Alcohol Abuse Increasingly Prevalent Among Older Americans, Says Chapters Capistrano

New studies reveal that more and more seniors and Boomers are struggling with alcohol addiction; Chapters Capistrano comments.

One of the sad realities of alcoholism is that it is an equal-opportunity disease, affecting individuals of all races, ethnic backgrounds, economic standings, genders, sexual orientations—and even ages. A recent report from The New York Times  drives this point home, noting that more and more older Americans are struggling with alcohol addiction. Chapters Capistrano has released a new statement to the press, commenting on this disheartening report but also offering hope for healing and recovery.

According to the Times report, an estimated 2.8 million older Americans meet the definition of alcohol abuse—and that number is projected to grow to 5.7 million by the year 2020. In the year 2008 alone, 231,200 people over the age of 50 sought out treatment for substance abuse; in 1992, the number was just 102,700.

“While alcohol is typically the substance of choice, a 2013 report found that the rate of illicit drug use among adults 50 to 64 increased from 2.7 percent in 2002 to 6.0 percent in 2013,” notes the Times article.

“What these findings don’t tell us is how many older Americans struggle with alcoholism or substance abuse and never seek treatment for it,” comments Mike Shea, the founder of Chapters Capistrano. “Many do not realize they have a problem, or are simply unwilling to admit it to themselves or to their families.”

The Times article notes that this problem with substance abuse can often stem from retirement. Shea agrees, remarking: “Retirement can lead to aimlessness, to a loss of structure, to depression, or simply to too much free time—and all of these can be factors in burgeoning alcohol addiction.”

The article in The New York Times adds that “events that arise in later life often require coping skills older adults may not possess. Some retirees are lonely and depressed, and turn to alcohol or drugs to quell their anxieties. Others may drink to deal with late-life losses of spouses, friends, careers and purpose.”

Says Shea, “Whatever the reason, alcoholism in older adults is a serious problem. Often, older adults have less contact with family and friends, and as such it can be difficult for anyone to perceive changes in their behavior. Nevertheless, for those who worry about their older family members struggling with drinking or with substance abuse, it is imperative to talk to them about recovery—and to investigate the options for hope and healing that we offer at Chapters Capistrano.”

To learn more about the substance abuse treatment options available at Chapters Capistrano, visit the center’s website or call at (888) 375-2564.


Chapters Capistrano is a comprehensive addiction recovery treatment center located along the beautiful, refreshing coast of Southern California. Specializing in all types of substance abuse, Chapters offers flexible treatment programs that are designed to offer greater confidence in addiction recovery. With a thorough approach to detox, counseling and mental health, this center has delivered many success stories. In addition to offering alternative approaches to conventional recovery, Chapters is also recognized for providing guest comfort with exceptional accommodations, private rooms and cell and laptop allowance. Those searching to begin a new “Chapter” in addiction recovery are encouraged to contact Chapters Capistrano today at (888) 375-2564.

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