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.