College of Psychology: Faculty Articles

Title

Diagnosis and Assessment of Substance Abuse in Older Adults: Current Strategies and Issues.

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

1-1994

Keywords

Diagnosis Alcoholism, Epidemiology, Rehabilitation Alcoholism, Cross-Sectional Studies, Geriatric Assessment, Incidence, Psychotropic Drugs, Street Drugs, Diagnosis Substance-Related Disorders, Rehabilitation Substance-Related Disorders

Publication Title

Addictive Behaviors

ISSN

0306-4603

Volume

19

Issue/No.

1

Abstract

Alcohol and substance abuse in older adults until recently has received little empirical attention in the literature. However, in light of the increasing number of older adults in the population, clinicians and researchers alike are recognizing the importance of evaluating specific assessment and treatment strategies for such older substance abusers. Because distinctive biological, cognitive, and psychosocial variables appear to be correlated with substance abuse in older adults, evaluation and intervention methods employed with younger cohorts may be inappropriate or ineffective with individuals 55 and over. Our article, therefore, examines these characteristics as they pertain to the unique problems and service needs of the elderly. Relevant diagnostic and assessment strategies are reviewed. Finally, suggestions for future work in this area are outlined.

Comments

^The authors wish to express their appreciation to Charlotte Vanook and Burt G. Bolton for their technical assistance in preparation of this manuscript.

DOI

10.1016/0306-4603(94)90050-7