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3rd Edition of Global Conference on

Addiction Medicine, Behavioral Health and Psychiatry

October 24-26, 2022 | Orlando, Florida, USA

GAB 2021

Pandemics interlaced The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the psychological and social wellbeing of sober living home residents

Speaker at Addiction Medicine, Behavioral Health and Psychiatry 2021 - Grace Noonan
The University of Kansas Medical Center, United States
Title : Pandemics interlaced The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the psychological and social wellbeing of sober living home residents

Abstract:

The COVID-19 pandemic disrupted the provision of healthcare in a number of different areas: surgical care, nursing care, palliative and hospice care. Patients put off seeking dental care, eye care, and had extensive delays in basic preventive care. One area not well studied has been the impact of COVID-19 on persons in Substance Use Disorder (SUD) recovery needing long-term residential care in sober living environments. We initiated this study to assess how the COVID-19 pandemic progression impacted the psychological and social wellbeing of sober living home residents and to identify significant predictors of relapse risk. We surveyed 106 individuals in sober living residencies to assess how the pandemic impacted social connectivity, utilization of social support services, and relapse predictors at three different time points throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. We found that the pandemic led to significant declines in social interconnectedness and utilization of social support services, leading to increases in thoughts of relapse. Additionally, we interviewed individual residents of sober living residences who provided valuable information that supported the decline in social connectivity and the increase in relapse risk throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Given the documented increased rates of overdose deaths during the pandemic, treating patients in recovery will require the development of novel and non-traditional methods of providing social support and interventions to increase social connectivity.

Biography:

Ms. Grace Noonan graduated with a bachelor of arts in human biology and psychology from the University of Kansas in 2020. She then entered medical school at the University of Kansas School of Medicine and anticipates to graduate in 2024. She joined the 2021 Clendening Research Fellowship through the Department of History and Philosophy of Medicine where her research in addiction medicine treatment originated. She also works with the Department of Cardiovascular Research with the goals to complete several projects in addition to her work in addiction medicine research.

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