Baby Boomer Drug Abuse Res­onates With Lis­ten­ers : NPR

[In late August] we talked about a dis­turb­ing report by the U.S. Sub­stance Abuse and Men­tal Health Ser­vices Admin­is­tra­tion. […]

Now, at the close of that con­ver­sa­tion, we asked our lis­ten­ers to tell us more about how these find­ings might be play­ing out in their own lives, and folks reached out to us with very reveal­ing and emo­tion­al sto­ries […]:

“I am 38 years old. My dad is 58 years old, and he has been a func­tion­ing alcoholic/drug addict my entire life, and lis­ten­ing to your seg­ment made my eyes open real­ly wide. It’s very dif­fi­cult for the chil­dren, but you know, as you grow old­er you start to accept peo­ple for how they are and you find a way to accept them on terms that you can deal with.”

2 thoughts on “Acceptance

  1. I just wrote a big research paper on the baby boomer gen­er­a­tion (study­ing for my Mas­ter’s in Pub­lic Health), and the num­bers are sti­fling. So many have been laid off and can’t find equi­table work, they’re liv­ing longer than their par­ents, they’re divorc­ing 3 times more than their par­ents, they rep­re­sent 40% of the work­force, they lost their retire­ment funds, there’s no mon­ey for their end-of-life health care, they abuse drugs more than any oth­er gen­er­a­tion, and their sus­cep­ti­bil­i­ty to sui­cide increas­es by 35% once they get over 65 — regard­less of his­to­ry of men­tal ill­ness.

    Us, we’re in for a bumpy ride for the next 20+ years.

    1. Thanks for that. While it’s a stag­ger­ing trend, I find myself hav­ing a lot of hope, per­haps due to my per­son­al expo­sure to a lot of it. It real­ly dri­ves home the impor­tance of our coun­try as a whole tak­ing care of our elders; there are a whole host of caus­es, but I don’t think any one thing could be “blamed”.

      Is your paper avail­able any­where for me to read? I’d be very inter­est­ed.

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