Hanley Center Offers New Treatment Program for the Unique Needs of Baby Boomer Addicts

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Hanley Center - the leading substance abuse treatment facility and a pioneer in older adult recovery - developed the program Life Stages Track For Boomers as a way to address this older population that is often overlooked.

They also are more likely to return to drugs and alcohol as they mature.

When one thinks of binge drinking, images of partying college students come to mind.

A sad reality is that more and more grandparents and retirees are overindulging in alcohol.

Hanley Center - the leading substance abuse treatment facility and a pioneer in older adult recovery - developed the program Life Stages Track For Boomers as a way to address this older population that is often overlooked.

In fact, Duke University Medical Center found a remarkable amount of binge drinking among older Americans in a recent study.

The National Survey on Drug Use and health discovered that 22 percent of men and 9 percent of women aged 50 to 64 reported binge drinking - five or more drinks at a time - within the last month.

The same age group reported "at risk" drinking - two or more drinks per day - among 19 percent of men and 13 percent of women.

"Baby Boomer patients, unlike their parents' generation, are more likely to have experimented with drugs in their youth," said Juan Harris, program director of Hanley's Center for Older Adult Recovery. "They also are more likely to return to drugs and alcohol as they mature."

Baby Boomers hate getting old, expect quick fixes to their problems, have a high divorce rate, expect to work longer, and often face the stress of taking care of older parents and children.

Even within Baby Boomers there are two groups. Some - the Leading Edge of Boomers - came of age during Woodstock and the Vietnam War. Others - the Trailing Edge - came of age as the Berlin Wall was coming down and the internet was taking off.

Hanley deals with the unique characteristics of the Boomer generation with a program track that meets their specific needs yet remains based on Hanley's 12-Step, holistic and medically-based treatment model.

For more information about the growing problem of Baby Boomer addiction, the research that is taking place, and the approach Hanley Center is taking to help them cope, please visit http://www.HanleyCenter.org or call 1-866-4-HANLEY.

About Hanley Center
Established in 1986, Hanley Center is one of the first treatment facilities in the country to develop a program designed to address the specific recovery care needs of the older adult. Internationally recognized, Hanley Center offers a wide range of Education, Prevention and Treatment services for those struggling with chemical dependency. Hanley Center is also well known for its Center for Men's Recovery and the Center for Women's Recovery that offers gender specific treatment designed to meet the unique needs of men and women built upon the proven 12 Step philosophy. Hanley Center is located at 933 45th Street in West Palm Beach. For more information about Hanley Center, please call (561) 841-1000 or toll free (800) 444-7008.

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