WILLIAMSBURG PLACE, VA - JANUARY 18, 2018 - The Farley Center at Williamsburg Place, recognized nationally for its successful programs designed to treat addiction, has announced the appointment of Dr. Jonathan Lee as medical director. This leadership position will help oversee the medical policies and procedures at the center to ensure the highest level of care for patients.
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When starting his recovery journey over eight years ago, Jay Sexton was filled with a sense of trepidation about the challenges ahead. He was recovering from a severe alcohol use disorder (AUD) and going to enormous lengths to avoid exposure to alcohol. “I was scared to death when walking through grocery stores, or driving near liquor stores always afraid I might end up buying alcohol,” he recalls.
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.
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.