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Impact of the Covid Pandemic on Substance Use and Mental Health

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 In our second episode of “Cupajoe & Chats to Go” (quick hot topic interviews with healthcare professionals):


Community Liason Robyn Duberstein and Dr. Shalu Gugnani discuss the impact of the covid pandemic on substance use and mental health. Dr Gugnani is the Medical Director of Addiction Medicine at Northwest Community Hospital in Arlington Heights.

Dr. Gugnani talks about this being a unique and challenging time. Due to workforce changes, she has seen more intake assessments and willingness to seek treatment in outpatient services.  People are taking the opportunity to get well. 

Dr. Gugnani has seen decreases in relapse while simultaneously experiencing the increase in substance use across the population due to increases in depression, anxiety, work loss and other issues brought on by Covid. 


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Cassandra Young
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