With the devastating effects of opioid use in daily headlines, you don’t have to look too far to see that the opioid crisis is a serious and troubling problem here in the United States. It’s clear that no family or community is immune, and that includes employers and their workplaces. But, by understanding the problem and working with the health plans they offer, employers can help employees prevent, manage, and recover from opioid addiction.
While there is the occasional exception (like Boston’s recent record-breaking 74-degree day), the winter months in the Northern Hemisphere are typically full of cold weather, short days, and little sunlight. These three factors can contribute to sadness, decreased energy, and stress, and even lead to a form of depression known as seasonal affective disorder (SAD).