The weekly journal entries will include your thoughts about weekly readings, les

The weekly journal entries will include your thoughts about weekly readings, lessons, and materials such as:
– What did you learn from this week’s readings and videos?
– What concept covered so far has been the most difficult for you to understand?
– What did you find most valuable this week?
– What did you find confusing/difficult? Why?
NOTES (Instructions):
1. This journal entry will need to be 3 – 4 paragraphs.
2. 12-font, Times New Roman
3. Double-spaced
4. Submit this assignment by 11:59 pm, on 07/16/2022
Week 6: Online Required Weekly Readings and Videos
People with mental illness are more likely to experience a substance use disorder than those not affected by a mental illness. According to SAMHSA’s 2018 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, approximately 9.2 million adults in the United States have a co-occurring disorder. A substance use disorder (SUD) is a mental disorder that affects a person’s brain and behavior, leading to their inability to control their use of substances such as legal or illegal drugs, alcohol, or medications. Symptoms can range from moderate to severe, with addiction being the most severe form of SUDs. Researchers have found that about half of individuals who experience a SUD during their lives will also experience a co-occurring mental disorder and vice versa. Co-occurring disorders can include anxiety disorders, depression, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), bipolar disorder, personality disorders, and schizophrenia.
Alcohol is the most used substance among adults aged 65 or older, and alcoholism is a serious disease affecting many older adults. It’s estimated that one-third of older individuals suffering from alcohol use disorder develop the problem later in life. In addition, some studies indicate that binge drinking among older adults has increased in recent years.
In 2019, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration estimated that more than 10% of U.S. adults aged 65 or older had at least one binge-drinking episode within a month of surveying. The CDC defines binge drinking as consuming enough alcohol to bring a person’s blood alcohol concentration (BAC) to 0.08 g/dl or above. For women, binge drinking generally means consuming four or more drinks in two hours. In men, it means consuming five or more drinks in the same time frame. It’s important to note, however, that these estimates include adults of all ages. Because body composition changes with age, on average, any given amount of alcohol could result in a relatively higher blood alcohol concentration in an elderly individual than it would in a younger person.
The same survey found that nearly 3% of adults aged 65 and older drank heavily within the month of surveying. The CDC defines heavy drinking as consuming 15 or more drinks per week (for men) and eight drinks per week (for women).
Past research has indicated that as many as 4% of elderly adults suffer from alcohol use disorder (AUD).
Chapter 13: Substance Use Disorders and Co-Occurring Disabilities

Chapter 14: Alcohol and Drug Misuse and Abuse in Late Life

Substance Abuse & Addiction in the Elderly

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