Aim: Although affected family members of individuals suffering from addiction (AFMs)show elevated levels of stress and strain they have been not adequately addressed by research and care. To date, there are no reliable data on the effects of the social restrictions caused by the Covid-19 pandemic on burden and care offers for AFMs. Method: International survey of experts and a survey of treatment providers from Germany. Results: While mainly an increase in strain due to the effects of the pandemic regarding increased risk behavior by the addicted family member and an increase of interpersonal conflicts is expected, also some possible positive effects on subgroups of AFMs were reported. Overall, a decline in supply for relatives and a trend for reduced demand for help by AFMs were reported from treatment providers. Conclusions: Effects of Addiction on the families should routinely be assessed in studies on addictive and affective disorders as well as in studies on domestic violence. Evidence-based support for AFMs should be offered nationwide and digital as well. Networking with other psychosocial offers should be optimized.
|Translated title of the contribution||Anticipated Effects of the Covid-19 Pandemic on Family Members Affected by Addiction|
|Number of pages||6|
|Publication status||Published - 31 Aug 2020|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Medicine (miscellaneous)
- Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
- Psychiatry and Mental health