Recovery from Alcohol Use Disorder among Older Adults: A Scoping Review

Ile Kermel-Schiffman, May Afuta, Amit Zur, Belle Gavriel-Fried

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Alcohol Use Disorder (AUD) among older people is under-diagnosed even though the population of older people is rising. Recovery from AUD among older people is a challenging process. A scoping review of the literature on recovery from AUD among older people was conducted to characterize the main topics in recovery. A systematic search was conducted in five databases: Psycinfo, Medline, CINHAL, WoS, and Embase from January 2000 to May 2021 using the PRISMA-ScR. Twenty-five studies met the inclusion criteria. The concept of recovery was defined in 20 studies, where the most frequent term was “abstinence.” 16 studies described treatment programs with different types of interventions. Six studies described specific programs for older people; five reported positive outcomes. Future studies should implement a broader definition of recovery that reflects the dimensions of the concept and refers to different age groups, to enable interdisciplinary professionals to develop holistic interventions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1137-1150
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Applied Gerontology
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 2023
Externally publishedYes


  • alcohol use disorder
  • older adults
  • recovery
  • scoping review


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