Mary Woods

One Hour AT A Time

Mary Woods

  • Carol Colleran

Carol Colleran

Monday 18th August 2008

Discover how Carol Colleran, an expert in age-specific treatment, is making a difference in the lives of older adults with addiction. Learn about the challenges and solutions for co-occurring disorders in the aging population. Listen now on
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Aging and Addiction: Understanding the Challenges of Older Adults with Carol Colleran

Recovery is a treatment plan, which in many cases is as effective as treatments for other chronic illnesses.
Carol Colleran, CAP, ICADC, is a renowned expert in age-specific treatment and recovery for older adults. In this episode of One Hour AT A Time, hosted by Mary Woods, Colleran shares her insights and experiences on the unique challenges faced by older adults with addiction and co-occurring disorders. She highlights the importance of treatment plans for recovery, which are as effective as treatments for other chronic illnesses.
Colleran sheds light on how alcohol is still the number one drug of choice among older adults and how it is often misunderstood. She explains how older adults may not be diagnosed with alcohol addiction even when presenting with symptoms, and how managing post-surgical pain without addiction is a prevalent issue. Colleran emphasizes the need for integrated dual diagnosis treatment for adults, utilizing evidence-based practices and old-fashioned common sense.
One of the significant challenges in treating older adults with addiction is the loss of purpose and identity. Colleran encourages therapists and clinicians to understand and factor in the unique values and experiences of each patient. She discusses the importance of re-establishing purpose and values, especially for older adults who have experienced divorce or loss of relationships.
The episode provides valuable information on the impact of alcohol on older adults and the common misconceptions about alcohol use in this population. Colleran's insights on the challenges faced by older adults with addiction and co-occurring disorders are informative and compassionate, making this episode a must-listen for anyone interested in supporting older adults in recovery.
Listen to Carol Colleran's wisdom and expertise on One Hour AT A Time, available on