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Substance Abuse Numbers Rise in Baby Boomers

Susbtance Abuse in Middle Aged Americans - Bergand Group

It’s encouraging to know that the life expectancy for people in the United States has risen despite the many health adversities, bad habits, and diets seen across the board in the country.  Within less than a century, the average lifespan for a man in American has risen over twenty years higher than what it was.  Despite this, there are always issues to contend with, and one of the most concerning at present is the age group between 45-54 where, strangely, the death toll is rising.  What is contributing to this new statistic and how can it be lessened?

Who Is Most at Risk?

“Between 1999 and 2013, more white Americans in this statistical category died from such causes as suicide; prescription drug and heroin overdoses; and alcohol abuse and liver disease.”  The culprits aren’t surprising, but it’s disheartening to hear that a longer possibility for living is combated with high use of opioids and other incidences of substance abuse.  The category isn’t as broad as white Americans between these ages; it also suggests that those who “have no more than a high school education” are the ones who are more likely to fall into this deadly grouping, which “suggests strongly that the trend is related to economic circumstances.”

As time passes, the educational requirements in order to achieve a job shift, which can spell difficulty for those who are unable to foot the enormous bill of a college degree.  While a GED was, within the century, enough to obtain work to provide for oneself and one’s family, it’s changed so that the means of financial security are becoming too high for many to reach.  The strain of money encourages mental and psychological problems and, as a result, this income inequality has become largely responsible for the blossoming issue of substance abuse within these citizens aged 45-54.

Though the increased potential for living is an encouraging fact, there is also a bigger gap between the rich and the poor with a dwindling middle class.  Those who can navigate the tricky waters of modern money problems may live to be in their 80s and 90s, but those who fall short suffer immensely, relying on substance abuse for little boosts like self esteem or an escape form a harsh reality.  It only works to an extent, as the fatalities suggest, because these same people are the victims of overdose, disease, and suicide, not to mention all of the experiences that might lead up to those tragic results.

There are a number of actions that need to be taken (or at least begun) on a governmental level.  For example, “greater investment in affordable post-secondary education and job training but in government policies that can help families survive this gap,” which should include “progressive taxation, government-supported health care and other social safety net programs and a higher minimum wage.”  There are other countries that have utilized such strategies to positive results, suggesting that the U.S. is, once again, behind much of the world in implementing things that are important.  Additionally, it’s a shockingly large statistic of these middle-aged people who either aren’t aware of their access to mental health care or know that their insurance doesn’t permit for it within the policy.  It’s another issue of money which prevents these workers from recovering from the effects of their issues with money… and the circle goes ’round and ’round.

With the election on everyone’s minds and lips, it’s more important than ever for those in power to think of those without.  The economy in America doesn’t seem to be improving any time soon and the only way that jobs are going to become available is if they are opened up and created by those who are able.  More crucially, those who need mental health services or those who have turned to substance abuse, particularly within this “at-risk” age group, need to be reached out to.  “The transition to a 21st economy is literally killing some people, and the United States can ill afford to ignore this disturbing development.”

For more information on why modern substance abuse levels are rising, get in touch with The Bergand Group. The Bergand Group is Maryland’s leading addiction recovery center, and offers support for those struggling with addiction and mental health issues.

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