This conversation with the director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse was an interesting read. It provides some expert advice on how to think about substance use disorder treatment and recovery during COVID-19. Addiction can cause individuals to feel isolated, and the actual isolation of social distancing presents an added layer of difficulty. I am working with clients to challenge the feelings associated with isolation and loneliness during COVID-19. There are effective ways to engage with a recovery community virtually, even if they feel uncomfortable or go against the way we prefer to socialize and maintain supportive relationships.

-Ryan Speir, LSW