Happy Saint Patrick’s Day! Today is one of the biggest drinking-oriented holidays of the year, making it tough for some of our sober stars out there.
We humans crave answers. Whether you look at it from an evolutionary or biblical perspective, our hunt for answers has been the force behind human progress and survival. We want answers to the little questions that pop up all day (and help us survive), and to the big ones that keep us up at night (and help us progress).
Ding, ding, ding! Cheers to those who are aspiring to cut back on alcohol consumption in 2017! (so many good reasons to). A toast to those of us on the teetotaler train for life! And for those just looking to ring in 2017 without a hangover and fuzzy memories: bottoms up, this one's for you too. We proudly present our top 17 mocktails for ringing in 2017. They are easy to make, easy on the eyes, and delicious. Enjoy, and Happy New Year!
It's been a big year for the movement to spread awareness of addiction and push for more effective, more accessible prevention, treatment, and recovery services. And it wasn't just those personally affected by addiction or healthcare providers that were talking about it. Employers are increasingly taking notice that addiction has grave consequences for both their employees and the bottom line, and recognizing the desperate need for innovative solutions.
Our programs address a wide variety of addictive behaviors, but substance use is the one employers tend to approach us about. This isn’t necessarily because it’s the biggest challenge they face, but because there is more awareness and understanding of it compared to other addictive behaviors.
Wondering how you’re going to stay sober or semi-sober at your holiday work party? You’re not the only one! Lots of people feel the pressure to drink dialed up during corporate events. Alcohol is a deeply ingrained part of many workplace cultures, at the organizational level, industry level, and even national level.
We identified synergies between different therapeutic modalities in our previous exploration of beautiful blends. But what about non-clinically based options? Where do they fit in with evidence-based practices? The subject can spark heated debate, with people understandably passionate and protective when it comes to the solutions that have worked for them.
Ah. 'Tis the season for infamous office holiday parties! If you're striving to cut back on drinking, or quit entirely, work social events come with a unique set of pressures and challenges (hence we recommend employers offer at least some non-drinking events). But take it from us, sober socializing doesn't have to be a drag!
“I’m calling for a cultural change in how we think about addiction. For far too long people have thought about addiction as a character flaw or a moral failing. Addiction is a chronic disease of the brain and it’s one that we have to treat the way we would any other chronic illness: with skill, with compassion and with urgency.”
The costs of prescription opioid abuse to employers are as great as $18 billion per year.
Knowledge is power. It’s a trite but true slogan, and especially applicable to the prescription painkiller epidemic; millions of Americans have inadvertently walked into opioid dependencies and addictions via legal prescriptions because they were unaware of the risks or ill-prepared to handle them.