COVID-19: Potential Implications for Individuals with Substance Use Disorders

As people across the U.S. and the rest of the world contend with coronavirus, the National Institute of Health (NIH) reminds us that populations with substance use disorders (SUDs) could be hit particularly hard. Because it attacks the lungs, the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 could be an especially serious threat to those who smoke marijuana or tobacco or who vape. People with opioid use disorder (OUD) and methamphetamine use disorder may also be vulnerable due to those drugs’ effects on respiratory and pulmonary health. Individuals with a substance use disorders isolating at home may lack the daily structure to minimize the risk of binge use. Additionally, one could find oneself in withdrawal due to decrease access to alcohol/drugs. If you (or a family member) are struggling with a substance use disorder, contact the Flight Attendant Drug and Alcohol Program (FADAP). Help is available during this difficult time. Call 1-855-333-2327. You will be connected to a trained Flight Attendant peer from your airline who will confidentially help you explore your options for assistance.  

Wings of Sobriety” Telephonic Meetings Meetings are open to all Flight Attendants who are exploring their need for or seeking recovery from substance use disorders. Meeting times are scheduled on Wednesday at 3:00 pm EST and Sunday at 5:00 pm EST. Each meeting will last between forty-five (45) minutes to one (1) hour. The conference call in number is 1-855-544-2320.

COVID-19: Potential Implications for Individuals with Substance Use Disorders