Aging and Addiction: Implications for Patients, Caregivers and Clinicians

Start time
10:00 AM Pacific
End time
11:00 AM Pacific

Presented by ASA’s Mental Health and Aging Network (MHAN) 

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Includes Complimentary CEUs

The demographic makeup of the United States is changing, with a shift toward a growing older adult population. As Baby Boomers move into retirement, substance abuse and addiction in older adults is increasing at alarming rates. Physical- and mental-health related comorbidities are common in this population, and often contribute to confusion in the clinical presentation. This web seminar will explore the unique issues of substance abuse and treatment as it relates to older adults. We will explore trends in aging, the unique effects of drugs (illicit, prescription, and alcohol) on the aging body, related comorbidities and specific treatment needs of older adults who require clinical or medical intervention for any type of substance abuse or addiction. 

Participants in this web seminar will be able to:

  • Understand trends in aging, substance use disorders and healthcare;
  • Learn more about substance use disorders and related comorbidities in older adults; and,
  • Describe the unique treatment needs of older adults and explain strategies for improved treatment outcomes.   


Dr. John Dyben serves as the director of Older Adult Treatment Services in the Hanley Center at Origins Behavioral Healthcare. He leads its flagship program for treating addiction and comorbid conditions in older adults. Dyben is an ordained pastor, clinically trained chaplain and board certified as both an Addictions Professional and a Mental Health Professional in the State of Florida.
Terry Macho is a primary therapist in the Hanley Center at Origin’s Center for Older Adult Recovery. He is a Certified Addictions Professional in Florida and previously a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor, in Minnesota. Macho is an adjunct professor in the School of Human Services, Springfield College, Tampa Bay Campus, and recently served on the Board of Directors of the Florida School of Addiction Studies.