Amid the coronavirus pandemic and stay at home orders, alcohol sales surged. Dr. Nicholas Goeders was on Red River Radio's Health Matters June 25 to talk about how the pandemic has affected alcohol and substance abuse addictions.
The Louisiana Addiction Research Center (LARC) at LSU Health Shreveport is a leader in addiction research. The LARC is committed to increasing knowledge and advancing research related to Substance Use Disorders to create a better quality of life for the citizens of our area.
The LARC synchronizes multiple areas of basic and clinical research, academia and Centers of Excellence within LSU Health Shreveport to foster collaborative, multidisciplinary research throughout Louisiana. The LARC is dedicated to developing a continuum of care in Louisiana that will leverage potential therapeutic models through these collaborations, ultimately resulting in advancing our care delivery abilities to improve outcomes in those who suffer from Substance Use Disorders.
The mission of LARC is to provide addiction research and education in an integrated environment, pursuing the latest in innovative approaches and learning. The LARC’s goal is to radically improve models of care and intervention for those with Substance Use Disorders
The American public will face unprecedented levels of alcohol and drug addiction following the COVID-19 pandemic, if this looming crisis is not already here. People don’t know where to turn; they are isolated and do not know how/where to seek help. Unemployment and furloughs are resulting in financial burdens on top of a plummeting economy. Uninsured and limited access to addiction treatment, healthcare worker stress, family strain and feelings of helplessness in assisting family members, and uncertainty about the future all compound the problem, leading to:
• Anxiety • Insomnia • Isolation • Depression • PTSD • All of which can produce increases in alcoholism and drug addiction.
After many previous disasters (e.g., the 9/11 attacks, hurricanes Katrina and Rita, the economic collapse of 2008-2010), there were documented increases in alcohol and drug abuse in the affected populations. However, since the health and economic crises of this pandemic are unlike anything we have ever witnessed (now more than 1,000,000 documented cases of COVID-19 in the United States and more than 26 million people filing for unemployment for the first time), there is no way to accurately predict the associated increases in addiction that are sure to follow. These policy briefings describe the crisis that is coming - if it is not already here.