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Substance Use Disorder in Older Adults

1 CE Hour

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Problematic drug use (of which opioids make up the largest proportion) had been incorrectly assumed to end as patients age. This presentation will focus on the similarities and differences between treating an older adult population as compared to younger and middle-aged adults and will discuss the impact that chronic pain has on substance use.

Target Audience
  • Counselors
  • Addiction Counselors
  • Psychologists
  • Social Workers
Learning Objectives
  • To increase understanding of substance use disorder in older adults and how it impacts overall healthcare for an older population.
  • Consider the unique issues and psychosocial factors impacting the older adult substance user
  • Increase awareness of chronic pain in older adults and provide education on more effective ways of working with older adults who experience chronic pain and are using substances (rx or not) to manage their pain.

This program has been approved for 1.0 continuing education clock hours by the Louisiana Counseling Association as authorized by the Louisiana Professional Counselor Licensing Board of Examiners.

Addiction Counselors

This course has been approved by, as a NAADAC Approved Education Provider, for educational credits. NAADAC Provider #198061, is responsible for all aspects of the programing. Counselor Skill Group: Counseling Services.


1.0 Credit – Click here to review Accreditation

Full Details: Learner Notification

Social Workers, #1766, is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved as ACE providers. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. maintains responsibility for this course. ACE provider approval period: 03/31/2022 – 03/31/2025. Social workers completing this course receive 1 Clinical continuing education credits.

CE Policy and this educator have no conflicts of interest and have not received any commercial support for this program or its contents.
Dr. Kate Lufkin

Kate Lufkin, MSW, DSW, LCSW-BACS is a clinical counselor and researcher for the Functional Restoration Program at Ochsner Baptist. She received her masters in Social Work and doctorate in Social Work from Tulane University. She is a member of the National Association of Social Workers, American Red Cross Disaster Mental Health Response Team and the National Health Service Corps. She is also a participant in the U.S. Department of Defense Bone Marrow Donor program. Dr. Lufkin is an Adjunct Professor at the Tulane University School of Social Work and teaches research methods, ethics and statistics in both the Masters and Doctoral programs. Prior to her current position, she worked as a clinical counselor for the US Navy and US Marine Corps.

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