Geriatric Psychiatry Fellowship

Geriatric Psychiatry Fellowship

MSC 09 5030
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131

Phone: 505-272-6203
Fax: 505-272-4639

Geriatric Substance Abuse

As the population of older adults increases, the prevalence of late-life addiction is also expected to increase. The current demographic of 30 to 50 year-old adults were raised during the 1950s and 1960s and, as such, were exposed to increased abuse and addiction of heroin, cocaine, tobacco, marijuana and alcohol. Both current and historical substance use will have a large impact on the health of this population as it ages.

Geriatric psychiatrists will have an expanding role in the treatment of substance use and neurological/medical sequelae in elderly.

During this elective, fellows work on inpatient substance abuse consultations, outpatient treatment teams, outpatient detox as well as in rural clinics. The bio-psychosocial impact on both patients and their families are addressed. Fellows also have an opportunity to teach medical students and practitioners from other services.

Additional experiences in substance abuse can be developed through the research, health care policy and rural / ethnogeriatric electives.

Faculty includes: Pamela Arenella, M.D.; Michael Bogenschutz M.D.