What Jennifer Sweeton, Psy.D. is a psychologist, and the founder and executive director of Workings of Well-Being has to say on this topic:
In response to his drug commission’s recommendation to declare the opioid overdose epidemic a national emergency, Trump demurred. Instead of taking the action his commission suggested, he spoke of ramping up law enforcement, in particular working to keep drugs from coming into the country.
Survivors, in particular, to take the trauma-sensitive stance of framing many “symptoms” as understandable attempts to cope with or adapt to overwhelming circumstances.
Imagine that you can be two different people. That's not such an absurd idea. It's been around in psychoanalysis (starting with Freud) for over a century, and even contemporary cognitive science and neuroscience allows for different selves. Not multiple personalities, but something subtler.
The real cost of the nation’s drug epidemic is equal to 5% of U.S. GDP. While the escalating scale of the nation’s drug epidemic has been well- documented in recent years, the real costs to society and the economy have been greatly underestimated.