How The Pandemic Is Affecting People Struggling With Addiction

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By Paul Costello

Original Source: scopeblog.stanford.edu

In an article last month, Stanford Medicine psychiatrist Anna Lembke, MD, told The New York Times that when the shelter in place began in March, “Many patients described a kind of peacefulness without the constant hubbub of modern life and constant triggers they’re exposed to.”

Yet, as the COVID-19 pandemic grew to be a constant fixture in our lives, it’s been what she called “a mixed bag” for people with addiction and mental health issues that are “exacerbated by health concerns, financial worries, isolation and disruption in our daily rhythms.”

I spoke with Lembke for a 1:2:1 podcast about the impact of the pandemic on people with…click here to continue reading

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