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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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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California Fire Department Tracks College Students Alcohol Incidents

by baladmin | September 2, 2014

Alcohol Emergency Calls Place Overload on City Resources UC Berkley students who like to drink alcohol placed an excessive amount of alcohol related emergency calls to the Berkley Fire Department on August 25, 2014. Starting at about 11 p.m. that evening,  the Berkley Fire Department received 16 emergency calls from the campus, 12 of which […]

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Alcohol-Myths & Facts

by baladmin | August 6, 2014

Alcohol holds a special but complicated place in our society. A brightly colored Cosmopolitan is the drink of choice for the glamorous characters on Sex and the City. James Bond prefers his martini—shaken—not stirred—to unwind after taking out a villain. Weddings would not be the same without a champagne toast by the best man and […]

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Managing Emotional Stress in Recovery

by baladmin | June 23, 2014

We live in a stressful world. Stress is almost as common as breathing. Did you know that many famous people have suffered from emotional stress too? Abraham Lincoln, Winston Churchill, Bill Russell, Alanis Morisette, Howard Stern and Oprah Winfrey all suffered from stress so much so that it affected their lives negatively. Bill Russell of […]

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Undiagnosed Trauma Can Fuel Addiction

by baladmin | May 27, 2014

Undiagnosed Trauma & Self Medicating The dually diagnosed client is a person who is suffering from one or more mental illnesses while at the same time being actively involved in a substance abuse addiction. Trauma is a debilitating mental illness and is similar to the experience of PTSD. In an effort to alleviate the suffering, […]

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Sum 41 Front Man in Hospital from Alcoholism

by baladmin | May 23, 2014

Sum 41 front man Deryck Whibley announced that he is being treated in the hospital after alcoholism “finally caught up” with him. Collapsed Liver & Kidney from Alcohol Deryck Whibley of Sum 41 hospitalized for collapsed liver and kidney. ‘If I have one drink the docs say I will die’ Deryck wrote on his site […]

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A Father’s Experience – Balboa Horizons Alumni Story

by baladmin | May 16, 2014

My daughter had just turned 25 when she arrived for long-term treatment at Balboa Horizons in August of 2012.  She had been in Utah for her first 3 months of primary treatment, and that had been a very good experience.  She really didn’t want to leave Utah, but we had been advised that Balboa Horizons would be the […]

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