Randy Harris, MSW, RSW, Mental Health Therapist, Community Geriatric Mental Health Services, Calgary Health Region, Calgary, AB.
Substance abuse experienced by older clients is frequently seen in medical practices. This article reviews approaches to assessing and treating older adults, including practical ideas for conducting interviews with older clients. A philosophical stance that recognizes a client’s readiness to change is also discussed.
Key words: older adults, substance use, stages of change, assessment, intervention.