Substance Abuse Among Older Adults: A Guide for Social Service Providers

Chapter 1: Substance Abuse Among Older Adults: An Invisible Epidemic

About the Course:

Substance Abuse Among Older Adults: An Invisible Epidemic explains the unique vulnerabilities and barriers to identifying and treating older adults with substance abuse problems. This course covers Chapter 1 only.

Journal/Publisher:

SAMHSA

Publication Date:

2000

Author

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Recommended For:

This course is recommended for health care professionals, especially addiction counselors, psychologists, mental health counselors, social workers, and nurses who seek knowledge about substance abuse among older adults. It is appropriate for an intermediate level of participants’ knowledge.

Course Objectives:

  1. Identify the increasing problem of substance abuse in adults over 60.

  2. Understand the unique vulnerabilities in older adults.

  3. Recognize barriers to identifying and treating older adults with substance abuse problems.

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