Meditation for Addiction

by Balboa Horizons | March 28, 2016

Many addiction treatment centers are incorporating daily meditation into their treatment plans. Evidence has shown that meditation is useful for helping one observe thoughts and rewire brain structure. Both have proven useful for those trying to overcome addictions. Here’s how… Discipline From breath work to yoga there are many forms of sitting and moving meditations. […]

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The Brain and Gut Connection with Addiction

by baladmin | February 26, 2016

You have probably heard the expression, “Trust your gut.” At one time or another, we have all had the experience of not trusting and having things go south. What explains this phenomena? Part of it can be understood through vagus nerve which connects the gut lining to the brain. The Enteric Nervous System (ENS) lives […]

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Selecting A Therapist Post-Rehab

by baladmin | February 24, 2016

Many people who complete addiction rehab programs continue their recovery process in therapy. Working with a therapist post-treatment allows one the opportunity to continue combing through triggers and build upon strengths. One benefit of rehab is that a therapist that specializes in chemical addiction and co-occurring disorders is assigned to you. When you return home […]

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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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Holiday Visits to Family: 10 Tools to Stay Sober

by baladmin | December 23, 2015

For some of you this may be your first holiday sober from drugs and alcohol. Though the habits of addiction may be absent seeing old places and faces can be triggering. In addition, there is a learning curve for your family getting acquainted with the new person you are; someone with different values and interests. […]

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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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