International Overdose Awareness Day

International Overdose Awareness Day Every year on August 31 people around the world will gather together to remember loved ones who died from an opioid overdose. Throughout the United States, the opioid epidemic has claimed numerous lives.  August 31 is a day for celebrating those we have lost. While we can’t bring our loved ones back we can educate others on the dangers of opioids. International Overdose Awareness Day starts with you. Let’s help increase awareness and break the stigma of addiction in our communities by telling the stories of…

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2018 REEL Recovery Film Festival

Balboa Horizons is a proud sponsor of the 10th annual REEL Recovery Film Festival & Symposium going on October 24th-30th at the Laemmle’s Royal Theater in West Los Angeles. This year opening night will feature an extraordinary documentary on the late former professional surfer Andy Irons entitled Andy Irons: Kissed by God, directed by Steve Jones and Todd Jones. This year’s festival is going to be amazing and filled with an incredible line up of filmmakers helping raise awareness for substance abuse and mental health disorders. Over the years the festival has entertained and inspired people…

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What to Look for in a San Diego Treatment Center

What to Look for in a San Diego Treatment Center If you or someone you know is facing an addiction to drugs or alcohol, you are likely looking for the right treatment center so that you can combat the problem for good. You have probably encountered a range of advertisements promising to hold the answers that can put addiction in the past, but they are not all equal. Going to the wrong treatment center is a waste of money and delays the recovery process. Knowing the things for which you…

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What to Bring to Drug and Alcohol Rehab

What to Bring to Drug and Alcohol Rehab Drug and alcohol rehab facilities provide patients with many of life’s essentials. Nonetheless, you’ll need to fill a bag or suitcase with various belongings before you leave home. Be sure to select them carefully. Rehabilitation centers don’t allow things that could compromise the safety or efficacy of their treatment programs. Please remember to bring the following items: 1. Clothes, Footwear You’ll need enough clothing for several days. Choose modest, comfortable outfits that don’t require dry cleaning. Pack a travel-size container of laundry…

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Clinical Opiate Withdrawal Scale

Clinical Opiate Withdrawal Scale The assessment of the stages of withdrawal from opiates requires a clinician to administer a test with an 11-item measurement tool. The clinical opiate withdrawal scale rates the severity of symptoms that patients typically present. Taking the Test Clinicians can assess a client in either an inpatient or an outpatient setting. The combined scores provide a basis for identifying the stages of withdrawal and evaluating the level of physical dependence on opioids that someone may exhibit. While the test requires a clinician to make a subjective…

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Family Support Programs for Addiction

Family Support Programs for Addiction When a loved one is mired in active addiction, it’s natural for their family to think that inpatient rehab alone will get them on the road to recovery. While it is true that inpatient treatment is a wise and effective step, it is just the beginning of a long, difficult journey. All too often, recovering addicts return home from rehab only to be thrust into family dynamics that threaten to sabotage their newfound sobriety. Even if your home life is good, the people there waiting…

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Finding and Choosing Inpatient Rehab in California

Finding and Choosing Inpatient Rehab in California When it comes to seeking professional rehabilitation for a substance abuse problem, there will likely be many different options available to you. Some people experience confusion or anxiety surrounding the important task of choosing a treatment facility. The information below has been developed to provide additional insight into inpatient rehab settings. It will also talk about some of the primary benefits associated with seeking treatment from an inpatient facility. Complications Associated with Substance Abuse Substance abuse is a serious problem that will impact…

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Benefits of 12 Step Rehab

Benefits of 12 Step Rehab Around 74 percent of rehab facilities incorporate 12 step methods into well-rounded treatment programs. The 12 step model was created when Alcoholics Anonymous was founded in 1935. The two founders were a physician and a would-be lawyer who was too intoxicated to pick up his diploma from law school. Both men stayed sober for the remainder of their lives. AA began as a faith-based organization, but it was open to people of all religions and even atheists. Modern 12 step programs still operate that way….

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Myths of Drug Rehab Los Angeles

Myths of Drug Rehab Los Angeles If you are facing an alcohol or drug addiction and are desperate to find a way out of the trap, you are likely considering drug rehab Los Angeles, which is a great option. Going to a qualified treatment facility is one of the most powerful ways for anyone to overcome addiction and move forward with life. The problem is that a lot of myths surround addiction treatment, and these misconceptions may turn many people away. Others who commit to recovery may have unrealistic expectations…

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