Dr. Jonathan C. Lee describes the opioid crisis as a “wicked problem,” a term that denotes a problem within a complex system with components that interact in poorly understood and unpredictable ways. In a wicked problem, interventions into the system produce downstream consequences that cannot be known in advance and cannot be undone. Changing one element of the system changes the dynamics of the entire system - making the problem an incredibly difficult one to solve.
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Stress is a key risk factor in substance use disorders. Stressful life events combined with poor coping skills significantly increase the risk of escalating addictive behaviors through impulsive drug or alcohol use and self-medication.
The holiday season, normally a time for joy and celebration, can quickly turn into a stressful confrontation with family members. The holidays are supposed to be a vacation, but addiction doesn’t take a break—not for Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa, Diwali, or any other holiday.