More evidence on “invisible addicts” – The Elderly.
The First Report of the Older Persons’ Substance Misuse Working Group of the Royal College of Psychiatrists Report CR165 was published in June 2011. It records serious problems in this “hidden group” of clients. Addictions UK has been specialising in working with over 50s since our inception. This report highlights many of the exceptional problems of this particular client group.
We commend The College of Psychiatrists report as a good read. Clearly it is important to improve delivery of addiction treatment services to the Elderly (and other similar groups like the housebound and disabled persons). Residential treatment and day care services are not suitable for everyone and home-based addictions treatment can be more suitable in many cases where we have offered our treatment services.
For full details of the report please see: http://www.rcpsych.ac.uk/files/pdfversion/CR165.pdf
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