The health impact of COVID-19 the disease has been well documented. However, less often discussed is the mental health impact. Drug use and liquor sales have skyrocketed in the past 6 months as the pandemic has increased. According to CDC data, problems with mental health, substance abuse, and suicidal ideation have all increased during COVID-19, especially among younger adults, racial/ethnic minorities, essential workers, and unpaid adult caregivers. As a podcast devoted to health and wellness, this is a topic that we thought it was important to address.
In this episode, we talk to addiction specialist, and Intervention and Recovery Coach, Rob Lohman, NCIP, NCRC-1, MBA, NCGAC, about when that harmless weekly happy hour morphs into something different. View Rob’s Psychology Today profile, here. Rob shares his struggles with addiction and how he maintains sobriety.
This Episode Covers:
- Difficulty of finding community during COVID-19 [3:55]
- Do you have a drinking problem? [8:40];
- Rob’s suicide attempt [15:00];
- When drinking creeps up on you [22:00];
- Extreme examples of alcoholism [25:00]:
- The importance of community in mental health [31:00];
- When you can’t afford to be rattled [38:00];
- Gut health and mental health [45:00];
- Finding joy in career [48:00];