Dissociative Disorder and Addiction

by baladmin | February 24, 2016

The reason why people abuse drugs and alcohol varies. Currently, quite a bit of research points to trauma leading to chemical dependency. Trauma is a painful experience that shocks the body. This can be neglect from a caregiver as a child, physical or sexual abuse, witnessing a death or engaging in combat. When an individual […]

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One Tip for a Successful I.O.P. Experience

by baladmin | January 2, 2016

Some people refer to recovery as a re-birth. The metamorphous of changing from one thing (an addict) into another (a sober person.) It may be helpful to remember that the birthing process is long and messy. It takes a mother 9 months to grow a baby in her womb and the deed of birthing that […]

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The Time and Place to Say “I’m Sober”

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Whether or not you share with people that you’re sober from drug and alcohol addiction is a personal choice. Some people believe that their recovery is a part of their identity and choose to wear their story on their sleeve. These people candidly joke, “I don’t drink. I am allergic to alcohol. I break out […]

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A Question to Keep Asking in Recovery

by baladmin | December 21, 2015

As humans we eventually learn that things don’t always go according to plan. As kids we don’t anticipate becoming addicted to drugs and alcohol, nor does anyone expect their child to develop addictions. Yet, these difficult things happen to many of us. Part of the process of healing from them is to grieve the loss […]

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FAQ’s About Recovery Meeting

by baladmin | December 8, 2015

Q: How do addiction recovery meetings help? A: Meetings help in a many ways. For one, it helps people to see they are not alone. Often the disease of addiction is filled with shame so the person struggling and their family feel isolated in their struggle. Meetings are a place to anonymously connect with people […]

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Balboa Horizons Recovery Tribe

by baladmin | November 12, 2015

By definition a tribe is a distinct people, dependent on their land for their livelihood, who are largely self-sufficient, and not integrated into a national society. In many ways Balboa Horizons is a tribe on the recovery battlefield. Addiction recovery provides the space for people to take a step back from their everyday lives and  […]

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Doing the Holidays In Recovery

by baladmin | November 10, 2015

The holidays can be a stressful time of year for all families, but especially for those affected by alcohol and drug addiction. Often there are many unresolved wounds that come up when engaging with one another. When it comes to the holidays it’s important to remember that everyone who shows up wants to build connection in […]

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Movement Therapies for Addiction

by baladmin | November 6, 2015

Traditionally, addiction has been treated with psychotherapy. Newly developed therapies called movement therapies are proving to be incredibly beneficial. Movement therapy can include dancing, yoga, tai chi, etc… this therapy model addresses both the psychological and the physiological health of a person. Physically our autonomic nervous system (ANS) remembers everything we feel, hear, see and […]

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Managing Sugar Cravings in Recovery

by baladmin | October 30, 2015

There are many inside jokes in recovery. One being, “I put the plug in the jug and the refrigerator door popped open.” It’s common for people in recovery to stop one addiction and then start another; a common one is eating sugar. Constantly reaching for candy, cookies, frozen yogurt and any other food loaded with sweetness […]

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Processing Anger in Addiction Recovery

by baladmin | October 21, 2015

Anger is a common human emotion; just like excitement, fear, sadness, frustration and jealousy. However, anger is one the most taboo feelings. Often, when anger is avoided and suppressed it causes further stress and sometimes addictions. Alcohol, drugs and food are commonly used to suppress emotions. What many of us fail to understand is that […]

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