You’re Never Too Old to Change

Old woman

A person is never too old to change. Addiction can affect anyone of any age. Whether you’re 16 or 65, addiction can take hold. No matter what the drug, whether it be pills, cocaine or alcohol, they’re all used for the same reason; as a solution to a problem. While some people think addiction only affects young people, there is a population of seniors who struggle with alcohol and substance abuse. The trap is that they think they’re too old to change. The truth of the matter is that it’s never too late to seek treatment and get help.

One recent Narconon Suncoast student talks about seeking help at an older age:

“Never in my wildest dreams did I think that at age 69, I would be in a rehab facility. But that’s what happened! When I decided to retire from my busy job, I didn’t realize that I would be retiring from life. Being productive had always been a part of my daily routine. Looking forward to a ‘life of leisure’ was a pleasant thought; finding a good paying, part-time job (on my terms, of course) would be no problem. Was I wrong!
“My ‘life of leisure’ turned into an almost three year skid into a daily bottle of vodka! Vodka?? Never even tasted the stuff. As it turned out, I liked it … I liked it a lot. My children discovered that I had a problem and found Narconon Suncoast. It has saved my life.
“While I was wallowing in my self-pity and isolation, I didn’t care about anything or anybody. Sure, I was a mother, mother-in-law, and grandmother, but not showing up for birthdays or holidays had become the norm. My family had no expectations and I had no desire to fulfill any. The fellow behind the counter at the liquor store, and the countless people of a certain age buying alcohol, became my friends and my family. I was a disaster waiting for a bigger disaster to happen.
“By going through the three-month program at Narconon Suncoast, I discovered the reasons why I began to drink, what prevented me from staying sober, and how to confront and handle my problems.
“This is the important part so pay attention! Addiction knows no age limit. It has no prejudice. It has no problem striking when you least expect. Those of us with ‘life experience’ are not immune. In fact, addiction can be worse for us seniors because our insides (a.k.a. internal organs) are as old as we are. If they can regenerate, it takes longer. A lot longer. Time we may not have.
“Please, please, please … if you, or someone you know, is of an age where they think they can’t be helped, get them help immediately! Please get yourself or someone else the help they need. During the Holiday Season, many senior citizens become depressed and anxious. There is a life after 65 … a sober, wonderful life. Reach out … don’t be afraid.
It was the best decision I made. It can be the best decision for you or someone you love, too.”

Sober Granny—Narconon Suncoast Student


Jason Good

Jason has been working in the field of addiction and recovery for over 10 years. Having been an addict himself he brings real-word experience to the table when helping addicts and their families, while also offering a first-person perspective to the current drug crisis. Jason is passionate about educating the public about what’s currently going on in our society, and thankfully, offers practical solutions. Jason is also the co-host of The Addiction Podcast—Point of No Return. You can follow Jason on Google+, Twitter, or connect with him on LinkedIn.