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ERIC Number: ED290064
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987
Pages: 17
Abstractor: N/A
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Senior Alcohol and Drug Coalition: Statement of Treatment Philosophy for the Elderly.
Dunlop, Jean D.; And Others
This document recognizes the growing awareness of alcohol problems faced by the elderly during the last 10 to 15 years and cites results of studies conducted to examine the extent of these problems. It then presents a community treatment continuum designed by a coalition of concerned individuals in the northwestern part of the United States. The plan described recognizes the fact that alcoholism advances through stages and that treatment needs vary according to the client's position on that continuum. Individual variables that also influence the choice of treatment plan are listed, including economic resources, a living environment supportive of recovery, client personality, and mental and physical condition. A schematic outline is presented which describes each of the continuum's six components of prevention, intervention, detoxification, protected environmental treatment, treatment, and continuing care. A section on components of a community treatment continuum for elderly alcoholics looks separately at these six components and also at the areas of long-term treatment, co-existing mental/physical illnesses which complicate treatment, and social work services. (NB)
Publication Type: Reports - General
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A