Portraits of change: Case studies from an elder-specific addiction program

TitlePortraits of change: Case studies from an elder-specific addiction program
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2000
AuthorsRoyer, CM, Dickson-Fuhrmann, E, McDermott, CH, Taylor, S, Rosansky, JS, Jarvik, LF
JournalJournal of Geriatric Psychiatry and Neurology
Date PublishedFall
Publication Languageeng
ISBN Number0891-9887 (Print)0891-9887 (Linking)
Accession Number11001135
Keywords*Health Promotion, *Program Evaluation, Age Factors, Aged, Ambulatory Care, Cognitive Therapy/*methods, Female, Humans, Male, Mental Health Services/*standards, Middle Aged, Substance-Related Disorders/*therapy

The authors describe two case histories of patients served by the GET SMART program that provide a glimpse of typical client substance abuse histories and their remarkable journeys of change. An age-specific outpatient program for older veterans with illicit drug and alcohol dependence, the GET SMART program uses individualized and group treatment interventions in an environment of collaboration, respect, and hope. The program employs the stages of change framework and a clinical framework that includes cognitive-behavioral and motivational interviewing approaches.

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