Help for over 55s
Are you an older person affected by alcohol or drug use? Is an older friend or family member dependent on alcohol or drugs?
Addiction NI has years of expertise in working with older people affected by alcohol or drug use. Many people think that it is too late for an older person to change their drinking or drug use, including misuse of prescription medication. Addiction NI has found that this often not the case. Our Older Focus Service is tailored to meet the needs of older people and has been developed in consultation with older people. Some of the special features of this service are:
- Treatment sessions delivered in the older person’s home
- Counselling staff with specific knowledge of older people’s needs
- Involvement of the wider family in some cases
Our staff on this project also have knowledge of other services available to older people. We can signpost clients to opportunities to meet other people in their community. We also work with residential homes and sheltered housing schemes.
It’s not too late to think about addressing an alcohol or drug problem (including use of prescription medication). If you are aged 55 or over, or are concerned about an older friend or relative, contact us.
Some of our clients may be able to access a programme of complementary therapy to help with their addiction. Please ask your counsellor about this.