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Oxycontin With a Whiskey Chaser: Drug and Alcohol Abuse in the Senior Population

The demographic makeup of the US is changing with a shift towards a growing elderly population. With Baby Boomers moving into retirement, trends in substance abuse and addiction amongst older adults is increasing at alarming rates.  Physical and mental health related comorbidities are common in this population and often contribute to confusion of the clinical presentation. 

This webinar will explore the unique issues of substance abuse and treatment as it relates to older adults.  We will explore trends in aging, the unique effects of drugs (illicit, prescription, and alcohol) on the aging body, related comorbidities, and specific treatment needs of older adults who require clinical or medical intervention for any type of substance abuse or addiction.

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify trends in aging, substance use disorders, and health care.
  • Discuss knowledge related to substance use disorders and related comorbidities in older adults.
  • Describe the unique treatment needs of older adults and explain strategies for improved treatment outcomes.

CEU Information

The Association for the Addiction Professionals - NAADAC

This course has been approved by Vendome Group, LLC, as a NAADAC Approved Education Provider, for educational credits. NAADAC Provider # 993121, Vendome Group LLC is responsible for all aspects of their programming.

NAADAC, the Association for Addiction Professionals, represents the professional interests of more than 85,000 addiction counselors, educators and other addiction-focused health care professionals in the United States, Canada and abroad. NAADAC’s members are addiction counselors, educators and other addiction-focused health care professionals, who specialize in addiction prevention, treatment, recovery support and education. An important part of the healthcare continuum, NAADAC members and its 47 state affiliates work to create healthier individuals, families and communities through prevention, intervention, quality treatment and recovery support.

About the Speaker(s): 

Dr. John Dyben
Director of Older Adult Treatment Services
Hanley Center

Dr. John Dyben serves as the Director of Older Adult Treatment Services at Hanley Center. In this capacity he provides leadership to the flagship program for the treatment of addiction and comorbid conditions in older adults.

John’s academic background includes degrees in Psychology (BS), Conflict (MA), Management (MS), and a Doctor of Health Science, with his doctoral practicum having focused on the dynamics, epidemiology, and treatment of substance abuse and addiction in older adults.

John is an ordained pastor, clinically trained chaplain, and board certified as both an Addictions Professional and a Mental Health Professional in the State of Florida.