social isolation

Recognising the human need for community in addiction treatment

Over the past two years, in an attempt to reduce the spread of coronavirus, countries around the world have imposed a range of restrictions and social distancing measures. For social scientists and practitioners, this has led to discussion around the importance of connectedness and what happens when physical contact with each other is limited. This article explores the impact for people who use substances, which includes a shift in drug markets, an increase in isolation

Webinar: 'Adolescent Social Isolation and Loneliness'

Washington DC, United States,

Being socially disconnected or perceiving the absence of companionship and support can have a large effect on health and mortality risk for adolescents. This presentation will explore factors that lead to social isolation and loneliness; will determine how both physical and emotional health can be influenced; and will discuss ways to improve social integration and support in order to improve outcomes and life satisfaction for adolescents.

The Unbearable Heaviness of Loneliness


In a culture where individual achievement is valued above the welfare of the group, isolation and loneliness will be prevalent. Human beings are troop primates by nature. When we are faced with prolonged loneliness, it goes against our primitive survival impulses to be a part of a group. Loneliness is both complex and multi-determined.

Changing Perceptions: How Harmful Is Drinking in Later Life?

Soler-Vila, Hosanna, Rosario Ortolá, Esther García-Esquinas, Luz Mª León-Muñoz, and Fernando Rodríguez-Artalejo. "Changes in Alcohol Consumption and Associated Variables among Older Adults in Spain: A population-based cohort study." Scientific reports 9, no. 1 (2019): 10401.
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Given the current growth of ageing populations, alcohol consumption among the elderly has received increased attention.

What is deemed to be a ‘safe’ level of consumption has also been thrown into question, in the light of new evidence of a link between alcohol and illness in later life.

Surviving Stigma Podcast

Created by
Royal College of Psychiatrists
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In this podcast, Diane Goslar, a person who struggled with alcohol-related issues, talks to Peter Markham Head of Digital, about the stigma she faced among family, friends and work colleagues as she battled alcohol addiction.

#StigmaMakesMeFeel - Adfam's Campaign to Raise Awareness of Stigma Experienced by Families Affected by Substance Use

Adfam is launching a new campaign #StigmaMakesMeFeel, to tackle the stigma experienced by families affected by drugs and alcohol. From societal attitudes about substance use to unhelpful remarks from friends, stigma is rife and causes families to feel isolated. Adfam encourages family members with lived experience, professionals supporting these families but also those without direct experience to get involved. Take your picture with the stigma-busting campaign board, telling people how stigma makes you feel.

Australia: Social Pressures and Alcohol Consumption

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Almost 20% of Australians exceed two alcoholic drinks on average per day. However, the will to cut down or quit drinking can lead to social stigmatisation. A new study published in Drug and Alcohol Review reports that, in many social situations, drinking is considered normal behaviour and that failure to meet this expectation is viewed as “deviant”.