Geriatric Addictions & Concurrent Disorders

We have an aging population and as a result can expect an increase in the number of older persons with significant substance misuse issues. Many older persons will seek and obtain treatment in a variety of settings, some in traditional mainstream services and some in more specialized services.

We have a small number of agencies that have historically provided specialized addictions service for older persons who have not been able to participate in more mainstream services.  These agencies have come together with the support of the larger Mental Health, Addictions, Dementia and Behavioural Issues Community of Practice (COP), to facilitate knowledge transfer and promote innovation and evidence based/informed practice and treatment for this specialized sub population of older adults with substance use needs and/or concurrent disorders.