There’s Always Time to Make a Change
Developing an addiction is possible at any point in life. While there are genetic, social and environmental factors at play in any given situation, there is no one who is completely immune to addiction, and there is no circumstance where a person is either too young or too old to develop unhealthy relationships with drugs or alcohol. There is also no circumstance where a person can’t make a change for the better.
Because there are no “time limits” on addiction, it is important that each individual regularly evaluate their coping mechanisms, relationship and expectations surrounding the use of drugs or alcohol in order to identify and address the risk for developing a dependency as early as possible. However, just as there is no scenario where a person is immune to developing an addiction, there also is no such thing as a person who is “too addicted,” or “too old” to make a change in their lives and pursue a sober future.
Addiction Can Develop at Any Time
Younger people may be more susceptible to the damages of drugs and alcohol due to their still-developing brain, but prolonged use of drugs and alcohol can cause significant damage in anyone, regardless of age. While younger individuals may suffer from an unhealthy environment that causes them to look to drugs or alcohol for escape, there can be just as many dangerous situations for people of any age.
For some, reaching a financially stable position and working for a long time may provide the resources necessary to develop an unhealthy relationship with drugs or alcohol as after-work bar culture and disposable income allow a person to fuel this practice. Parents who have raised children who have since moved out may turn to alcohol or other substances to fill the emptiness left in their homes. Traumatic events can strike at any time, whether it be a natural disaster, car crash, loss of a loved one or a myriad of other things. Just as these traumas can occur at any age, so too can one develop an unhealthy coping mechanism to deal with them.
Age Doesn’t Matter when Making a Change
It is always possible to recover regardless of how early or late in life a person begins to engage with drugs or alcohol in an unhealthy way. There is no such thing as being “too old” to make a change.
Recovery is a personal journey that doesn’t need to be measured on another’s metric. One’s experiences and age are only important to them and their personal recovery path. Age, however, is something that may inform which facility may offer a better fit for each individual and can help a person determine which recovery communities may be right for them. Finding an appropriate recovery community where a person can share their own story and experiences and feel understood is an important part of the recovery process, and an individual may want to consider their age when considering potential recovery facilities and communities.
Recovery Isn’t About the Past
While one’s past will certainly influence the direction they want to take their new, sober life, recovery as a whole isn’t only about looking at one’s past or mistakes. Rather, it is about setting an appropriate plan and lifestyle for the future in a way that is healthy and sober while using one’s personal experience to create an informed, transformed approach to their own hobbies and daily practices.
Regardless of one’s age, there is always a future to look forward to that is still unwritten, undefined and can be altered to create something new. While developments in social media can make it easy to compare one’s experiences in life with others, recovery is still an individual journey that is only concerned with the changes that each person wants to make for themselves. One’s age is always reflective of their own personal experience, and addiction is something that may need to be addressed at any time, regardless of one’s age, professional position, relationship status or any number of other factors.
It is never too late to acknowledge a need for change in one’s life or to reevaluate one’s relationship with drugs or alcohol, and there is always time to make a change for each individual to look towards their future and how they want to live in their lives going forward.
Reaching out and making a change in your life can be an intimidating thing, but it is never too late to pursue the changes you want to make in your life. If you or a loved one are struggling with addiction to drugs or alcohol or suffering from co-occurring mental health disorders, Brighton Recovery Center can help you take the first step towards transforming your future. With an array of programs available, from sober living and detox to intensive outpatient, as well as an extensive campus, your time with us is unique and catered to your needs and goals in recovery. Your program can be personalized to fit your interests. Peers and professionals can work with you to help you discover your own best practices and the transformative approaches that help you. For more information on the various ways we can personalize your time with us, or to talk to a caring, trained staff member about your unique situation, call us today at (844) 479-7035.
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