Managing stress and trauma is difficult at any time for those with substance use disorders. COVID-19 has only intensified the challenge. Isolation and financial burdens can drive patients with substance use disorders to engage in risky behavior or potentially relapse. What can you do as their pharmacist? Plenty. Join this session to explore how trauma and stress might affect your patients and how you can help them safely cope.
1. Describe the impact that coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) induced stress and trauma might have on patients diagnosed with a substance use disorder (SUD).
2. Identify strategies to help patients with SUD cope with COVID-19–induced stress and trauma without relapse or increasing substance misuse.
3. Describe how pharmacists can assist patients who are in recovery or struggling with SUD during the COVID-19 pandemic.