Substance Abusers are at Greater Risk During the COVID-19 Pandemic

published 20.05.2020 05:30


Study participants report closures of recovery houses, suspensions of in-person support meetings and premature dismissals from treatment centers.

Right now, our team, including the three of us – an associate professor of psychology at IUPUI, an associate professor of sociology at Indiana University Southeast and a psychology professor at Indiana University South Bend – are trying to understand how people with substance use disorders are managing their recovery during the COVID-19 pandemic.

When people with opioid use disorder relapse, there’s more involved than a loss of sobriety, ruinous as that is.

Those of us who work in the field of substance use disorders became concerned for those in recovery as the pandemic spread and social distancing was put in place.

With schedules disrupted, medical and psychological care curtailed and support networks shut down, the COVID-19 pandemic may jeopardize their recovery.