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Retirement and the Hidden EpidemicThe Complex Link Between Aging, Work Disengagement, and Substance Misuse  and What To Do About It$
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Peter A. Bamberger and Samuel B. Bacharach

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199374120

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199374120.001.0001

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Helping the Troubled Retiree

Helping the Troubled Retiree

(p.100) Chapter 7 Helping the Troubled Retiree
Retirement and the Hidden Epidemic

Peter A. Bamberger

Samuel B. Bacharach

Kathleen A. Briggs

Meira Ben-Gad

Oxford University Press

Drawing from insights gleaned in earlier chapters regarding the relationship between retirement and substance misuse, this chapter explores interventions aimed at preventing or treating such problems in older adults. More specifically, the chapter describes and reviews the evidence regarding the efficacy of three main psychosocial interventions for older adult substance misuse, namely, screening and brief interventions in the primary care setting, cognitive behavioral therapy, and group therapy programs such as Alcoholics Anonymous. After conducting a similar review and analysis of pharmaceutical therapies, the chapter explores the challenges and efficacy of applying workplace assistance models to prevent and treat substance misuse among older workers and retirees. The chapter concludes with a discussion of the implications for human resource management in contemporary organizations and, in particular, those employing so-called bridge retirees.

Keywords:   prevention, treatment, Alcoholics Anonymous, employee assistance program, screening and brief intervention, cognitive behavioral therapy, bridge employment, human resource management

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