Diagnosis and Assessment of Substance Abuse in Older Adults: Current Strategies and Issues.
Diagnosis Alcoholism, Epidemiology, Rehabilitation Alcoholism, Cross-Sectional Studies, Geriatric Assessment, Incidence, Psychotropic Drugs, Street Drugs, Diagnosis Substance-Related Disorders, Rehabilitation Substance-Related Disorders
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.
King, C. J.,
Van Hasselt, V. B.,
Segal, D. L.,
(1994). Diagnosis and Assessment of Substance Abuse in Older Adults: Current Strategies and Issues.. Addictive Behaviors, 19(1), 41-55.
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