Helping People in Special Populations During the Coronavirus Pandemic

Find resources and information for social workers helping people in special populations during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.


People Coping with Stress and Addiction

Historical data show that people frequently drink more alcohol during tough times. An important thing to remember is that drinking alcohol is not a coping strategy and shouldn’t be used as such. Drinking to numb anxiety, to temporarily forget stress or to live with frustration is just a form of avoidance. The underlying problem gets ignored, then gets amplified as this pattern repeats.

Many of us know people who are overcoming alcohol use disorders or other addictions. Recovering from an alcohol or other substance use disorder is always difficult, but there are special challenges presented by the current pandemic. Peer support is a critical component for many people in recovery, and regular patterns of meeting attendance and fellowship can be disrupted as the country tries to contain the spread of COVID-19.

People should be aware that support is still out there, and that technology can connect people who are quarantined or practicing social distancing.

If you know someone who is working to recover, make sure they know about these resources: