Opioid Crisis Documentaries

Opioid Crisis Documentaries Bring Epidemic to Light The opioid crisis in the U.S. has led to great suffering. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, there are more than 115 fatal overdoses every day due to opioids. People become hooked on addictive prescription painkillers. They may start using heroin or turn to fentanyl and other synthetic opioids. The risks they face include death, serious health problems, psychological impairments, and diminished quality of life, including job loss and the disintegration of relationships. Documentaries can help us better understand the crisis…

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Fentanyl Overdose, Cocaine, Drug Addiction & Alcoholism

When I was 5 years old I never envisioned myself at 22 years old in fentanyl overdose, using cocaine, with a drug addiction and alcoholism. In fact, I thought I would be a veterinarian because I liked animals. I was using drugs in high school and drinking quite a bit, but I was still good student… well mediocre, I could’ve been a good student. My parents found weed in my room and alcohol in my car and took away my car keys for a month. At the time I thought,…

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Desperate for Something Different

Sometimes life just sucks. I was desperate for something different. I grew up in a broken home, with a schizophrenic mom. As far as I can remember I was always asking myself why can’t I be like others. By others, I mean having both parents in the home and a mother that either didn’t have schizophrenia or at the worst, she did have it and would at least take her medications. I remember kids telling me, “your mom is crazy.” Their remarks were piercing, they would hurt deeply. It got…

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Are Californians Safe from Seasonal Affective Disorder?

A seasonal analysis of drug overdose deaths in major California metropolitan areas The holiday season is here! Regardless of your heritage, familial traditions or religion, the final months of the year are a chance for us to get together with our loved ones to celebrate. For many, this time of year is cause for worry, and can trigger anxiety and depression, two unfortunately common factors contributing to drug and alcohol addiction. We’ve found that in most states across the US, the approach of winter is a catalyst for drug overdoses….

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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 Do I Bring to Drug & Alcohol Rehab?

Choosing to admit yourself to rehab is a huge decision. This time of transition is a stressful one, but it shouldn’t have to be! Wherever you choose to start your recovery, your treatment center is committed to making this period of change as easy and comfortable as possible. They’ll take the guesswork out of things like your meals and other essentials, but there are some things you’ll need to bring with you. In this post, we’ll be covering what you should and shouldn’t bring with you to rehab so you…

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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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