Self-Care in Addiction Recovery

by Balboa Horizons | May 2, 2018

Self-care in addiction recovery can be mood stabilizing. Whether you read a book, play a sport, or practice meditation, self-care is necessary. Self-care can include anything that helps you relax, enjoy life, or improve your mood. It can be as simple as getting a manicure, going to the spa, surfing, or even yoga. Whatever the […]

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How to Stop Using Drugs When You’ve Been Using Every Day

by Balboa Horizons | April 3, 2018

How to stop using drugs when you’ve been using every day. Whether you are taking prescription medication or using illicit drugs every day you may have tried to stop using on your own at some point. Drugs in most forms take their toll on individuals often leaving them without hope and with the same symptoms […]

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Crafting the “New You” Post Recovery

by Balboa Horizons | June 23, 2016

The self-awareness that is built in addiction treatment is priceless. Through this new lens one’s life can be self-navigated in a direction that aligns with individual goals and values. When we have a mind and body connection of what we think, say and do our lives can radically transform. However, this new found awakening can […]

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10 Benefits of Not Drinking Alcohol

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Whether you choose not to drink alcohol because you identify as an alcoholic or you simply don’t like the taste, there are many benefits from ditching the booze. Here are 10 of them: Presence – The opiate effects of alcohol can be relaxing and ease social anxiety for some. Yet, like any uncomfortable situation or […]

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What Happens at a Family Recovery Meeting

by Balboa Horizons | May 6, 2016

For those new to recovery the idea of taking an hour out of ones day to attend a recovery meeting sounds like a total downer. Who would want to listen to other people talk about their problems? Funny thing is, a lot of people find it incredibly effective in helping tthemselves emotionally and supporting their family […]

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10 Fun Ways to Celebrate Your Sobriety

by Balboa Horizons | May 5, 2016

Overcoming a drug and alcohol addiction calls for some serious celebration! Many in recovery choose to honor their birthdays each year by taking a chip at an A.A. meeting and celebrating with friends and family. For those new to recovery, celebrations sans alcohol may sound boring. Not true! A lot of fun can be had […]

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Dream Analysis in Addiction Treatment

by Balboa Horizons | April 7, 2016

Dream analysis has been used for thousands of years. It’s recorded that the Egyptians and Babylonians used analysis as a form of prophecy. Tibetans have their own form of analysis which they connect spiritual meaning to. It was introduced in the west as a tool in psychotherapy by Sigmund Freud. Depending on the philosophy you […]

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Medications for Addiction

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The initial treatment for drug and alcohol addiction traditionally includes medication. The individual symptoms a person is experiencing will determine the type of pharmaceutical and/or supplement prescribed. Here are a few of the most popular types of medications that treat addictions and their co-occurring disorders: Antidepressants Many who struggle with addiction also battle depression. Antidepressants […]

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Autism and Addiction

by Balboa Horizons | April 5, 2016

Characteristics of autism are difficulties with social interactions, communication challenges and a tendency to engage in repetitive behaviors. People who struggle with drug and alcohol addiction tend to also struggle with social anxiety, mood disorders and obsessive compulsive disorder. Some researchers are asking if those with autism use drugs and alcohol in order to help relieve […]

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Dialectical Behavior Therapy for Addiction

by Balboa Horizons | March 30, 2016

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) has been used to treat those struggling with addictions, self-harm and borderline personality disorder. Many clients in addiction rehabs battle all three. One common denominator in them is the struggle in handling intense emotions. Someone with borderline personality disorder may become angry and in the effort to calm themselves use drugs […]

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