Substance Abuse Among Older Adults: Treatment Improvement Protocol

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Frederic C. Blow
DIANE Publishing, 1999 - 173 pages
Researchers are only beginning to realize the pervasiveness of substance abuse, such as alcohol and prescription drug misuse, among older people, thousands of whom need treatment but do not receive it. This Treatment Improvement Protocol (TIP) recommends best practices for identifying, screening, assessing, and treating alcohol and prescription drug abuse among people age 60 and older. Sections: alcohol; use and abuse of psychoactive prescription drugs and OTC medications; identification, screening, and assessment; referral and treatment approaches; outcomes and cost issues; legal and ethical issues; tools. Bibliography. 19 charts and tables.

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Page 53 - Have you ever had a drink first thing in the morning to steady your nerves or get rid of a hangover (Eye opener)?
Page 134 - Do you prefer to stay at home, rather than going out and doing new things? YES NO 13. Do you frequently worry about the future? YES NO 14.
Page 17 - ... closely related) substance is taken to relieve or avoid withdrawal symptoms 3. the substance is often taken in larger amounts or over a longer period than was intended 4. there is a persistent desire or unsuccessful efforts to cut down or control substance use 5.
Page 125 - YES, DURING THE LAST YEAR 10. Has a relative or friend or a doctor or other health worker been concerned about your drinking or suggested you cut down? (0) NO (2) YES, BUT NOT IN THE LAST YEAR (4) YES, DURING THE LAST YEAR * In determining the response categories it has been assumed that one 'drink
Page 134 - Choose the best answer for how you felt over the past week. 1. Are you basically satisfied with your life?
Page 17 - A maladaptive pattern of substance use leading to clinically significant impairment or distress, as manifested by one (or more) of the following, occurring within a 12-month period: 1) recurrent substance use resulting in a failure to fulfill major role obligations at work, school, or home (eg, repeated absences or poor work performance related to substance use; substance-related absences, suspensions...
Page 16 - A maladaptive pattern of substance use, leading to clinically significant impairment or distress, as manifested by three (or more) of the following, occurring at any time in the same 12-month period...
Page 17 - ... a need for markedly increased amounts of the substance to achieve intoxication or desired effect (b) markedly diminished effect with continued use of the same amount of the substance 2.
Page 129 - Going to toilet: Independent: gets to toilet; gets on and off toilet; arranges clothes, cleans organs of excretion (may manage own bedpan used at night only and may or may not be using mechanical supports). Dependent: uses bedpan or commode or receives assistance in getting to and using toilet.
Page 124 - Daily or almost daily 4. How often during the last year have you found that you were not able to stop drinking once you had started?

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