By Don Troutman, Founder, Clean & Sober Transitional Living
If you look up “intentional living” in Wikipedia, you will see it defined as “any lifestyle based on an individual or group's conscious attempts to live according to their values and beliefs. These can include lifestyles based on religious or ethical values, as well as coaching, personal transformation, and leadership training.” So intentional living communities can attract and embrace a variety of residents. Consider communities of Vegans, Buddhists, school teachers, Seniors, or those who choose to live a life of sobriety. Each of these communities is built on the shared values of their residents.
Brain studies show that dependence on pain meds is not the same thing as addiction; in fact, dependence and addiction show up in entirely different parts of the brain. And chronic pain patients’ lives stand to be derailed by pain, NOT by addiction. So the opioid epidemic raises an ethical question for doctors: how to best meet the needs of chronic pain patients while using potentially addictive medications?
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 closer look at the national numbers, and then look 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.