As people age, their bodies become less capable of tolerating addictive substances and more susceptible to negative effects. For example, levels of drinking tolerated in early adulthood may lead to addiction among older adults. Older adults are also more likely to use addictive prescription medications such as pain killers and anti-anxiety drugs, which may pose additional risks or compound the risks of alcohol or other drug use. Different life stages and circumstances present increased vulnerabilities for addiction and substance use. Doctors, other health care providers, employers, clergy and family members should be aware of the signs of addiction, medication misuse, and substance abuse throughout the human lifespan.
Adult Addiction - Warning Signs | Center on Addiction
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