At some point in our lives, we have met a “party animal,” that person who takes the term “having fun” to a whole new level of extreme. From rampant flirting to crazed, drunken or drug-induced stupors, these people have a difficult time saying no and have fun living life on the edge (sometimes to the point of putting their well-being at risk). If you are a child who was born in the 1980s or 1990s, the chances are high that you heard these stories from your parents (the baby boomers). Perhaps you yourself are a baby boomer and took part in the wild culture of the 1960s and 1970s. According to recent statistics, though, it seems that some baby boomers are still playing the role of “party animals,” and this is not working in their favor. Let’s take a closer look and investigate drug use among baby boomers.

Drug Use Will Increase

Based on these reports, drug use will not only be a steady practice in the coming years but will also continue to increase, particularly among the generation of baby boomers. Researchers have developed two speculations as to why this will take place:

  • Baby boomers have a reduced stigma about drug and alcohol use altogether.
  • Current “older adults” tend to abuse alcohol and prescription drugs more frequently if they are currently abusing other substances.

According to the National Survey of Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), baby boomers ages 50 to 59 have started using more illegal substances. These drugs include cocaine, heroin, prescription drugs, hallucinogens, and more.

A Matter of Behavioral Problems

INVESTIGATING DRUG USE AMONG BABY BOOMERSUltimately, researchers have speculated that the rise of drug use may also be attributed to the variety of mental and behavioral problems stemming from the baby boomer generation. Back in 2005, researchers confirmed that disorders like dementia, anxiety, and depression occur the most frequently in these older adults, which can lead to psychological issues like addiction and abuse.

Seeking Treatment for Drug Abuse or Addiction

Drug abuse and addiction are serious mental illnesses that can wreak havoc on your body and social life. Although healing might seem like it’s out of your grasp, you can always find a way to regain control of your life. Freedom and healing are at your fingertips. The time to succeed is now.

Are you suffering from drug abuse, alcohol abuse, or addiction or have a family member or friend who is suffering from the same problem? In both cases, get in touch with Asana Recovery today. Our professional team of counselors and healthcare experts will help you endure the pain of withdrawal and detox and help you complete a successful and fulfilling rehabilitation. While the road to recovery might not be an easy path, we promise to help you every step of the way.

Take the first step to stay fit, healthy, and safe. If you want to find out more about our residential treatment or supervised detoxification/withdrawal programs or enroll in one of these programs today, we are ready and waiting to speak with you at your leisure and your disclosure. Call Asana now at (949) 438-4504 to learn how you can overcome your drug problems today.