When Retirement Leads to AddictionWhy would drug or alcohol addiction suddenly manifest during the retirement years, though? The reasons vary. Some of the most common ones are listed here:
- Sometimes, an individual may feel as though he or she “played by the rules” for many years and has finally earned the right to “be wild” in their retirement.
- Another common reason for retirement-age addiction is the loss of structure. Following a carefully-regimented professional life, retirement can bring about a sense of aimlessness.
- Loss may also be a factor. Simply put, the retirement age is often when friends and colleagues begin to experience major health problems, and in some cases to die. Seeing old friends and loved ones pass away can be a catalyst for depression, stress, and addiction.
- Additionally, health problems—surgeries and other procedures—can sometimes result in pain problems; pain management issues all too often morph into painkiller addiction.
- Finally, many individuals reach retirement and simply feel like they don’t have a purpose any more. Without a point to their lives, they fall into experiments with drugs and alcohol—and that quickly transforms into addiction.