Those who struggle with addiction after age 60 can now find specially tailored help in the Hub City.
Pine Grove Behavioral Health and Addiction Services opened its new Legacy service last month, an addiction treatment program designed specifically for those struggling with alcohol, prescription medication and illicit drug dependency.
The newly-renovated wing of Pine Grove will treat older adults for 60 days, or longer, if needed. The facility offers eight beds for detox and 16 beds for residential care.
Debbie Sanford, chief officer of behavioral health services at Pine Grove, said the idea came from an increasing number of older patients.
"We just saw a need for having an age-specific program for older adults," Sanford said.
She said as the population ages, addiction treatment specialists now see more patients with prolonged substance use and that's one of the key differences in the Legacy program.
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Pine Grove Behavioral Health and Addiction Services is an extension of Forrest General Hospital, located in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. Pine Grove’s world renowned programs focus on treating gender specific chemical addiction including a specialized track for co-occurring eating disorders. Additionally, Pine Grove offers a focused substance abuse healing program for adults age 55 and over. Other Pine Grove specialty programs include a dedicated professional’s treatment curriculum and a comprehensive evaluation center. Pine Grove also features a program for patients with sexual and intimacy disorder issues. Pine Grove was established in 1984 and has provided nationally and internationally recognized health care for over 30 years.
Visit www.pinegrovetreatment.com or call 1-888-574-HOPE (4673) for more information.