Older adult addiction is a changing dynamic in this country. With the
graying of the Boomers and a shift of alcohol and chemical abuse to
include illicit drugs and polypharmacy, aging and addiction is now
intergenerational. There are striking differences in how traditional
older adults (those aged 65+) and Boomers experience addiction and
A few years ago a treatment magazine highlighted an expose on the
intervention industry. One of the quotes in the article stood out: “It
seems everyone wants to be an interventionist.” Although my colleagues
and I found the quote humorous—the point was well taken.
The approach with most modern systems of addiction recovery encompasses a holistic approach: treating the “whole” person with a deep and varied tool box, with the understanding that each patient will respond to very different methods of help and support. Most recovery centers these days have made strides to incorporate some type of amenities menu for their patients that include on-call massage therapy.
In the two past decade I have studied male initiation rites. In fact I attended a remarkable male initiation performed by Father Richard Rohr in Julian, California.
Addiction involves a complex array of factors: genetic, biological, social, environmental, and intrapsychic which all have a role to play.