If you’re someone who has traditionally leaned on alcohol and or drugs to get through the Holidays, you’re not alone; the alcohol industry makes a quarter of all its sales, and accidental overdoses increase during every holiday season. If this is your first holiday season in recovery, you know you will need a new plan to deal with the chaos, or just plain craziness that family seems so good at pulling out. Before you decide to cancel your trip home altogether, consider the ways you can use this family gathering to support your recovery instead of sabotaging it.
The United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) announced several weeks ago that it intends to halt Kratom’s unrestricted availability in this country, citing an “imminent hazard to public safety,” and planning to achieve this through designating Kratom a Schedule 1 drug; translation: it will be in the same class of drugs as heroin, LSD, marijuana, and ecstasy. The DEA’s decision is based on the concern that Kratom has a high potential for abuse, and little proof that its use produces medical benefit.
Work is stressful, even if you are not a heart surgeon saving lives, or a defense attorney keeping people out of prison, it is stressful and about 75 percent of our lives in America. Stress that comes from or interferes with your work can have a huge negative impact on your quality of life, not to mention the quality of your performance. Employees and business owners alike have much to gain from a renewed commitment to work environments that promote positive mental health.