Opioid overdoses have increased by 28% between April 2020-2021, with over 100,000 overdoses occurring annually. Appropriately, organizations are focused on comprehensive strategies in overdose prevention. But how do we respond to the emotional and psychological toll the overdose of a client or resident has on professional caregivers and other peers? What are the best ways to support both staff and clients?
This session reviewed some of the main issues that arise when residents in recovery environments experience and don’t survive a recurrence (suicide deaths). Content reviewed the behavioral, physical, and psychological responses to grief, self-care, and coping strategies. Discussion reviewed overdose prevention activities that reduce risk and promote healing for staff and other residents impacted by overdose loss.
Diana Padilla is a Research Project Manager at New York State Psychiatric Institute, Columbia University Medical Center. She is a senior staff trainer for the Northeast & Caribbean Addiction Transfer Technology Center Network (NeC-ATTC) and provides training and technical assistance on implementation of Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT), and Equity & Inclusion capacity building opportunities.