Dialogue: Disparities

Two Pandemics at Once: Drug Addiction in the COVID-era

January 30, 2022 Dialogue: Disparities Season 1 Episode 9
Dialogue: Disparities
Two Pandemics at Once: Drug Addiction in the COVID-era
Show Notes

This episode explains the science behind drug addiction (i.e. how our brains change with drug use) and the ongoing opioid crisis. Listen to find out how drug addiction is often driven by one's mental health challenges, lack of social support, housing circumstances, and childhood experiences—many of which are outside of one's control. Framing drug addiction as a moral failing really hurts those trying to recover from addiction; if we are committed to promoting recovery, we need to shift from “What’s wrong with you?” to asking, “What happened to you?”

References: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1jxqaTPjy_SAJIY1na9uRPoFILvU7R_xaG97XLPYdy48/edit?usp=sharing