Detoxing from Heroin

Feeling the pain of detoxing from heroin? The endless torment of heroin withdrawal includes hot and cold sweats, irritability, kicking, and the constant need for a fix. The lack of will power to help combat these symptoms only makes things worse. So how do you know if you should go into inpatient detox? Not all heroin detoxes are the same. Many addicted to opiates have tried getting sober at home and often fail. The main reason why people fail to detox themselves comes down to the sheer uncomfortableness that one…

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Facing Life with Addiction: Get Back into the Water

Facing Life with Addiction: Get Back into the Water If you are currently active in your addiction and losing focus on what matters in life and have quit surfing because of drugs or alcohol then you are about to get a little motivation to help you become awesome again. When life gets to the point that you’ve stopped surfing because drug use has become your primary method of exercise, then you may have a problem. This problem is compounded by the fact that many of us have burned our family,…

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How to Stay Sober on New Years Eve

How to stay sober on New Years Eve?  The champagne is flowing and the party is raging, it’s New Years Eve. It’s a universal symbol for new beginnings and a simultaneous threat to those same resolutions. Drinking can feel like part of the tradition, but it’s also part of the danger – even for those not struggling with addiction. New Years Eve is rife with drunk driving and binge drinking. Nearly half (48%) of driving deaths on the highway on New Year’s Eve are alcohol-related (Aetna Insurance). From New Years…

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Find a Rehab Near Me

How to Find a Rehab Near Me?  This has been a difficult task for many struggling with substance abuse and addiction. The challenge of finding a place that I like and can also use my insurance has been painstaking. I feel like giving up. If you have faced the above situation then you know that the struggle is real. Many with addiction face an uphill battle when trying to get help. You are definitely not alone. Some people enlist the help of friends and ask them the question: Will you…

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Questions to Ask Before Choosing a Rehab

10 Questions to ask before choosing a rehab Rehab is a huge investment of time and money, with your wellness and livelihood on the line. Every rehab program is unique, just like its patients. It’s up to you to ask the hard questions to decide what program is right for you and/or your loved ones. Are you licensed and/or accredited? This question is definitely one of the most important. Too many facilities operate without proper accreditation. Licensure and accreditation from a third party holds the facility and its practices to…

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Dangers of Drunk Driving

Dangers of Drunk Driving: 10 Facts About Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol We’ve heard so much about the dangers of drunk driving, it’s almost become white noise. We accept that the act is bad without looking into the specific and widespread damage it causes on a daily basis. We break it down: First things first, what is drunk driving? It is illegal nationwide to drive with a BAC at or above 0.08%. For those under 21, “zero tolerance” laws make it illegal to drive with any measurable amount of…

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Negative Effects of Substance Abuse on the Body

Substance abuse is hard on the wallet, the brain, the spirit, and the body. A temple, a vessel, the body was not meant to withstand the poison of substance abuse. While the high is temporary, the effects can be lasting. Here are a few of the negative effects on drugs and alcohol on the body: Kidney failure: Prescription drugs, cocaine, heroin, ketamine, inhalants, MDMA, PCP, steroids, and synthetic cannabinoids are all known to cause kidney damage or failure as a result of dehydration, dangerous increases in body temperature, and muscle…

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Over the Counter Drug Abuse by Teens and Young Adults

Just because they’re legal, doesn’t mean they are safe from abuse. (OTC) Over the Counter drug abuse by teens and young adults is at an alarming rate, all chasing a “legal high.” Approximately 1 out of every 11 teens has abused some sort of OTC medicine while abuse of OTC drugs is most common among young teens ranging from ages 13 to 16. With increased accessibility and a lack of legal barriers, teens are able to secure OTC drugs easier than illicit drugs. Parents and teens alike are often lulled…

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The Value of JCAHO Accredited Treatment Centers

Neither addiction nor treatment should not be taken lightly. The decision to get clean and treat addiction is a serious one. Rehab is a gross investment of time, money, and self – a happy successful sober life depends on proper care. Explaining the value of jcaho accredited treatment centers is a top priority at Balboa Horizons. JCAHO is a non-profit organization known as the Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations, or more simply: the Joint Commission. The Joint Commission established the Behavioral Health Care Accreditation Program to encourage…

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