One of the saddest consequences of the opioid crisis is the collateral damage. Parents who are dealing with substance abuse issues often become unable to care for their children. When a parent is physically ill or incarcerated due to drug or alcohol use, children may end up shuffled among other family members or caught up in the foster care system.
If you are like more than one third of homes in the United States, you have at least one pet. Animals provide companionship and unconditional affection, and they often form special bonds with certain people quite unexpectedly. Some research indicates that having a pet can have a positive effect on your physical and mental health by lowering your blood pressure and relieving anxiety.