Older Adult Addiction Treatment Program Launched by Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation in Florida Now Available in California

RANCHO MIRAGE, CALIF. (Sept. 28, 2016) - As more and more people hit retirement age and prescriptions for pain pills proliferate, addiction is increasing in older adults. This is why the national nonprofit Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation launched the Recovery@50Plus program to treat older adults at its facility in Naples, Florida and is now offering it at its Betty Ford Center in Rancho Mirage, California.

"For a host of reasons, we are seeing substance use disorder among older adults occurring at an alarming rate," said Dr. Harry Haroutunian, physician director of professional and residential programs at the Betty Ford Center and author of Not As Prescribed. "Addiction in older adults may be unleashed by the innocent consumption of prescription medication or the gradual increase of alcohol or marijuana intake. Whatever the reason, there is hope for individuals and families struggling with these addiction issues. We know that treatment works regardless of age, and it's never too late to get help."

Dr. Haroutunian, known as "Dr. Harry" to his patients, pointed out the program includes specially designed focus groups on nutrition, wellness and fitness and a well-structured aftercare plan to ensure long-term recovery. Men and women over age 50 have unique physiological, emotional, spiritual and mental health needs that require a distinctive approach to addiction treatment. The Recovery@50Plus program offers evidence-based treatment tailored to meet the unique needs and active lifestyles of this population.

"With a holistic and personalized approach, our expert clinicians evaluate and take into consideration physical and mental health, stage of life, family relationships, substance use, age, gender, and many other variables," said Dr. Haroutunian. "Understanding these differences is important in developing a comprehensive plan to help each individual get well and stay well."

Learn more about Recovery@50Plus by viewing the video, Clare's Story, on how this program in Naples helped to change one woman's life.

About the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation
The Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation is a force of healing and hope for individuals, families and communities affected by addiction to alcohol and other drugs. It is the nation's largest nonprofit treatment provider, with a legacy that began in 1949 and includes the 1982 founding of the Betty Ford Center. With 16 sites in California, Minnesota, Oregon, Illinois, New York, Florida, Massachusetts, Colorado and Texas, the Foundation offers prevention and recovery solutions nationwide and across the entire continuum of care to help youth and adults reclaim their lives from the disease of addiction. It includes the largest recovery publishing house in the country, a fully accredited graduate school of addiction studies, an addiction research center, an education arm for medical professionals and a unique children's program, and is the nation's leader in advocacy and policy for treatment and recovery. Learn more at HazeldenBettyFord.org and on Twitter@hazldnbettyford.

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