Substance abuse in times of COVID-19 pandemic: a “perfect storm” for substance use disorder and mental health?

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Clin Ter. 2021 Nov 22;172(6):525-526. doi: 10.7417/CT.2021.2371.

ABSTRACT

Our lives and communities have been besieged by COVID-19 for almost two years, and society and its functioning have been turned upside down and upset, through limitations and restrictions aimed at stemming the spread of the SARS-CoV-2 virus. Severe levels of anxiety, distress and uncertainty have taken a huge toll on our daily lives from the social, professional and emotional perspectives, but it is still rather unclear how serious an impact the emergency has had on a class of particularly vulnerable individuals: those with substance abuse issues. Particularly, we would like to draw attention to a uniquely troublesome development: forced isolation resulting from pandemic-related restrictions and how it has impacted drug users and their efforts to achieve recovery.

PMID:34821345 | DOI:10.7417/CT.2021.2371