Pain Management Without Drugs: Managing Pain in Sobriety

by baladmin | November 19, 2014

Chronic pain Can Lead to Drug Dependency Chronic pain can be the starting point in long-term opiate abuse, and can lead many into a devastating and dark battle with addiction. The problem with chronic pain is once someone seeks help for an addiction and gets clean and sober, the pain doesn’t necessarily go away. This is why […]

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Gender Differences in Drug Abuse: Why Gender-Specific?

by baladmin | November 6, 2014

Growing Awareness of Gender Differences in Substance Abuse and Treatment According to recent studies, awareness of gender differences in drug abuse has been growing over the past 15 years. The research shows that men and women with substance abuse disorders are not the same, therefore gender-specific programming is ideal in drug and alcohol treatment. The prevalence […]

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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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Could 2 Simple Questions Determine Alcoholism?

by baladmin | July 9, 2014

Recently a test was conducted among 61 test subjects to determine if there is a simple way to determine if someone has a problem with alcoholism. There is much interest in ultra-short alcohol screening for primary care inpatient rehabs that treat alcoholism. Brief screening consisting of one or two questions is thought to be useful […]

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How Does My Body Image Affect Me?

by baladmin | July 2, 2014

Our body image is the mental image we have of our physical appearance. Many factors influence our body image, such as how much we weigh, how our weight is distributed, our values about physical appearance, what we hear through the media and of course-what we hear from others. People with a better body image tend […]

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People Suffering from Anxiety Increased 400% Since 1988

by baladmin | June 2, 2014

Anxiety is a natural emotion designed to warn us and keep us safe or prepare us to take action. However, when anxiety becomes persistent and seemingly uncontrollable it becomes overwhelming. Anxiety disorders are the most common psychiatric illnesses affecting children and adults. An estimated 40 million American adults suffer from anxiety disorders. Only about one-third […]

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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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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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Heroin Task Force Listens to Testimonies

by baladmin | May 15, 2014

People Talk About Heroin & Opiate Addiction Family’s, doctors and addicts share their stories of battling with opiate/heroin addiction at the New York Senate Opiate Heroin Task Force Roundtable.  The Heroin Task Force will use the information obtained in these discussions to strengthen their criminal justice laws and develop recommendations on ways to address this […]

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Heroin Use Nearly Doubled Between 2005 and 2012

by baladmin | May 13, 2014

In a national survey, the number of people who admitted to using heroin in the past year nearly doubled between 2005 and 2012, from 380,000 to 670,000, according to Dr. Nora Volkow, director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse. Pain Med Addiction Prelude to Heroin Addiction “Heroin provides a similar high as prescription opioid,” […]

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