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Principles of Drug Addiction Treatment: A Research-Based Guide (Third Edition)

Are there specific drug addiction treatments for older adults?

With the aging of the baby boomer generation, the composition of the general population is changing dramatically with respect to the number of older adults. Such a change, coupled with a greater history of lifetime drug use (than previous older generations), different cultural norms and general attitudes about drug use, and increases in the availability of psychotherapeutic medications, is already leading to greater drug use by older adults and may increase substance use problems in this population. While substance abuse in older adults often goes unrecognized and therefore untreated, research indicates that currently available addiction treatment programs can be as effective for them as for younger adults.

This page was last updated December 2012

Are there specific drug addiction treatments for older adults?

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