Treating Substance Use Disorder in Older Adults (DA2385)

Author(s): Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

Pre-Approved for: CA BRN, CCAPP, CE Broker Provider, Delaware BON, FCB, MCBAP-Specific , NAADAC, RNs

Credit Hours: 27

Course Format

This course is online. All course material is available online and is accessible immediately after purchase from your account homepage. Certificate of Completion is available immediately upon passing the exam.

Course Overview

This course covers the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Treatment Improvement Protocol (TIP) series for treating substance misuse in older adults. This series of guidelines contains nine chapters and is intended to give healthcare providers a structure to properly identify, evaluate and treat older adults with substance use disorder (SUD).

****CCAPP STUDENTS - PLEASE READ - Please note any course over 8 CEUs/Contact Hours/Hours, must be completed over a 72 hour (or more) time period. Your course start date is the date of purchase, and your completion date is when you have passed your test. For example, 'Completed 7/1/2024 - 7/6/2024'

Course Objectives

  1. Awareness of older adult population vulnerability and how substance misuse can be overlooked in older adults.

  2. Identify general care principles emphasizing person-centered approaches to treatment.

  3. Develop and implement a screening process for substance misuse in older adults.

  4. Maximize treatment and recovery plan options to include other wellness strategies for clients.

  5. Optimize informational resources for clientele, families, and caregivers.

  6. Utilize health provider screening tools for accurate assessments and better outcomes.

Course Outline

  1. Foreword

  2. Executive Summary

  3. Introduction

  4. Chapter 1 - Older Adults and Substance Misuse: Understanding the Issue

  5. Chapter 2 - Principles of Care for Older Adults

  6. Chapter 3 - Identifying, Screening For, and Assessing Substance Misuse in Older Adults

  7. Chapter 4 - Treating Alcohol Misuse in Older Adults

  8. Chapter 5 - Treating Drug Use and Prescription Medication Misuse in Older Adults

  9. Chapter 6 - Substance Misuse and Cognitive Impairment

  10. Chapter 7 - Social Support and Other Wellness Strategies for Older Adults

  11. Chapter 8 - Drinking as an Older Adult: What Do I Need to Know?

  12. Chapter 9 - Resources for Treating Substance Use Disorder in Older Adults

  13. Appendix - Bibliography

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