan may include continuing care and identifying triggers that aid in relapse prevention. 12-Step practice and support are life-changing as real recovery in sobriety begins.