Dr Caryl Beynon, from the Centre of Public Health at Liverpool John Moores University, has highlighted the fact that most modern studies tend to focus on the younger generation and how to treat their addictions and not enough services are provided for older drug users.
Beynon and her team of researchers studied a group of 49 – 61 year olds who had sought help from drug treatment services. The results showed that ill health brought about by drug usage was common among participants.
The researchers found that mental health problems such as circulatory problems, respiratory problems, diabetes, hepatitis, weight loss and malnutrition were common among the group studied.
Brenda Roe, professor of health research at Edge Hill University has said that more research is needed in order to begin developing services for older drug addicts. She also believes that older drug users could begin to play a key role in educating younger people on the dangers of drug use.
If you or someone you know is finding it difficult to cope with substance abuse it is important you visit you GP who will be able to provide you with the appropriate advice and support. Many of those trying to conquer a drug addiction also explore alternative methods which can be used safely alongside conventional medicine, one example of which is hypnotherapy.
Often the most difficult stage of recovery is actually managing to stay off the drugs after the initial treatment. Hypnotherapy is a very good way of reinforcing positive changes and helping you to resist the temptation of falling back into old habits. If you would like to find out more about hypnotherapy for drug abuse please click here and to contact a hypnotherapist in your local area please use the search tool located on the homepage of this site.