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  • Date: Friday 25th October 2019
  • Presenter(s): Richard Allsup

Loss and Substance Abuse

Richard Allsup

Substance abuse is a growing, but mostly silent, epidemic amongst older adults" Dr Sumedra Chhatre 2017. Research by The Royal College of Psychiatrists (2017) shows that a third of older people develop alcohol problems for the first time in their later life, stating bereavement as a key factor. By comparison, substance use among people under the age of 18 has steadily decreased in the last decade. Today, the fastest growing substance misuse group is the over 65s - a challenge to the traditional stereotype.

This workshop is designed to enable participants to :


1. Develop knowledge and understanding of the various forms of alcohol and drug use.
2. Assess risk associated with overdose, physical dependence and the symptoms associated with alcohol related damage.
3. Develop risk management plans in association with medical primary care practitioners.
4. Further understand substance use in response to bereavement and loss.
5. Consider the nature of change, resistance to change, and how to work with these as a therapist.

Facilitator : Richard Allsup

Previously a service manager of a countywide substance misuse service, Richard has worked for both statutory and non-statutory services and substance use field for over 25 years. After graduating from the Northern Guild for Psychotherapy in 1993, Richard has taught on several BACP recognised counselling courses and has several publications in the field of drug and alcohol use.

Programme for the Day


9.30 Registration, refreshments and a chance to network
10.00 Introduction and welcome by Therapy Challenges
10.05 Pain, loss and Substance Use - making the connection
11.30 Refreshments
11.50 Assessing Risk and Working with Ethical Dilemmas
13.00 Lunch (Finger buffet with tea and coffee)
13.45 Exploring the Challenges of Change. Raising the Issue.
15.00 Refreshments
15.15 Working with Services : Primary Care and Specialist Community Services
16.30 End

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