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Can a person be too old to have an addiction?

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Dr. Jeff Blixt
Addiction Medicine
6 doctors agree

In brief: No

People can develop an addiction at any age.
While the overall risk decreases with age it can happen. Example, some people may develop alcohol problems once they retire or a major life stressor, or a "pill" addiction after an injury. These problems may be self limiting or may require help.

In brief: No

People can develop an addiction at any age.
While the overall risk decreases with age it can happen. Example, some people may develop alcohol problems once they retire or a major life stressor, or a "pill" addiction after an injury. These problems may be self limiting or may require help.
Dr. Jeff Blixt
Dr. Jeff Blixt
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Dr. Timothy Re
Clinical Psychology
2 doctors agree

In brief: Not usually

Addiction in geriatric population is a serious and often overlooked problem .
There may be factors that complicate or lead one to weigh in many other factors. If you have concerns bring to your doctors attention.

In brief: Not usually

Addiction in geriatric population is a serious and often overlooked problem .
There may be factors that complicate or lead one to weigh in many other factors. If you have concerns bring to your doctors attention.
Dr. Timothy Re
Dr. Timothy Re
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