Yoga and Addiction Recovery

by baladmin | October 14, 2015

To the blind eye it may seem that yoga is simply a bunch of stretching and napping, but if you move a little deeper you’ll see that there is more to what meets the eye. Yoga is gaining popularity in the addiction recovery community for its emotional, physical and spiritual benefits. Its combination of mindful […]

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What is Trauma Therapy?

by baladmin | September 15, 2015

Many of our clients with chemical addictions struggle with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD.) Over 50% of those who struggle with PTSD self-medicate with alcohol, 30% use drugs. Somatic therapy is one of the best ways to help those suffering from PTSD. The word somatic comes from the Greek word “soma” which means living body. […]

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Family Recovery Meetings

by baladmin | September 3, 2015

Has your life been affected by someone’s alcohol or drug abuse? Are you confused about what to do about it?  Are you tired of walking on eggshells? Balboa Horizons offers a solution…  Family Recovery Meetings  You can start exploring the process of recovery in our weekly Family Recovery Meetings. These meetings are designed for families AND those that […]

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Social Media in Early Addiction Recovery

by baladmin | September 1, 2015

Social media is an incredible tool for self-expression and connection. However, the process of recovery often reveals a new self with different values and interests. The simple act of logging in to Facebook and seeing old photos and friends can bring up painful memories. Taking steps forward in a new way of life while messages […]

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Addiction and Boundaries

by baladmin | August 20, 2015

Developing boundaries in relationships is an important part of addiction recovery. Boundaries distinguish an individuals emotions and needs from another. Often, people in recovery struggle with anxiety that causes them to avoid voicing their discomfort. As well, when a person is unfamiliar with their own emotional and physical boundaries they are not aware of them […]

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How to Get the Most out of Therapy

by baladmin | August 13, 2015

Sometimes therapy can feel like a carousel ride. You show-up. Pay a quarter. Have a seat. Take a spin around the mind. Return in a week. Do it all over again. What you may not be aware of is that the carousel ride on the couch is not the main attraction. What happens between the […]

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Therapies for Addiction Recovery

by baladmin | August 6, 2015

Therapy is crucial to addiction recovery. It reveals the patterns that trigger addiction, creates space to heal, and develop alternatives to harmful behavior. The following are some of the most effective therapies for recovering from alcohol and drug abuse. Some are used simultaneously, while others are added at later stages. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) – Cognition […]

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Pain Pills Now Harder to Get

by baladmin | January 26, 2015

On Monday new federal rules moved prescription drug medication containing hydrocodone into a stricter drug class. The most abused pain killers that include hydrocodone include Vicodin, Lortab, and Norco. These drugs account for more prescriptions than any other drug, with more than 130 million filled each year. Some of the rules that are now in […]

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Dual Diagnosis: How Treatment Can Help

by baladmin | January 19, 2015

What is a dual diagnosis? A dual diagnosis, or co-occurring disorder, exists when a person has mental illness issues along with substance abuse problems. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), around 8.9 million adults have co-occurring disorders How is it treated? While medication support can be a useful tool in […]

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What is Post-Acute Withdrawal Syndrome?

by baladmin | November 12, 2014

Post-Acute Withdrawal Syndrome Many people have heard of alcohol and drug withdrawal symptoms that occur within the first 5-7 days after the last use, but what about the long-term withdrawal that can happen for up to years after getting clean and sober? This is not nearly as well-known or talked about. This phenomenon is called Post-Acute Withdrawal […]

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