people struggling with addiction have
had it especially hard in quarantine.
Social isolation, economic despair and a global
health crisis have made COVID-19 “the perfect
storm” for individuals with substance use disorders.
normal outlets like group meetings and
therapy no longer exist in the traditional sense
because meeting face-to-face is now dangerous.
With nowhere else to go, people living with addiction
are turning to online resources like virtual support
groups and Zoom therapy until things return to normal.
policy shifts have made it
much easier for addiction care
specialists to pivot to telemedicine.
Like anything, there are pros and cons to this
shift to telehealth expedited by the pandemic.
Most practitioners and patients, however, agree that
normalizing virtual treatment will expand care options for
people who might not have otherwise been able to access it.
Dr. Patrick Bordnick, of the Tulane University
School of Social Work, notes, “I think we can
create those meaningful connections”