Nationally, alcohol consumption is down among young people. But wait! In 2015, more than two in five high school binge drinkers consumed eight or more drinks in a row, increasing the risk of alcohol-related dangers including homicide, suicide or alcohol poisoning. Take a closerlook at the national numbers, and thenlook at what Sacramento County is doing to turn the tide on teens who drink too soon, too much, and too often.
People used to ask, “Where are the jobs?” Now, in many parts of the country, they’re asking “Where are the job applicants?” The opioid epidemic is knocking employable people out of the workforce, crippling businesses and putting a damper on the economy. One possible solution: opening new drug treatment centers - not just for public health - but also to foster a reliable workforce so employers can keep their doors open for business.
To help the holidaysbe healthydays, we offer these time-tested tips for those in recovery:
• Take good care of yourself. The holidays can be extra stressful, so be sure to create time and space for daily relaxation, meditation and mindfulness. Exercise, get some sunshine every day, and make sure you get plenty of sleep.
• View each day through a lens of gratitude. Write down your blessings each and every day.
• Spend time with your recovery community. The holidays can be lonely, so reach out to others – for them and for you.
We’re all impacted by alcohol or drug misuse or abuse, even if it’s not happening under our own roof. Think about your friend’s child who died from an overdose…. your loved one who is injured by a drunk driver…the neighborhood burglaries fueled by addiction to costly prescription medications. What about our overcrowded prisons and millions of Veterans addicted to pain-numbing medications? Each of these impact us, and – even more acutely – the parent, child, sibling or friend of each and every statistic.