Identification, Screening, and Assessment (TIP 26, Chapter 4)

Substance Abuse Among Older Adults (TIP 26)

About the Course:

Substance Abuse Among Older Adults (TIP 26, Chapter 4) presents treatment providers with much-needed information about a population that is underdiagnosed and underserved. Substance abuse often goes undetected among adults over 60.  This course covers Identification, Screening, and Assessment, and addresses screening older adults for alcohol and prescription drug abuse, communicating screening results, assessment of needs, and moving the older adult into treatment.

Course materials are from Chapter 4. Course materials can be accessed either 1) online or 2) by ordering the book free of charge from:



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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, and social workers who seek knowledge about screening and assessing older adults for substance abuse issues. It is appropriate for all levels of participants’ knowledge.

Course Objectives:

  1. Discuss the screening of older adults for alcohol and prescription drug abuse and the use of appropriate screening instruments.

  2. Describe effective ways to communicate both positive and negative substance abuse screening results.

  3. Explain the process of further assessment of older adults with identified substance abuse issues and the process of moving older adults into treatment.

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